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Q: Building budget HTPC

I need it to stream netflix in 1080p..and Hulu and any other free video sites.Also it needs to be able to be used as a DVR.I don't care too much about saving video or playing blue-ray.I just want it to stream movies and shows and record movies and shows.I need to know what i need to buy to make this work.Do i need a tv tuner?Graphics card?I want to keep cost down as much as possible without compromising quality of video and audio.I have a HD LCD TV in 1080p

Also is an HDMI port required or necessary?Is beyond tv a good software to use?Do i need windows 7 or will Linux work for my needs just as well?Oh i almost forgot I want to be able to skip commercials as painlessly as possible.Can i run my digital cable box thru it?


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My brother has asked me to build him a budget htpc.

He has already picked up a Silverstone LC10 case, I have an old 800 watt atx cheapo brand psu spare,

I am looking for a mobo, cpu, and ram bundle, for around £150.

I was looking at this, but to be honest im not to up on apus:

This pc is for playing world of tanks, and other similar games at 1080p.

Any suggestions would be appreciated

A:Budget HTPC build

Try these components (I did amazon UK so if im incorrect on region sorry)


Corsair Vengeance 1600 4gb stick (You can always add more later)


This processor has a better GPU and will give more than enough performance over the 5600

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Hi guys i am build my first HTPC and need some help with it.
it will be playing mostly MKV files from m720p - 1080p.

OS - w7 Ultimate

CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz Dual Core Processor is it enough

Ram - DDR3 2GB

Motherboard - MSI 785G-E53 AM3 785G or MSI 785GM-P45 AM3 785G both have a ATi Radeon HD4200 Graphics Chipset will the HD4200 working with 1080p

Drives - 3x2TB 1x500GB 1xDVD

PSU - 500W

is this all ok or do i need any upgrades Pls lat me know or any other suggestion..

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Personally I'd forget AMD go for an Intel Quad core, and up the ram to 4 gig,
Also step up your PSU to 650w.

As to Motherboards don't stint, its the heart of the system. (I prefer Asus)

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Well I'm starting to work on my HTPC / DVR setup. I picked up a (surpassingly) decent computer for $20 at a moving sale. Has a 2.8ghz P4 dual core in it, 2 gigs DDR ram and it had Gefore 8800 GTS dual slot graphics card, but I had to steel that to replace a my 9800GT graphics that died. And it has a 600 watt power supply & a DVD drive. No hard drives tho.

So now I need to put a new graphics card in it. All I need it to do is do video play back, and down the road its going to record video via an internal TV Tuner card.

So I'm looking for any recommendations on a video card. I do want it to have an HDMI out, and be able to play back full 1080p video w/o any issues. It will be hooked up to a ~55" HDTV I will be getting this spring.

Also would like it to be fanless to keep the noise down.

From some poking around on newegg my top pick so far has been:
SAPPHIRE 100292DDR3L Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

So wondering any opinions on said card, and if it should be more than enough to do 1080p playback?


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Is there a simple guide for simple people for turning a desktop computer into a dual-tuner HD DVR that supports DD5.1?

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Ok, so I'm thinking of converting one of my pcs into a htpc/pvr and have some questions that I hope some of you here can help me with.

First off, the system is a:
Athlon 64 @ 2.4ghz
1GB ram
80GB hard drive
Dvd burner

I have many questions, first, since almost all video tuner cards are software decoding based, will this system be enough to record hdtv(720p/1080i) while watching a show? A guy I know said to do that I'd need a dual core cpu(preferably intel), and he said that athlons aren't good for video decoding/encoding, is this true?

Also, I am trying to find a good pci or pci-e x1 tuner card. I want to get both ntsc and atsc over the air (OTA) broadcasts. I also want it to have a remote, and I really want the card and remote to work with myth tv (unless someone knows of a better htpc/pvr software). I was looking at the kworld atsc_110 at newegg, it has bad reviews on xp mce, but seems to be good for myth. Any suggestions on a tuner card, or if the kworld will work for me?

If my hardware is ok, I guess I'd just need a tuner, and maybe a larger hard drive.

If anyone has suggestions or more information, please post, it'd be appreciated.

I probably have just as many questions on setting myth tv up, but this is the hardware section, and I guess I'll ask those questions once I decide on the hardware required.


A:Thinking of building a HTPC/PVR, need some advice.

Plenty... except for the HD you'll need 160GB as a min. I use 300GB Maxtor PATA 16MB Cache.

I've built a AMD 64 for this purpose also... (I have pictures of this here on techspot gallery)

This is what I use for a tuner card: I have purchased 4 of them. You can record up to 4 different cable channels or watch and pause live tv. If you want to do more goto www.gbpvr.com (there you will find free pvr software.

I also use the MVP connected from the HTPC over the network to stream video and audio to the tv in the living room. I also have 4 of these for each room that has a tv. To playback MPEG2 video, watch Live tv (also pause it, ff/rw it too.) Can listen to Shoutcast Radio, playback MP3 music, look you your my documents/my pictures folder on your tv. This can also be done on your PC. You'll need the GBPVR software to stream the video to the TV using MVP. If you don't want that you can use your PC instead. This PVR-150 also comes with WinTV2000 software which you can record or better yet dub video from your old VCR to your PC to make MPEG2 and then transcode into a DVD.


MPEG record specifications:

MPEG2 record datarates:
2MBit/sec, 4MBit/sec, 6Mbit/sec, 8Mbit/sec, 12Mbit/sec.
Selections for DVD Standard play (8MBitsec), DVD Long Play (4MBit/sec) and DVD Extra Long Play (2.5MBit/sec)

NTSC format* at 29.97fps: Full D1: 720x480, MPEG1: 352x240

PAL format* at 25fps: Full D1: 720x576, MPEG1: 352x288

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I'm wanting to build a solid HTPC with the ability to handle hi-definition playback and recording. If someone has a link they could pass on to me I would appreciate it. Or, I'd welcome anyone's input--particularly your recommendations on hardware, etc. Thanks.

A:Looking for link/info on building an HTPC

Welcome to Techspot!

Well HD recording you need to get your hands:


Then for free software to use on the PC or media network boxes
www.gbpvr.com or forums.gbpvr.com (I am there also)

I've built HTPC since 2004, another one in 2005, 2006.. Still use it everyday to record off the CableTV. Now for HD recording it's not offered to use on PC to record as of yet. Only with Motorola DCT 6416 DVR HDTV which I have it does record.

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Ok since i upgraded my main machine couple weeks ago , i am left with some parts that could be used in making an HTPC

My parts i have currently are :

Motherboard = Asrock fm2 a75m dgs Micro Atx
Cpu = Amd A 10 5800k
Gpu = Radeon 6670 hd

What would be a good case to get to accomadate these components, also what size and speed ram should i look at getting aswell as hard disk drive ???

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I don't think you need a separate GPU in a HTPC build. Not using a separate GPU means you can go for a smaller case and cooling is less of a worry, If you're using Linux and XBMC then you probably only need 4GB RAM. An SSD is quite a good idea as this means the unit will boot up quickly when you need to watch a film but getting a quiet CPU cooler means you can keep it on without having the noise get to much. Size of HDD really depends on the amount of media you have - I'd say 1TB is a minimum. Getting a quiet PSU is also a good idea.

You can also buy small (tiny) PC's that act as home theatres - it's up to you to decide if it's worth it. With cases you want something quiet, small and subtle in order for it to be allowed in the lounge - after that it's really a matter of personal taste.

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Ok guys i have a couple spare parts from my old pc and im looking to build a HTPC

I currently have a FM2A75M-DGS motherboard
and a AMD A10 5800K CPU

Im looking for prices and specs of cheap components to make this into a fully working machine to use in my living room as an android box replacement

any help is greatly appreciated

A:Building A HTPC Need Ideas for Remaing parts

With that CPU and Mobo you can tie it all together pretty easily. Using PC Part Picker could help you a lot in this situation. You just follow along with what it provides you. I would say if you're going cheap do not cheap out of the PSU.

I already add your motherboard and processor so it gets you started. If any problems arise feel free to ask here.
AMD A10-5800K - System Build - PCPartPicker United Kingdom

Also, if you want to save a good bit in price & want a light gaming and great media experience, you can get Linux distros that is setup out of the box for that. Save a few quid just for not buying a Windows license.

If gaming and you like SteamOS, but want Kodi VaporOS is the way to go. It is much easier to install than standard SteamOS iso.
Steam Community :: Group :: VaporOS

--- Standard Kodi based distros ---
Kodibuntu FAQ - Kodi (The download page is in a different location: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/releases/kod...elix_amd64.iso)



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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, so mods feel free to move.

I'm planning to build a cheap HTPC with the sole purpose of acting as a universal movie and game playback streaming device. I will want it to play DVDs and bluray disks locally along with visitor's pictures and movies on disks, sd cards, or usb sticks. I will want it to connect to Netflix, Youtube, CraveTV (maybe), PlayStation NOW, and connect to my main desktop for Steam In-House and maybe ripped movies (but I don't have any ATM so that's not a worry).

And most importantly, I want it to do all this seamlessly and simply so that I can let a (let's assume technically competent) family member or visitor use it without much direct instruction.

Full Bluray support and PSNOW/Steam In-house rules out Linux and consoles respectively, and seems to only leave me with a Windows PC as compatible with everything (Maybe macOS, but I'm concerned that the OS is no longer viable).

However, Windows 10 doesn't do most of these things natively, and I'm concerned about having a jarring interface that makes navigation difficult. I'd prefer everything to be easily controlled by a remote control, hopping to a mini keyboard (maybe a slideout from the remote?) and a Steam controller only when necessary.

How would I do this?
1. Can I use Windows 10's Tablet mode with a tweaked start menu as the interface? Would most apps respect it fine?
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i am 18 and i will be going to college this fall. i will be going into engineering so ill need to be able to run things like auto-cad. i am also an avid gamer and i enjoy games like starcraft 2. my current computer is 7 years old and can only run it on the lowest graphic setting. i have a budget of at the most 700 dollars. my dad is going to buy me a laptop so i was thing of having a good desktop and a net-book to bring to class and type notes and write papers. my dad suggested he would put 600 dollars (what he was expecting to spend on a laptop for me) to getting a nice laptop that runs games well. i have 3 questions

1 is this a good idea to just get a really nice laptop or do the desktop and net-book deal

2 one of my friend put together a system for me and i want to know if it is any good.

3 is the solid state drive a good idea

processor AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

case COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

LOGISYS Computer CF120BL BLUE 4 LED LED Case Fan

hard drive-Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Ram Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Arctic Silver MTX-2.5G Matrix Thixotropic Premium Thermal Compound

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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Hello people.

I want to purchase a new PC within $650(cannot exceed the price range)

What i mainly want to know is about MOBO and PROCESSOR !!

I dont mind AMD or INTEL... i want as much performance i can get

My HDD requirements are : 120 GB (nothing more than that)

and need 17in' or 19 in' LCD monitor


graphics card : 128MB will be fine .. But if i can afford 256MB within the price, then fine

DVD writer already decided keep $50 for it

Dont care for speakers or keyboard or mouse .. anything that i am comfortable with (So around $20 --> already decided)
I am heavy MULTI-TASKING USER .. Not at all GAMING USER !

I need boost to Browsing experience, Video Encoding and Fast response of my application.

Should really be Vista compatible. Kindly be more descriptive about the hardware you want to suggest me
Kindly Suggest me



Graphics CARD

and other stuff which sums up to $650 .. Need to get performance for every dollar
i live in INDIA... anyways give me the config details

Thanks a lot in Advance

A:Help building Budget PC within $650

That lcd monitor realy limits you. A pentium D 820, and a this mobo


and a this vid card


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My friend recommended me to this site for advice on how to build a New Pc. This would be my 1st time trying something like this.
I'm looking to build a gaming rig, Online gaming mostly. Some single player games like Skyrim ect. My Budget range is $1500. I could go a little higher if I need to. Using a HP pavilion Dv7 Laptop Living in New England. So I wont be transferring over anything. I will need a keyboard and at least one monitor. I got no OS software sadly. It is possible to find Windows XP still? If I have to go with Windows 7 I will. I havent tried water cooling but, if I will look up a guide if it is preferred.

A:New to Building a Pc on a budget

Rucion said:

My friend recommended me to this site for advice on how to build a New Pc. This would be my 1st time trying something like this.
I'm looking to build a gaming rig, Online gaming mostly. Some single player games like Skyrim ect. My Budget range is $1500. I could go a little higher if I need to. Using a HP pavilion Dv7 Laptop Living in New England. So I wont be transferring over anything. I will need a keyboard and at least one monitor. I got no OS software sadly. It is possible to find Windows XP still? If I have to go with Windows 7 I will. I havent tried water cooling but, if I will look up a guide if it is preferred.Click to expand...

Let me see what I can do for you, with $1500 you can get a pretty beastly system even including keyboard, monitor, and OS.

Here is my recommended parts list (Using Amazon):
i5 4690K
MSI Z97-G55
Cooler Master Hyper212
Gskill 8gb DDR3 1866 (2x4gb)
NZXT Phantom 410 (Kinda just picked one I like, case can be whatever your preference is)
XFX DD R9 290
Samsung 840 EVO 240gb SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM
Corsair CXM 600Watt PSU
LG DVD Drive
Windows 7 Home
Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard
Asus VN247H Monitor

The total price of that build is about £1,184 which is right around the $1500 (Slightly above according to the conversion) but this will overall give you everything you would need for a strong gaming machine with an excellent board, processor, and GPU. All of this together will provide you 10... Read more

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So it's been a while since I played WoW and I recently just got back into it. I'm looking forward to the new expansion but my computer is 6 years old and can't handle anything anymore. I was wondering if anyone could help me with a budget build that will run WoW and maybe CoD and a few other games, nothing crazy.

This is what I currently have as it was gifted to me :
Intel i7 6700k
And 2 GTX 970 gpu

I'm just not sure how to build around that on a budget, and I mean budget lol. I just want to play already
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I have to get a new PC(excluding GPU and PSU)

I'm thinking of these items. Please help me choose what's better:

MB: http://www.amazon.com/M5A99FX-PRO-R2-0-990FX-Motherboard/dp/B008B6ONXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370722343&sr=8-1&keywords=M5A99FX+PRO+R2.0

CPU: Amazon.com: AMD FX-8350 FX-Series Eight-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3+ FD8350FRHKBOX: Computers & Accessories

RAM: Amazon.com: Kingston HyperX Beast 16 GB Kit (2x8 GB) 2400MHz DDR3 PC3-19200 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM XMP Desktop Memory KHX24C11T3K2/16X: Computers & Accessories

Cooler: Amazon.com: Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 120mm Radiator - 1 Fan: Electronics

HD: Amazon.com: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST310005N1A1AS-RK-Retail Kit: Computers & Accessories

Please provide your inputs.

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Personally, I wouldn`t buy anything off Amazon.

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Hey all,

ok so i was thinking of just doing some minor upgrades to my pc and then after checking on here and finding out i need a new motherboard to go with with ram and gpu i decided i might as well go the full bang with a completely new pc.

Im going to be building it with a friend who has pc building experience but i wanted to get all the components myself and thought you guys would know if ive made any noobie mistakes.

So here goes:

Case: ANTEC VSK-2000 New Solution Tower Case (http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...tion=shoppingCartAdd&productId=39092&context=)

PSU: Arianet Ezool 650W Tornado ATX2.2 Power Supply (http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...+Tornado+ATX2.2+Power+Supply+?productId=37291)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AMD 785G (Socket AM3) DDR3 PCI-Express Micro-ATX Motherboard (http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...xpress+Micro-ATX+Motherboard+?productId=37624)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 125W 3.20GHz (Socket AM3) Processor (http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...cket+AM3)+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=35816)

RAM: 2x G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit (http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...6C9+1333MHz+Dual+Channel+Kit+?productId=37609)

GPU: VTX ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024MB GDDR5 (http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...R5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=38060)

HD: Western Digital 500GB 3.5" SATA II Hard Drive (http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp....5"+SATA+II+Hard+Drive+-+O... Read more

A:Solved: building a new pc on a budget

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I'm trying to put together a powerful computer that will last a very long time.

I'd like an Intel quad-core processor, at least 4GB of DDR3 RAM, multiple USB slots, FireWire, wireless capabilities, a fast DVD drive/burner, a good sound card, and a fast HDD (preferably 500GB or over).

I need a good graphics card (or two graphics cards, depending on the other hardware) that can handle Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 2, and other more demanding games.

Also, a case to hold everything together, enough power, cooling, etc.

I'll be using the computer for gaming, video editing, graphics design, and generally very demanding operations, all at the same time.

It would also be nice if the computer is easy to upgrade as new technologies come out.

I have about $2000 available to me (not including the OS, monitor, keyboard, and mouse, which I'll take care of later).

I've been doing some research, but it's more complicated than I thought. I'd be grateful if anyone could recommend a build or any sort of advice.

A:Building PC with $2000 Budget

with a core i7 setup you should be good for a while, Which will leave you happy with under a 2k budget.

You'll soon get post here about core 2 duos that can overclock to 4ghz. Those are all fine and dandy, they do their jobs well. On a 700-900 budget.

I'd recommend an core i7 setup, with a 3 or 6 gig ram kit. I think the asus and Gigabyte boards are great.

You may see a price drop after jan 8th when nvidia drops their new cards. I'd usually say a 4870 1gb version or a 4870x2 with your budget.

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Yeah. >_>

Anyway, the computer will primarily be used for internet surfing *coughcough*, gaming, music downloading, and the other random crap I do. Also, if anyone knows of a good, cheap DSL/Satellite (cable doesn't run out here) broadband service that runs most anywhere, that would appreciated, since I'm not having any luck finding one.

Now, for what you've ALL been waiting for, Pengy/Rawk's... uh... computer? Also, all of this is from Newegg.


AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego ($233.00)

~Mother Board~

DFI LanParty NF4 ($196.00)

~Video Card~

SAPPHIRE Radeon X800PRO ($196.00)


Patriot 1GB 184-pin DDR SDRAM ($126.33)


OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 ($167.41)

~Hard Drive~

Western Digital Caviar SE16 ($115.00)

~DVD Burner~

Plextor Black IDE ($45.99)


Sunbeam Transformer ($98.99)


ASPIRE X-Super Alien ($152.99)


Logitech MX518 ($32.87)


Saitek Black Eclipse ($41.99)


NEC Display Solutions FE772 ($164.99)

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i would change the graphics card to a NVIDIA because ata readeon has a problem working with AMD im not really shore weather are not sapphire readon is the same and get a big monitor i know new egg has cheap monitors that are big but what do i know

(i think intel last longer then AMD)but i have an AMD 64
get a really cool looking tower with alot of power.........
hope everything will turn out...........

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I am looking into building a gaming machine with a budget of $700. I have decided to go with a socket am2+ motherboard, so that i can upgrade to a phenom processor in the future. I will start out with an athlon 64 x2 between 5000 and 6000, depending on how much i have left after the graphics card and the motherboard, about a gig of memory and all. My question is what is the best type of motherboard to go for that fits these specs? I am leaning towards a radeon hd 3870 graphics card. Because of this, it is necessary that the motherboard has crossfire support. So all in all, I am trying to find a quality socket am2+ motherboard with crossfire support under around $200. I have looked around and it seems that the possibilities are endless. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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i'm not sure what you mean by endless possibilities. i did several searches through newegg.com and i can't find more than 1 motherboard that supports a phenom processor and an X2. i've got only one. and i'm not even sure if it has crossfire support because it doesn't specify. i would imagine it does support it because it has 3 pci-e 16x slots. to me that says you could even have a three way graphics card setup going.

the unfortunate thing here is, like i said, i can't find any more than 1 that supports your specifications. and it's 260 dollars.


maybe if you listed all the other exact parts you were looking at, i could help you tweak it and force the price to go to about 700 and still get you the stuff you want.....unless of course, you're not sure what you want yet. in which case, i'll try and do a build using that motherboard, an X2, and the 3870 and keep it under 700.

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I'm building a new budget computer, I really just need it for browsing, email, and office work, nothing much. My budget is very low, nothing over $500, no graphics card. I already have the OS and phericals.
Here's what I am planning on:

Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-216DBK - OEM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX - Retail
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8002GK - Retail

Now the motherboard, I want it to run on integrated graphics and I would rather have an AM3 compatible board, but if it costs significantly more (as far as I know it doesn't) then i'll stick with AM2+.
You will have to help me on the case, I don't need anything too flashy, something cheep but reliable.

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What you have together thus far looks like a good rig with all reliable components, except we have seen early failures in the Antec 380 earthwatts. Where do you live ... the USA or another country (needed for looking at shipping and power... since I don't know where your Starcraft 0.0 is parked.)
Is this your first build?

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Ok so here's my deal...
I have about 800$ budget to build a gaming computer for my brother. Being on a tight budget I was wondering if anyone had any experience in using this type of budget and what spec's you would recommend.
Additionally he doesn't need a key board, monitor or mouse. I'm curious if I should be leaning towards putting focus on CPU/Processor, with the shortage of cash or distributing it more evenly.
Thanks for any advice

A:500-800$ budget for Computer Building

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I am in the process of helping a friend build a budget gaming rig. We are trying to keep the rig in the $800-$1000 range. Here are the parts that we have come up with, please let me know what your thoughts are.

In addition, we are planning to overclock the Intel processor, since I hear this is a great one to OC. Does anyone have a website or other info on people who have overclocked that processor?

Here are the specs:

Case: Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-8I945PL-G Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945PL Express ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N563-AX Geforce 7900GT CO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

Power Supply: ENERMAX Noisetaker EG495P-VE SFMA ATX 485W Power Supply 115/230 V UL

CPU: Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield 533MHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual Core,EM64T

Memory: G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 550 (PC 4400) Dual Channel Kit

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160811AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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I'm designing a desktop for gaming and online gaming with a strict budget and limited hardwares to choose from.

currently i have these items:

cpu: athlon AM2 X2 7750+
motherboard: ASUS M2N68-AM
graphic card: SAPPHIRE HD3650
hard disk drive: SEAGATE 16M ST2 320G
memory: KINGSTON PC800 D2 2GB
monitor: ASUS 19?VW193T
power supply: GIGABYTE SUPERB 460W
thermal solution: COOLER MASTER HYPER TX2
speaker: LOGITECH S 100 / 2 PIECE
keyboard + mouse: LOGITECH G1 DEKSTOP GAMING

are these items compatible with each other and suitable for gaming? and is it necessary for the extra cpu cooler?

A:Building a budget PC for gaming

Replace the vga, and the cpu(maybe), more ram. you should be fine then.

psu antec continuous power 650watt psu

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I'm putting a PC together for my Aunt and trying to keep it as low cost as possible yet still being ok. She'll be using it only for web browsing, some personal finance stuff with Quicken or something, email, and thats about it.

I've been following the TS Budget PC Buying Guide pretty closely with a few modifications. Here is what I've come up with:

Part Website Price Shipping
ASRock 775Dual-VSTA Socket http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157092 $55.99 $6.13
Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield 2.66GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116001 $95.00 $0.00
CORSAIR VALUE SELECT 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145568 $95.99 $4.99
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144415 $55.99 $5.64
LITE-ON Black 16X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106014 $29.99 $0.00
Spire BlackFin VI SP-2705B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811220007 $22.99 $11.34
ENERMAX EG425P-VE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103459 $59.99 $7.11
Ati Radeon 9600xt n/a $0.00 $0.00
Monitor n/a $0.00 $0.00
Keyboard/Mouse n/a $0.00 $0.00
Speakers n/a $0.00 $0.00 TOTAL:
$415.94 $35.21 $451.15

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A:Budget PC Building... Thoughts?

For the purpose stated, I think a single stick of 512MB Value RAM will be sufficient. Or alternately, two sticks of 256MB. 1GB, dual channel is great and all that but not absolutely essential for this one. If you don't want a DVD burner, I would include a combo optical drive at least (DVD-ROM/CD-RW). However, the cost difference is not much. I'm guessing you already have at least a CD-ROM drive you are salvaging.

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What is the cheapest I can get away with if I wanna upgrade a crappy laptop to be able to meet these requirements. And where can I get these parts

OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.
CPU: 2.5 GHz Intel or equivalent AMD quad-core processor.
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560, AMD Radeon HD 7770 graphics card or better (min. 2GB VRAM, DirectX 11 support)
Space Required: 20GB.
DVD-ROM Drive.


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...Well, not exactly future-proof, but at least enough to last about 3-5 years.

I'm a bit hesitant about choosing a new motherboard, processor and videocard, now that my PC finally exploded in a blaze of glory and died on me. Can anyone point me in the right direction with regards to choosing some good parts? Something that won't break the bank, though. A good budget to mid-range PC will do. I'm guessing I'll stick with nVidia 8xxx series for the graphics card, but are the Intel dual cores better than AMD ones, performance- or pricewise? Also, can anyone recommend a good motherboard?

I'm trying for something that will run Crysis at a decent framerate. Not that it's really my kind of game, but I guess it's a good benchmark for future games. I took a look at the system requirements and I'm shocked at how high they were. At the rate that game technology is advancing we're going to have to upgrade every six months if it keeps up!


A:Building a Future-proof Budget PC

First off you need to decide whether you want an AMD or Intel CPU. AMD is generally cheaper so if you want a fairly budget system then you may want to go with AMD.

This means you will need to get a socket AM2 motherboard (look for one with good reviews or see if anyone else can suggest one for you). Good AMD processors would be the Athlon 64 X2 5000+, 5600+ or 6000+ depending on how much speed you wanted. Respectively, these are 2.6, 2.8 and 3GHz per core. If you wanted to OC, then you could get the 5000+ Black Edition.

It is a good idea to get a GeForce 8 series card, you could either get the 8800GT or the 8800GTS rev. 2 when it comes out.

To go with this you will want to get good RAM and a decent PSU good enough to power all the parts and then some.

Without a budget it's hard to specify any parts other than what I've said already but i hope that helps.

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So here are my current specs of the computer:

Samsung DVD Burner ($30) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173
WD 640GB HDD ($75) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
XFX GTX295 ($500) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150333
Corsair 1000W PSU ($205) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007
6GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair RAM ($180) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145222
Zalman Socket 1366 Clip ($10) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118045
Zalman 9500 CPU Cooler ($50) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003
{Intel Core i7 920 CPU} - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.154300
+++ComboPrice $480+++
{Gigabyte Intel X58 Mobo} - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.154300
Cooler Master HAF932 Case ($150) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

I still need a monitor, and that's going to get me over $2000 unless I find cheap alternatives to this. Anyway, the 1000W PSU is for when I get another GTX 295. Also, when I get the second GTX295, I think I'll need another fan. So here are my questions: What are some cheap alternatives to the products I'm getting?
Are all of the products above compatible?
Will 1000W be enough to power two GTX 295s and some other cooling system?
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A:Need Help Building a Computer: $2000 Budget!

You won't need any more fans with that case.
Anyways, to get a decent monitor, I would go for GTX285: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127403 It's single core(GTX295 is two GTX260s on the stuffed on a single card), less hiccups, lower price, will be great in two-way SLI anyways. And you won't need to worry about the PSU that much. Or if you want as much power as GTX295 has, get Radeon 4870X2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102768 (I'd not recommend, too much money to be spent and you won't get PhysX. If you don't buy a PCI version of Geforce 8400 GS to handle PhysX Not a bad idea actually :O)
Aaanyways. I wouldn't do this as a first-ever build. Too much money into it, IMO. Still, there are really no big difficulties in assembling PCs, so it is very propable for you to make this happen.

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Hi again guys,

My friend he hasn't got a lot of money and its his birthday so his family and I are going to get some money together to build him a mid-range gaming computer.

I've concluded to two setups that are in the budget, I need some help though
which one of these two will give him the better gaming experience?

He is gaming on a 19" monitor with a max resolution of 1280x1024 (he wants as much AA as he can).

AMD Athlon X2 5200+
G31 based Asus M/B
Palit 9600GT 512MB or Asus HD4670 1024MB

(All other specs the same)

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
G31 based Gigabyte M/B
Gigabyte HD4670 512MB
(All other specs the same, If you're interested in them, 2x1GB G.Skill 800MHZ, 160GB Sata2)
Thanks in advance guys!

A:Building a budget computer for a friend - which of these?

i go for 2nd choice, but i prefer to use asus product for mobo(P5Q chipset) and gfx(HD 4850)

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I'm getting a PC put together for my friend's grandmother, who only really uses it to browse email, the internet, and play some undemanding Java games (Hoyle games, pinball, that type of stuff). I'm trying to get it below $500 for the hardware, and so far I have it at $483.08 including shipping. Here are the components:

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW

PSU: Rosewill RP550-2 550W ATX12V v2.01

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H

Processor: AMD Phenom X4 9950

Memory: G.SKILL 2x2GB DDR2 800

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB

DVD Drive: Sony Optiarc 18X DVD-ROM drive

We're thinking about putting Vista 32-bit on there.

Any suggestions? Did I miss a part (Yes, we're using onboard video, sound, and LAN)? Does everything look compatible (it should be )? Thanks in advance.

A:Building a new budget PC; need feedback on parts

That sounds quite good. You have chosen some good quality parts.

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Hey guys, this is going to be my first ever attempt at building a computer so any advice or feedback is greatly appreciated. My budget is 600$ CA. Ideally I would like to be able to run Starcraft II along with other multimedia software such as the Adobe Suite with ease.

I quickly browsed TigerDirect last night and here are the parts Ive chosen. I could use some of your help and expertise on whether I should replace anything Ive picked out. Here goes:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 BX80623I32100 Processor - Dual Core, 3MB L3 Smart Cache, 3.10 GHz, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Retail

Motherboard: MSI H61M-P23 B3 Intel H61 Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel H61 Express, 1333MHz DDR3, SATA 3.0 Gb/s, 8-CH Audio, Intel HD Graphics, Gigabit LAN

Graphics: E145-0550 ::EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Mini-HDMI, Dual DVI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready. Includes Digital Creativity Suite Bundle w/Registration

Memory: PNY MD4096KD3-1600-X8 XLR8 Dual Channel 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 Memory - 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, 2x2048MB

Power Supply: Thermaltake W0379RU TR2 Series Power Supply - 500 Watts, ATX

Hard Drive: Seagate ST3500418AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 3.5", 7200 RPM, SATA 3G, 500GB, 16MB Cache (OEM)

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 120mm LED Fan, 4x 5.25 Bays, 5x 3.5 Bays

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A:Building my first desktop (for StarCraft II) -- $600 CA budget

Ive made a few changes.. I'll bold and underline them.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 BX80623I32100 Processor - Dual Core, 3MB L3 Smart Cache, 3.10 GHz, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Retail

Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-M LE CSM REV3 Intel 6 Series Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel H61 Express, DDR3 1333MHz, SATA 3.0 Gb/s, 8-Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN

Graphics: E145-0550 ::EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Mini-HDMI, Dual DVI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready. Includes Digital Creativity Suite Bundle w/Registration

Memory: Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB

Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-600CX Builder Series CX600 Power Suppy - ATX, 600 Watt, 120mm Ultra-Quiet Fan, Single +12V Rail

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 120mm LED Fan, 4x 5.25 Bays, 5x 3.5 Bays

CD/DVD: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM)

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building a comp for a friend, doesnt have too much money
tell me what you think

A:building a budget gaming comp

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So, it's my birthday and Christmas coming up soon and I need a new computer. I've added up all the spare money I'll have after I buy what else I need; and it comes to about £250, or $400.

I've looked around for parts to build a computer and these are what I've come up with:-

Motherboard / Processor: Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard & AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core Processor Bundle - $179.99
RAM: PNY XLR8 Dual Channel 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory - $49.99
HDD:Hitachi Deskstar 500GB Serial ATA/300 - $49.99
Case: Power Up Black Corporate ATX Mid-Tower Case w/ 450-Watt Power Supply - $39.99
Graphics: XFX GeForce 9600 GSO Video Card - $74.97

It all adds up to just less than $400, I was just wondering; would this work (if not, what else do I need)? How good would it be for gaming? And finally, is there any equal parts (in respect of performance) for less, or better parts for the same/lower price?

I know I'm asking a lot, but I've only done upgrades to other computers, and I'm working on a budget. Any help would be great. Thanks.

A:Solved: Building a computer on a low budget, help? (:

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Hi there,

New to the forum, and hopefully some of you can give me some input in to whats going to be my first build.

I'm looking at the highest-spec build possible on a budget of about £550. I want something running around the 3ghz mark, with 4gb of RAM, with the option of upgrading/adding more in the future.

I'm not into gaming whatsoever, so not fussed about high end graphics card, although i wouldn't mind something relatively good to get the most out of Windows 7 Aero. I'm not bothered about overclocking in the slightest, i'm just after an extremely fast loading, multi-tasking PC thats upto date, as my current PC (Compaq Presario) is extremely dated, and feel it's definitley time for a change.

I'll be running Windows 7 Ultimate, which i've have bought and paid for already. Will be dual-booting with XP sp2 for the time being.
Basically, this what i've been looking at over the last week, so far:

Motherboard: ASROCK P55 PRO Socket 1156 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Processor: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

PSU: Corsair 550W VX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 5 Year Warranty

RAM: Kingston 2gb Ddr3 1600mhz Hyperx Memory Cl9(9-9-9-27) X 2

Casing: Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Mid Tower Case - No PSU

Optical Drive: Sony AD7241S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer & RAM Burner + LightScribe Black Bare Drive - OEM

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A:Building a PC, Highest Spec possible on a budget........

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Hey guys,

Basically my current PC runs the only game I play, World of Warcraft, poorly. I have a poor framerate even with the settings on low and with the graphic enhancement in the new exansion I'm guessing it'll get worse. I also have a dream of maybe trying some titles a little more ambitious like MW2 and SW:ToR.

Anyway I've managed to save myself £600, or $900 for my friends across the pond and I was wondering if that sounds enough to build a system that will run WoW on max settings without a hiccup but at the same time leaving room to allow the system to be updated with even better hardware as more money becomes available through my new job.

I'd appreciate it if anyone could advise me on a system for £600 or less I could buy to match my criteria or even better point me in the direction of an even cheaper system that would play WoW flawlessly for the time being.

I don't know if this info will help (cos I'm a PC newb) but I already have a "22 widescreen monitor.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Building a budget games system

It will be possible depending on what you can reuse, eg case,psu, optical drives etc..
Go to an online retailer and create a wish list and post it here, you will get more feed back this way.
Trusted sites

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I am looking to upgrade/replace 6 older workstation pc's (purchased 11/07) and am looking for advice on new builds.

The workstations are used for our P.O.S. program and accessing online vendors (low graphics requirements).

Emphasis on reliability, low cost.

Willing to reuse old components, especially monitor,keyboard & mouse.

Prefer established online vendors like Newegg.

Is the "budget box" build the best bet?

Current System Specs: Dell OptiPlex 745
HARD DRIVE..., 80G, S2, 7.2K, 3.5, WD-UNIC
Dual In-line Memory Module 512, 667M, 64X64, 8, 240, 1RX8
Processor, 945, 3.4, 2X2MB Pentium D Presler, D0

A:Building new budget workstation pc's, looking for recommendations

Budget? AMD or Intel? Does it matter? What programs?

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so about a year or so ago i started to build a computer and kinda stopped quickly got into some debt got other toys insted and now im trying to finish what i started and what better place to waste time than at work. so far here is what i have

case cant remeber brand but its a mid tower atx

psu again cant remeber brand its and 80 bronze certified 800W or 850W all i know is im sure its enough

hdd its a WD want to say 500 gb right around there

graphics i know its out of date but an EVGA 9800gts

core amd phenom II 955 or 965 black edition doesnt matter i plan on OC

keyboard and mouse i have

i know the gpu is out of date but money is tight and i plan on an upgrade once the money fairy leaves some cash under my pillow set a budget of $500US any input would be nice and if i am in the wrong area for this post please move

A:Building a budget gaming computer

so once i got home i started looking around and i was thinking of this set up

the 990 sabertooth mobo
8gb (2x4gb) gskill ddr3
and gtx460 and a little later on get a second one in sli

so any thoughts would be great

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I apologize if I am treading long-trodden territory here, but I figured that I would seek some input before I gather up components for my first PC build. I am trying to limit myself to $600-$650 due to budgetary constraints. Here is what I have so far:

CPU- Athlon64 3000+ Venice Core (socket 939)
Motherboard- Foxconn NF4UK8AA-8EKRS Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4
HD- Seagate Barracuda 80GB/8MB SATA
CD/DVD- LiteOn dual-layer DVDRW
RAM- Crucial 512MB PC3200 x 2
Video- ABIT RX600PRO-128 PCIE Radeon X600PRO 128MB DDR

The above is about $525 total on Newegg and I believe it includes all I need (I already have the monitor, a 120GB Seagate ATA for storage, and a copy of XP), minus the case/PSU. What is something good and reasonably (<=$85) priced with a good 24-pin PSU and front USB? Are there any changes to the above components that you would recommend? I am a bit iffy on the motherboard (though it's gotten generally positive reviews everywhere I've checked) and on the vid card. I'm not a heavy gamer and don't care whether or not I can get 90fps at 1280x1040 in Doom 3, but I want something that performs acceptably and has a stable set of drivers.

Any help/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated... This whole process feels greatly intimidating to me and I am nervous about choosing crappy components and running into trouble. Thanks!

A:Building a new (budget) Athlon64 PC- Advice?

That's a pretty good setup.

I'd consider the vnf4ultra motherboard(it's nforce 4 ultra and cheap), I have it and will recommend it.

I don't know how much you are paying for the ram, but corsair vs ram (cas 2.5) is only about $80 on newegg now.

You probably won't find a decent case with a 24 pin psu of any quality for your price. You can get a cheap psu (that's still decent) and a cheap case, and maybe have what you want.

Example: cheap case

Cheap, but ok 24pin psus

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Hey everyone, I am building a budget AMD gaming computer for less >$1100. I am willing to buy online, preferably on Newegg. I will be reusing my mouse and keyboard, as well as speakers. I have not bought parts or an OS but will most likely use the Windows 7 RC. I'm not sure if I will need aftermarket cooling, but I'm not sure. One thing to keep in mind... I make $8.55 an hour

Here's what I am thinking about as of now:

AMD Phenom II 955 @3.2 GHZ $199.99
MSI 770-C45 AM3 DDR3 $79.99
Corsair 650TX 650W $99.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 500Gb $69.99
MSi GTX275 OC'd Edition $234.99
mushkin 2x2GB DDR3 1600 ([email protected]) $118.99
Cooler Master Centurion 534 $49.99
LG 22X DVD Burner $29.99
Scythe 120MM Slipstream Case Fan $8.99
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" Monitor $169.99

Now, for questions.
Are all of these parts compatible? Should I buy 8Gb of cheaper ram or 4Gb of expensive mushkin ram? Can I buy a better monitor for around the same price?
Would you recommend any different component?

Thank you.

A:Building budget AMD gaming computer

i would suggest these parts to add to what you have
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB $74.99 Free Shipping*
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X $126.99 ($111.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping*
XFX GX275XAHFF GeForce GTX 275 896MB $217.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $79.99 Free Shipping*

i think these will be more to your liking for gaming and the video card has a lifetime warranty i dont trust MSI brand stuff so these options are a little better.

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Budget: $500


SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $86

Antec Sonata Designer 500 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W - $80


Foxconn ELA LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $70

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB - $99

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache - $120

I already have ram, i am medium tech knowledge so if i can get some input from you guys about the motherboard that i am pick up. (maybe asus pq5 45)? and the HDD 1 TB, i can get cheaper but it would be either 16 mb or it would run at 5400 rpm.

So please, any tips and advice i would gladly take. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thanks a bunch.

A:Building a gaming PC, budget $500. Help needed

Very good post! Possibly the best i've seen all month.

Foxconn ELA LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186153Click to expand...

Very good choice, but its actually $100, you can go for a gigabyte P43 for about $85 if your pressed for money. Asus P5Q and P5Q SE are very good boards, with a minor $2 price difference the last time i checked.

Everything looks good except I think it would be wiser to go for 4770, though that 4850 is ridiculously cheep. Are you in factoring mail in rebates? The 4770 is maybe the better deal.

Take a set of OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8002GK - Retail for $21,
or PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-667 - Retail at $37,
and for the power supply, an Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $70,
or a CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail at $75.

Do you know what OS you are using? This of couse, does not include a mouse, monitor, keyboard, speaker(s), or cd/dvd drive, and I haven't the time to add up all the prices.

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Hey guys! check out the lineup. And i know, the psu aint the best but itll do for this. Nothing really special here.









A:Building A Basic Budget PC for a freind! What do you think?!

For lazy people like me please include what the things are, its much easier if you just list the components and then provide a link for more information. Sure it takes more time but you did ask for our thoughts. I almost didn't even read this post after seeing links with no discriptions.

I've done it for you this time only because I don't have much else to do right now:
LG Black 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2MB Cache E-IDE / ATAPI CD Burner - OEM $17.99
Rosewill R6426-P BK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $20.99
Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $41.99
Foxconn 6150BK8MC-KRSHN2 Socket 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150B(PV) GPU Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $59.99
LOGISYS Computer PS550ABK ATX12V 550Watts Power Supply With SATA and 20/24 Pin connectors. 100 - 240 V $19.99
RetailCORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory - Retail $54.99
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Venice 2.2GHz 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - OEM $40
COOLER MASTER DK8-8ID2A-0L-GP 80mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $4.99

Total: About $256

This is a bit more expensive, but might be a better framework to work off of, I built one of these last week:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $69.99
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3600DDBOX - Retail $69
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hey there,
hoping to build it all for around £400 - 700-800 USD
here are my plans:-

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-N650SLI-DS4

CPU - Intel Core2Duo E4300

Graphics - XFX 8400GS x 2

Ram - 2GB PC6400

i'm not sure whether to go with 2 lower 8000 series as above, or somrthin like 2 7300gt

any advice is very welcome, cheers

A:Building a gaming/performance PC on a budget

The 8400GS is a piece of crap. And 2 of them?

Check this link out, you could probably shave $100-200 off to get you to $800.00


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As far as my knowledge can take me, I'm still a noob compared to the collective knowledge of my fellow tech spot members, who, after a year of membership and advice, I call my friends.

Te help I request is as you may have guessed, I am look thinking of building a gaming PC, with a low budget.

My budget is :
Currently : £160 - £160
(-£40 for holiday) - £120
+£40 August pocket money - £160
+ (£250-300) Results Day - £410-460
+£40 September pocket money - £450-500
+£40 October £490-540
+£40 November £530-580
+£40 December £570-620
(-£120 for GF Christmas+Birthday) £450-500
(+£100-150) Christmas £550-650

Sorry, had to do the math and thought I'd share it with you!

So I could potentially have anywhere between £550 and £650

Now for my minimal specs :
Any Graphics Card above 1000 (http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html)
At least a quad core
Water cooled
Sound card not too important

If anyone finds a setup that fits this then thank you so much for your time and effort!

A:Requesting advice for building a budget gaming PC

I vote for the graphics adapter as being the single most important factor in a gaming PC.

Out of your choices the monitor would be the second most important. However without adequate power to the graphics card it would be rendered useless, so I believe the Power Supply would be the second most important factor in gaming.

With CPU gaining in performance and becoming less of a factor in gaming, I would give the CPU the third most important position.

If you had included the Power Supply and CPU in your pole above, I would have made the monitor fourth most important factor. After all what good is being able to view a good picture if you can't produce the picture with better quality parts listed in the top three I mentioned above.

In my opinion RAM and Sound Cards would have very little importance as RAM is not all that expensive to purchase and on-board sound is usually sufficient.

I noticed you are looking for a gaming card and referenced to the Passmark benchmarks of 1000 as a recommended score. You might should consider looking at cards that will score at least 2000.

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I am building a new budget computer for my kid brother (just something for him to use for email/web browsing/MSN, and home work).

I purchased a new budget case, mobo (w/ onboard sound, network, and graphics), and CPU. I am using some old RAM, an old CD/DVD drive, and an old HDD.

After I've got everything in place, how do I go about setting up the software (XP, etc)?

Will I need to re-partition/re-format the hard drive? Or, will it boot up and run fine as it is now (having been used about 60 months ago)?

I am just not sure whether all of the old settings and stuff will mess anything up if I try to boot up from the drive without wiping it and starting from scratch.

Now, if I *do* need to format/partition, how can I go about doing that the easiest? Please note that I do not have a floppy drive (and I would rather not go out and get one just for this).

Any help?!

A:Building new budget computer, and using old HDD. No floppy drive. Help me set it up

See this sticky from the motherboards forum http://www.techsupportforum.com/showthread.php?t=85862before you change things

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Hi there, i have the opportunity for a new pc build, but im kinda worried about the parts i should buy for the better performance overall and at gaming...
First of all, i have a limited budget of U$S 435 (Up to 450 if needed), and i cant use Ebay nor any other auction site. I have my own prices list posted here and i can only use that parts and prices. You can suggest other things anyway, but no prices should be posted if not on the list, since i dont know how much would it cost here (Im from Argentina!)
The only thing that is a must for this build is a DVD RW, the rest is up for you to suggest me.
Is a 64bits processor really worth it?
Thanks beforehand!
CPU ATHLON 2800 64BITS 146.09U$S
CPU ATHLON 3000 64BITS 186.58U$S
CPU ATHLON 3000 64BITS S939 187.11U$S
CPU ATHLON 3200 64BITS 238.18U$S
CPU ATHLON 3200 64BITS S939 239.28U$S
CPU CELERON 1.8GHZ 400 81.26U$S
CPU CELERON D310 2.13GHZ 533 65.93U$S
CPU CELERON D320 2.4GHZ 533 BOX 92.36U$S
CPU CELERON D325 2.53GHZ 533 90.60U$S
CPU CELERON D326 2.53GHZ S775 98.49U$S
CPU CELERON D330 2.66GHZ 533 102.18U$S
CPU CELERON D330J 266GHZ 533 S775 100.85U$S
CPU CELERON D335 2.8GHZ 533 108.31U$S
CPU P4 2.26 533MHZ 141.48U$S
CPU P4 2.4GHZ 533 1MB 150.79U$S
CPU P4 2.66GHZ 533/506 1MB M64E 775 150.61U$S
CPU P4 2.8 533 1MB 217.81U$S
CPU P4 2.8GHZ 800 1MB 226.78U$S
CPU P4 3.2EGHZ 800 1MB S8 275.40U$S
CPU P4 3.4GHZ 1MB 800MHZ 378.52U$S
CPU SEMPRON 2200 OEM SOLO P/ARMADO 54.68U... Read more

A:Help building my new PC with limited budget and this list of parts.

Well for the CPU, go anything but Celeron.

If this price is right I would say go for it
CPU SEMPRON 3300 BOX S754 62.25U$S

If not, the AMD 64 3200+ looks like the next best choice
(Note, the Athlon is faster then the Sempron, howver with that price difference and the modest performance hit I would say go for the 754 Sempron and then you can aford more RAM and a better graphics card.)

For RAM, buy two of these MEM DDR 512MB 400MHZ KINGSTON 60.54U$S

Hard drive HD 200GB W.DIGITAL 7200 SATAII 122.20U$S

These were just pointers, there is so much that needs to be covered I would rather take it one step at a time.

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I'm looking to build a new gaming pc at a budget price.
I'm looking to spend anything under $1,200 not inculding mouse,keyboard,monitor,speakers ect.

I just want CPU, motherboard, RAM, video card, extra cooler (If needed?), system drive, case and power supply.

It doesnt matter if its US currency or Australian. Basically no difference anymore.

I play games such as crysis, CoD, GRID, Spore, Gears, Tom Clancy's and so on and i want to be able to play these at a reasonably high quality.

Just need a list of products, what site i can get them from and how much they will cost.

Anything will help. Cheers ;p

A:Solved: Building A budget gaming system

CPU: AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 945 ~ $179
Mobo: Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H ~ $108
RAM: G.Skill-Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1333 ~ $140
HDD: Samsung SATA 1TB ~ $89
GPU: 1GB ATI Radeon HD5850 ~ $399
Case: Lian Li Lancool PC-K58 ~ $99
PSU: Antec TP 550W ~ $119
ODD: SATA Pioneer 218 ~ $38
CPU HSF: Coolermaster Universal Hyper TX3 ~ $29

Total: $1200 Australian.

Products and prices are from MSY:

I've actually finished building a similar system for my brother, the only real difference is that the video card is a HD5770 and it runs Crysis, COD etc on the highest graphics and runs smoothly. With this system above you would have no problems at all.

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I've recently become interested in building my own pc. I'd like for it to be compatible with Windows and a couple distros of Linux. I do have a decent amount of money, but I'd prefer if it were a budget pc. I really wouldn't need a processor over 2.4GHz, and I'm not looking for top of the line parts either. I was just wondering if there were any sites you could recommend that had cheap parts. I would also be grateful for any recommendations on parts to go with. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

A:Budget advice on building XP/Linux compatible box

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