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Laptop: what to get on a $600 budget?

Q: Laptop: what to get on a $600 budget?

i need to buy a laptop and l am hoping to spend about $600 , should l go for the dell brand or the hp brand, which is more durable?? particularly which type. Morever l am typically looking for more of an entertainment laptop

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A: Laptop: what to get on a $600 budget?

Really its User preference
There's a laptop made for everyone

I prefer Dell, but your choice

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A Friend asked me the other day, what he should look for in a budget Laptop. The first thing he said he thought about was Dell. I quickly stated never to buy a Dell becuase Dell desktops are a pain in the rear to work, etc. Then, he said that he would only need it for internet and typing documents. He also said he wanted a laptop so he could easily move it to and from home and work. He wanted the cheapest laptop he could find but didn't want to be suckered into buying a heap of junk. I don't have much expeirence in the world of notebooks and wasn't sure what to tell him.

The kind of notebooks/laptops that I see for sale are all monsters. Any more it seems like laptops might as well be used as a desktop computer becuase they are so big and fast. The smaller notebooks are so much smaller and easy to carry that the price goes up on them becuase there is so much packed into a smaller area.

Also, I figured AMD would be better becuase they run much cooler and have a higher fsb speed, but then agian I have heard a lot of good things about intels mobile processors.

Anybody have any ideas on where to look or what I should recommend?
 

A:What should I look for in budget Laptop?

Well I like Toshiba but this site is a great place toget laptop reviews
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Home.49.0.html
Averatec is another decent budget laptop
 

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I am looking for a laptop under £400 capable of running games fairly well. I would like Windows 10, 8GB RAM, a reasonable amount of storage and a 12"+ screen. I would also like it to be new. Any suggestions appreciated thanks.
 

A:Looking for a budget gaming laptop

In USD, that's roughly $520.76. For that price, you won't be enjoying any games at 60FPS in 1080p. The lowest price for a decent gaming laptop would be this one from Dell for about £614.51.
 

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Hey all, I am getting a new laptop in a few days, and my budget is $400. I want one fit for gaming, but not going above $400 dollars. I would like something with atleast a 2.0 GHz and atleast 4 or more GB of RAM. I saw some on best buy, but they were all out of stock (I wonder why? A laptop like that for $400 would obviously be a GREAT choice!). If you guys could recommend me something I can buy online, that would be GREAT! Thanks!

-TheMuffinMan

A:$400 Budget for a laptop fit for gaming

Fit for what games?

At what settings?

What are your hopes? What are your expectations? I'm wondering about the difference between the two.

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First, I know budget and gaming is a bit of a contradiction, but still, I need to find a laptop that will run games decently. Basically, what I'm looking for is a laptop with the specs I have of my desktop. I have a Core i5 3570K and a GeForce GTX 670SC. I'm getting this for my son, but I can't seem to find one like this under $1200+. I can find a Core i7 at around $800, but when I try to find a video card, it's just impossible. I'm not sure exactly what I need, but it looks like when I compare them I need something a GeForce GT760m or above GPU.

Looking at GPUboss, it looks like the closest thing is an 880m and I know there's no way I can find one of those in a laptop under $1500. I think he'd be fine if he had something comparable to what he has now and that's a GeForce GTX 470 and a Q6600 Intel Quad core in his desktop. The only two games he plays are Star Wars: The Old Republic (an MMO) and SMITE (a MOBA), so if I could a laptop that will run those games at least as well as his desktop PC does now, he'd be good. Oh, I'm looking for at least 4GB minimum but would really like 8 gigs.

TLR:
What's the cheapest laptop that will run Star Wars: The Old Republic and SMITE? I'm looking to spend between $600 - $800. Is that even possible?
 

A:Solved: Which Budget Laptop Should I Get

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Hi there,

Well I've had my Sony VAIO FR315S for approximately 5 years now and it just keeps overheating and sounds like it's going to take off everytime I do simple operations such as using Notepad or something along those lines - as well as the general build quality which seems to be sub-standard, especially now since the power input is wiggly, the MIC socket has failed, battery doesn't charge properly so I have to use mains wherever I go and just recently it has started to overheat and simply shutdown without warning - something any University student would dread if they're typing out their finals!!

So, I thought seeing as I can't really rely on my VAIO anymore and the repair costs to fix the above would be sky high, coupled with the fact that the specification is 5 years old and barely keeps up with my Mum and Dad's desktop equivalent even though it has less processing power, it was time to upgrade.

I am currently a Multimedia, Production & Technology student which means I will be working a lot with video and other media types as well as the general student type things such as using Itunes and the Internet to keep me entertained inbetween lectures. I am not likely to play games on it so graphics aren't an essential since I only a Media Center at home which can cope with that stuff. It needs to be light to carry around in my rucksack and also fairly small for the same reasons (bag size). Battery life to be as long as possible as I a... Read more

A:Need a Student-Budget Laptop

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My sister is headed off to college next year, and we are looking for a laptop to get her for around 1000$. It needs to have a 13-14 inch screen, and she prefers Windows to OS X. She does not do any heavy computing or gaming, and will probably be using it most for documents, internet, music, and movies. However, she is not exactly patient with computers, so I think she would appreciate having a solid state drive, if that can fit within the budget. I have been looking through the Dell and HP lineups, but everything with a SSD seems restricted to the high end.

Any recommendations? Thanks for any input.

-TC
 

A:Laptop for college, $1,000 budget

I suggest buying a quality notebook for 700 usd and buying and installing an ssd yourself, it takes 5 minutes and can save you a hundred bucks.
 

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hello everybody,
I have a question and I hope you can help me. My laptop broke down after many years and I need a new one. I have about 800 euro to spent but it can be raised to 900 euro if the benefit is high. I however do not know which laptop I should buy. I would like the laptop to have a 17 inch screen and because I like the Total War series I would love it if the laptop could run it on high if possible. I hope somebody know a laptop for me.
 

A:budget game laptop

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Hello,

Does anyone have any recommendations of any laptops under $600? I won't be running crazy games on it the only games I play aren't too graphic heavy. I only play games like Minecraft, TF2 and League of Legends for some example. I will mainly use this laptop as a mix for school and a bit of gaming. Please leave anything you recommend. Thanks!

A:Need help picking a budget laptop

Hello

Not sure what country you are in...so here are these... https://www.google.com/search?client...24600&tbm=shop

You might want to leave Lenovo alone until they get that loaded crapware issue resolved.. Other than that those laptops would do you fine,just pick the one with the spec's you want and check the reviews..

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I want to buy best laptop with latest configuration under 30000.
 

A:Buy laptop in budget 30000

30,000 what, specifically?
 

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Hey everyone!

Been looking to buy a specific laptop, and thought I'd see what you all had to say about it.

Uses:
Need for speed - the faster programs load and execute, the better
Editing - will use graphically intense programs at times like photo editing, but not necessarily top notch. Simple, but still need the power to handle it
OS & office environment - May need to connect to a domain at times, so Windows 8.1 pro is preferable (8 pro should come with an auto-upgrade to 8.1). I have an office 2013 license to use for this machine already, but not the OS.
Touchscreen - may not be necessary, but it could be fun to have.
Requirements:
SSD, preferably with more than 160GB space. An additional HDD to the side is good for extra space I suppose.
6GB Ram or more
Win 8 pro
Adequate Nvidia GPU. I can't stand AMD
Intel CPU
HDMI out
at least 1 USB port
15.6" screen
under $1000 USD
Let me know guys, I'd greatly appreciate suggestions. Meanwhile, I'll be keeping an eye out for deals. Thanks!

A:Another 'best budget laptop' thread

There are plenty of those out there. I would check on Black Friday at Neweeg and TigerDirect (then you don't have to leave the house in the middle of the night).

But I would not look for one with a SSD ex factory. Those are usually unneccessarily expensive. Exchanging the HDD for an SSD later is a lot cheaper and with a USB enclosure you can use the HDD you recovered as an external disk plus you can use it to transfer the OS from the HDD to the SSD. A 256GB SSD can be had for around $150.

Regarding ports you should definitely have at least 1 USB3 port plus a couple of USB2 ports. An eSata port is nice too but then you need a different enclosure than for USN2/3.

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Hi,
I need a laptop for
* streaming video (NetFlix, Sky Go, Amazon video ) via HDMI cable to my 22 inch 1080p LCD TV
* LogMeIn to my work desktop
* general web browsing
I have a budget of around £400 - £500.
Would a 6th Generation Core i3 with 8GB RAM be good enough or do I need Core i5 or 7th Generation?
Thanks for your help and advice
Philip

A:Advice on budget laptop config

Also, no gaming, but will use Skype video.
We have a fast broadband internet connection

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Budget is no more than £350

15" - 16" screen. 1366x768 seems pretty standard for this sort of size. The less reflective the better I guess. Not hugely concerned about picture quality but obviously the best I can afford!

When it comes to laptops I don't really know which brands are most reliable - any of them can potentially break and after 2 or 3 years will probably start overheating anyway! Sony's are expensive so probably out the question, same for Macs. Any model which is known for overheating and making men infertile is a no-go.

Preferably new or ex display model etc

Wanted for mainly everyday use - email, MS office, web browsing, streaming tv. But hopefully capable of handling photoshop, flash etc. reasonably well. Don't need it for gaming, have a good desktop for that anyway. Preferably windows 7, which I can install anyway.

Ideally 3+ hours of battery life minimum. Having looked around this is reasonable i think.

Not too fussy about how "cool" it looks.

Minimum 320gb. 2gb RAM minimum, but more would be good. DVD-RW drive. Bluetooth is a bonus, same with webcam i guess.
I think that covers everything. I've found a few models that might fit the bill. The samsungs look promising, and I have a samsung TV+monitor which have been reliable so far, but haven't made up my mind. I haven't posted enough to post links yet but the ones that have caught my eye a bit are lenovo g555+b550. samsung rv510+r540. and dell ins... Read more

A:Need advice buying a laptop please! £350 budget

photoshop- killer ap

most of what you want could be done on a netbook, like a samsung or asus, for not much money.

photoshop requires a lot of processing power, though. that is the deal-killer.

one thing to consider: get whatever laptop, then swap the existing HD for a SSD. you can find modest, decent size ssd from 100 pounds to 200 pounds. some kingstons provide a 'kit' to help you image the existing hard drive over to the ssd. or you can add the ssd drive, and load win7 from the ground-up.

an ssd is a lot faster than a typical laptop hard drive, and will decrease power required, and so increase battery time per charge. it will make an otherwise unimpressive-performing laptop behave like a more expensive laptop.

the ssd will not store much, but you can cheaply get an external drive - this would force you into good back-up habits.

i don't know how well a netbook would work with an ssd and trying to run photoshop. the hard drive speed might balance out the slower processor. and many netbooks max out at 2GB.

an OK laptop with ssd would work really well, if you shop well and fit it all in 350 pounds.

on a laptop, along with hard drive storage, you often have an SD slot, which can be used as storage, and a laptop-specific pci slot - i don't see that on the samsung, but my dell has this. that slot can be used for a lot of things, including simply sticking in a storage thingie. also, usb flash drives can be used for storage.

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Hi, my friend is looking for a 14" - 15" sized notebook, but as light as possible, with decent battery life.

She's basically going to just use it for office work and browsing/email etc..., so nothing hardware intensive is required, however, a stronger processor would really help her out for picture viewing and minor editing. If it's not too much of a compromise, a strong processor would be preferable.

Also, an SSD would also be preferable, though I think she may also need some space for pictures and files. So, SSD if possible. Maybe a Seagate momentus could be a nice choice.

Other than that, the video card requirements are basically nil. Lightness is a key factor; throw me whatever you've got regardless of price since budget is not fixed, but will most likely stay at or under $1000.

Thanks everyone!
 

A:Light, affordable budget laptop

Most ultrabooks out there tick the boxes, although your friend may need to get an external hard drive as 128GB SSDs fill up real fast.

A few suggestions:
- Asus UX31E
- Acer Aspire S3
- Samsung Series 5
- Toshiba Portege Z835

Lightness comes at a pretty hefty premium, you can get much better specs for lower prices if you're willing to accept normal thickness laptops.

p.s. as Ivy Bridge is just a few months away I would wait for IB ultrabooks to hit the market, maybe that will kickstart the ultrabook movement and reduce prices.
 

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Hello!

I need to know what is the best portable but budget friendly laptop or Ultrabook? I know Ultrabooks are the best solution, but its too pricy. My budget is maximum US$ 800 (700 is best solution). Are there any good ultrabook or laptop in this price tag?

I don't want to play games in this device, I only need it for web browsing and my university education.

Thanks!

A:What is the best budget portable laptop/Ultrabook?

Killer Bee, You have a big choice of laptops/portables for your budget. I suggest that you visit one of the big box stores that have lots of laptops and try them out.
I personally use Toshiba's and have never had a lemon.

If all you want to do is to use web and office products. most any of the laptops should be fine. Check out the screen size and keyboards as well as making sure they have enough hard disk and memory.

Rich

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I've been helping a friend try to find an i3 laptop for under $400 and had several choices discussed here: Compare new budget Core I3 laptops

Doing this research it became apparent it probably wouldn't be long before i5's were coming down to that price range. Sure enough Best Buy has this Asus 3rd Generation Core i5 on sale Friday and Sat only: Asus KSeries 15.6" Laptop 4GB Memory 500GB Hard Drive K55A-SI50301P - Best Buy

What do you think? Too early to jump, maybe wait awhile for more i5's to come down for more choices? Or since he's ready to buy should he pick one up now?

A:Budget Core i5 laptop $399 this wknd Best Buy

Looks like a nice machine to me, I use Asus motherboards and have never had any problems. I also have an eepc which is flawless. Can they manage with Windows 8 or will that be a shock to the system? Probably make some salesman's day
Whatever and whenever you buy a computer etc next week something better is available for less so if you need it now buy it.

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Dear friends,

Currently I am using a pc with windows 7 installed in it. The warranties of the processor, motherboard and monitor will be running out soon and those components might fail any moment. So I am plannning to either get a budget laptop or convert my intel based pc to an amd one.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4130 CPU @ 3.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 1710 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4400, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 21 GB (5 GB Free); D: 910 GB (624 GB Free); E: 1863 GB (1093 GB Free);
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., H81M-E
Antivirus: Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Enabled and Updated

Monitor: ASUS VH168D 16.5"
If I buy a laptop then with that I will mainly watch HD anime (720p,1080p), HD movies (720p,1080p), listen to music/songs, minor video editing (splitting and joining), video format conversion (e.g., avi to mp4), use the internet to download: anime,movies,music,songs, softwares etc, word and text processing and occasionally pdf files editing.

The reason I would want to buy an amd processor and compatible motherboard in case my intel processor and motherboard fails is that from what I heard, amd processors and their compatible motherboards are cheaper than the intel ones. So, basically either a laptop or an amd based pc would do as long as I can save some money, serve my abovementioned needs and ... Read more

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3 yrs back i purchased SONY VAIO VPCEB26FG at 50000 INR

I am loooking for something similar with same or more configuration at 40K

1) i work a lot so i need a laptop which doesnt heat fast .

i work for like 16 hrs a day

the old laptop survived for 3 years so i need the new one to last for 3 yrs at least .

A:Want to buy a laptop tommorow , but budget is low this time 40000 INR

noone wants to tell ? o.O

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I had purchased a Lenovo Z710 2 weeks ago which kept encountering blue screens of death when my son played World of Warcraft. Specs are Windows 8 64-bit, I7-4700, 2.4 Ghz, 8gb RAM, both Intel HD 4600 & Nvidia GEforce GT745M graphics, 1TB, 17.3" screen with 1920 x 1080p for $800 which really seemed like a pretty good deal. It only worked for a 24 hour period with no blue screens with fps up to 100-105. However, too many BSODs so I returned it.

I am, therefore, once again in the market for another laptop. Even looking at all the black Friday ads out there, I can't find anything close to those specs in the $800 range. It looks like I would need to go to at least $1000. My son is paying for part of this 'Xmas' gift so that is why $800 is the agreed upon price. He also wants to be able to bring it to friend's houses so that is why laptop and not desktop.

When I returned the laptop, the tech guy at the store told me a couple of things & it kind of made sense, but could some of you share your thoughts on this?

1. 2.4Ghz might not be enough. If I could get something faster, that would be better. So, even though I was getting a laptop with I7-4700 w/ 2.4Ghz, there are I5 processors w/ turboboost which could bring the Ghz to 3.0 or 3.1. Should I focus on the processor or the Ghz or both? I'm confused.

2. Amd-A10 could be the same if not faster than I7-4700 processors. Don't need to focus on the brand, but how fast. Is this true?

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A:Decent laptop to play World of Warcraft budget of $800+/-

I have done some research online and have come up with the following understanding (please correct me if I am wrong):

1. GDDR5 is better than DDR3 for graphics. The Lenovo Z710 I bought above had DDR3. Even though it had 2GB for graphics, that had no impact on the graphics RAM. Is this true? (Just wondering if RAM brought on my BSOD).
2. Nvidia GTs are DDR3 and GTXs are GDDR5. Not sure if that generalization is true but that is the case for my laptop which was DDR3 for the GT745M graphics card that came with it.

Now, if I could convince my son to go with a desktop, I did see that costco has this wireless desktop that seemed to 'meet' important specs for gaming (I'll actually need to buy a monitor):

Dell XPS 8700 Desktop | Intel Core i7 | 1GB Graphics

It has 16gb RAM, it's wireless (but not portable), I7-4770 3.4 Ghz, Win 8 64-bit, 1gb Geforce gtx 645 gddr5. Does this desktop seem good for gaming?

Your opinion/thoughts would be appreciated.

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I'm looking for a new gaming laptop
- $2500-$3000 budget
- Country of purchase: United States
- 17" or 18" screen with 1080p
-Windows OS
- Looking to play games on Max/High settings with 60fps with a GTX 1070
- 16GB RAM
- Weight is not an issue
-Battery life is irrelevant because I will remove the battery and be plugged in whenever in use.
-256GB SSD
-2-4TB HDD, although I'll go with a 1TB HDD laptop if I can just replace it for a larger capacity
-Optical Drive optional
-Must have a built in mic
-Webcam optional
- At least two USB ports, with one USB port on the right side of the laptop
-Backlit keyboard necessary
-I use headphones most of the time so loud fan noise isn't an issue as long as they keep the laptop cool.

Currently I'm looking at the Sager NP9175 (Clevo P775TM-G)

From XoticPC.com for $2393

17.3" 1080p screen
i7-8700K
NVIDIA GTX 1070
16 GB RAM
250GB SSD
2TB HDD in each bay (4TB total capacity)
No optical for the P775TM so I'll get an "External USB 2.0 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive"

From hidevolution.com for $2742

17.3" 1080p screen,
i7-8700K, Delidded - Unlocked, Under Volted and Overclocked 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8700K 6 Core-12 Thread Processor, 4.7 GHz (HIDevolution Overclocked to 4.8GHz)
NVIDIA GTX 1070
16 GB RAM
256GB SSD
2TB HDD in each bay (4TB total capacity )
No optical for the P775TM so I'll get an External DVDRW drive

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Gentlemen,

I am building a low budget PC for a friend of mine. He would like the system for a couple of music mixing programs and to play a few lower end games. Here is what I put together from NewEgg. Let me know what you think.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811129150

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813123219

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819104224

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820144310

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822144362

OS
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16837102151

For the graphics card, I have an old PNY GF4-4400 w/64MB that I can give him. Do you think this would be a good barebones system for him? Any problems that you might see?

Joe
 

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I am eventually going to build a budget pc, but for now im trying to understand the parts as much as I can. For the cpu i wanted to know what the discription of the cpu
is, for Ex. "Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470"
For the "3470", I wanted know what that means, like if its overclockable by that much. as well as the "Intel HD Graphics 2500", does that mean what type of graphics card it is compatable with are something else. If any one can help explain these things to me I would be very much greatful. those discriptions above are the only ones I need thank you.
 

A:Budget PC

Start by Googling & reading.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405044,00.asp

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5871/intel-core-i5-3470-review-hd-2500-graphics-tested
 

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Q: Budget

I wanted to know if any of you guys could help me with creating a budget sheet in Excel 2010 to track all the different people I owe money too and how much I have paid and remaining balance, with dates for each entry. Thanks in Advance!!
 

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I just bought the HIS HD 4670 IceQ Edition 1GB graphics card and its bottle necking on my pc..

My current cpu is intel pentium 3ghz..

I got £100 was less.. Which cpu would be best ??

I need intel socket 775

I want to play my GTA IV... I no my NEW graphics card not amazing.. But it can play GTA IV.. Its on youtube.. reviews etc.. But it lags.. and my current cpu was like 98 usage in benchmark test :L

Also play cod4
 

A:What CPU should I buy on a £100 budget?

I was thinking maybe

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139971
 

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Making new computer 6-8 monitors (8 preferred) for 80% business 20% gaming.

Need a completely silent case so I don't hear the fans or whatever.

Right now I'm looking at 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133165 for videocards.

Soundcard?
Speakers?

CPU?
mobo?

HD?RAM?

and what kind of monitors should i get? I use 2 ultrasharp 20.5" dell ones atm (1600x1200 res)

any recommendations is appreciated. also wanna hook up a wiimote and a wireless internet card.
 

A:$10,000 Budget

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My current computer:

Dell Dimension 4550

Penitum 4 Northwood 2.4ghz s478 (does not support prescott cpus )
350w Power supply
Nvidia 6600 OC
2 gigs of RAM (Max on Mobo)

I have $200, what can I buy to get decent FPS on TF2, currently I am sitting at 20fps.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:$200 budget what can I do.

Basically nothing. TF2 relies too much on the CPU for a graphics+power supply upgrade, which you could afford, to make any difference. A new motherboard, CPU, RAM and OS are out of your budget. ~80 $ for a decent motherboard, 110$ for a really good one, 50-80 for RAM, 80-130-150-190 for a CPU, 90-150 for an OS.
 

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So, this computer that I'm thinking about started out cheap, but has gotten a little more expensive over time. This is the first build I will be attempting, so this is pretty cool for me. After having multiple computers from places like Dell, I've decided to just build my own. This computer will be used for a range of things, including some gaming (stuff like Tomb Raider: Legend), Internet, Music/Video, School, and so on. Here is what I have so far (just looking at Newegg right now):

- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -- $99.99
- GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard -- $79.99
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor -- $ 119.99
- Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA Mini Vertical Bridge (for IDE device) -- $14.99 (I have 3 IDE drives and 1 port (2 devices) on the mobo)
- Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply -- $59.99, $39.99 after rebate
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL6D-4GBNQ -- $47.99
- SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card -- $74.99, $64.99 after rebate

Totaling: $467.93

I am using from my old computer:
- 120 GB Seagate SATA HDD
- 120 GB WD Caviar IDE HDD
- D-Link WDA-2320 PCI Wireless Card
- Some Hauppage TV tuner (I don't remember the model)
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A:Budget Rig

Try this as an alternative build:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz Black Edition 6MB L3 Cache CPU - Retail - $102 + free shipping
ASUS M3A76-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $59.99
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit - Retail - $49.99 ($39.99 after $10 rebate) + free shipping
XFX GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Retail - $89.99
BFG LS-550 550W PSU with Active PFC - Retail - $68.49 + free shipping
Antec Nine Hundred Mid-Tower Gaming Case - Retail - $111.22 + free shipping
You can go with the Corsair 400CX instead of the BFG PSU if the latter is out of your budget.
 

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I have $700 to use for a PC setup. I originally was just going to customize a Dell from the Dell web site until I saw how severally overprice many components were and even way outdated! Therefore I want to build my own with parts through Newegg.

Here's what I have so far:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12032652
I already have a Sata hard drive and THIS power supply so those 2 items can be excluded.

Can anyone tell me for sure the processor,motherboard,memory and case that I picked would all be compatible with each other?

I play on adding a video card down the road also. I remember reading but not sure if it was this specific motherboard, but one of them said it didn't have integrated video so I'm curious as to how you'd even install a video card with no video to install the drivers?
 

A:$700 Budget for a PC

$700 is a bit more than a budget computer...

You have an OS to install? At least until Windows7 comes out?

I would go with the following (order of your list)
1 - Case: Pretty much anything that is Rosewill = crap. Want a good basic black case with good airflow, try this:
Antec 300 $55 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 (IS your PSU 24pin and 4pin wires very long? Many of todays cases such as the 300 has the PSU on the bottom)

2 - Keyboard, $7 keyboards won't last long. A good cheap keyboard is an HP or Logitech for $15+ But none of them are as good as what was made 10-15years ago.

3 - Spend $40~50 more on a 24" Samsung. Acer tends to be washed out. Over at Costco, they sell the 24" Samsung for $200. $250 with HD-Tuner and HDMI input. (Add $50 from newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Produc...=0&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1

4 - With AMD DDR2 boards, its generally best to go with DDR2-800mhz: RAM 4GB DDR2 800 - $47 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682014518 G.Skills are good, I use them.

5 - Mice : Check out Logitech... $5~10 mice tend to live for a month or so. Spend at least $15+ Good mice are $30~50.

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Greetings everyone. As a result of my recent lemon from CyberPower, I have decided to just build a new gaming rig myself.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Tonight I am going to tweak and further research some build ideas, but there is always some one on here who has some useful insights to offer.
 

A:$1,900 budget

Hi PYGMUS. I'm assuming your budget excludes the cost of a monitor and peripherals such as mouse, keyboard and speakers.

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz - $299.99
ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $299.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $139.99
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W Power Supply - $119.99
2x MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB - $439.98
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB - $74.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Steel ATX Full Tower - $139.99

Total - $1,514.92

With the remaining cash you could get yourself a good aftermarket CPU HSF and other components of your choice and requirement. You could look towards getting a Blu Ray Drive or SSD if you're interested.
 

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Hi Everybody!

I need some help with my HP Compaq Presario SR5030NX Desktop PC. Lately I have noticed that it has been running low on memory and the performance has been slow. I have already upgraded my RAM to the max capacity (2GB /2 GB (max) ) and I have been running into problems when trying to do general things like surf the net, run WMP11, and some general multitasking. WMP will start skipping as I am running an application or browsing the internet or I will have slow loading times.

I am just wondering if there is anything I can do to improve its performance by not breaking the bank. I have thought about buying a non integrated graphics card to free up memory but I would also need a new PSU since I am working with stock. Could buying a new Mobo with more RAM expansion and a faster processor help or is there anything that you all could think of?

I use my PC for listening to music, surfing the internet, editing videos, and business applications.

Here are a few of my specs:

Desktop PC HP Compaq Presario SR5030NX
Processor Intel Pentium 4 641 / 3.2 GHz
Type & Installed Size L2 cache 2 MB
Chipset type Intel 945GC Express
RAM 2GB / 2 GB (max) PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive 160 GB Serial ATA-300 7200rpm
Graphics Intel GMA 950
OS Windows Vista Home Basic
Security / Utility Software Norton Internet Security (always on), PC Tools Spyware Doctor (occasionally on), PC Tools Registry Mechanic (occasionally on)
 

A:Budget PC needs help

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Hi guys,

Long time no post But I require a little bit of help with this build of mine. I am planning to get an AMD system with a budget of $550-600 CAD (after tax).

My main concern is to get a "future-proof" mobo (with DVI/HDMI output), PSU and case.

My mobo should have
- AM3
- onboard gpu
- USB 3.0
- SATA 3 (6gb/s)
- DIMMs Expandable to 16GB DDR3
- at least 1 PCIE x16 lane
- mATX form is acceptable

PSU requirements:
- 600W min
- 80 Plus Certified efficiency
- Dual 12V Rails w/ min 34A total
- 2 x 6 pin PCIE power connector (with at least one of them being 6+2 PCIE)
- at least 4 SATA power connectors
- Modular if possible, otherwise not an exact requirement

CASE
Anything that's cheap but has good airflow with at least 1 side vent for cooling GPUs. I've seen Antec 300 at $49.99 CAD, but I'm open to suggestions.

CPU can be any AM3 that will fit the budget
RAM - at least 4GB DDR3
HDD - 400-500GB SATAII (cheapest)
DVDRW - Any LG or Samsung 22x

I appreciate any help you can provide me.


So far, here is what I've found:

Mobo- GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H SKT AM3 AMD890GX+SB850
https://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=450737

CPU- AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core Processor Socket AM3 2.8GHZ (95W TDP)
https://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=449645

RAM- OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - CL9
https://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=449574

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A:New budget build

You can save money on the power supply and the memory, but first, what are your planned uses of the new computer.
Look at memory at www.crucial.com or Directron.com
Consider a quality power supply, but you don't need more than 450 o4 500 W if it is truly a good one.
The Western Digital Black is a good choice,as is the LG
Be very certain your motherboard will fit the case you get... when the CPU and fan are included.
 

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Hi, I'm new here and would like to start of by saying thanks for this helpful forum

When it comes to computing I'm far from a expert so I though what better place to learn and get advice, hope all are having a fine day.

If someone could give some help or point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated. I want to buy a laptop powerful enough to run programs such as Cubase 8 or pro tools and to do other things like video editing. Firstly I need a laptop and I can only stretch to 450 pounds, I have been looking all over and its mind boggling, I want to make sure that I get the right laptop and don't waste my money.

Would a laptop with core i5 be powerful enough to run such programs? The laptops that fit my budget seem to have i5 with around 8gb RAM.

here is a link to a laptop I have fund on ebay. (please forgive me if lining isn't allowed)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221759386420?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Does that seem like fair value? and is it powerful enough for my needs?
Also is there a risk with buying a refurbished laptop from ebay?

Thanks for any help
 

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greetings!!
i know this topic has been covered in a million threads. i have searched and read many so far. i would like to build a comp from scratch for myself. budget is ~$500 or less if possible. i don't need anything fancy for gaming or a high end system.
--i currently use my comp for surfing, photo/music storage/burning, and office applications for school. i have asked on other boards and they simply laugh at my budget (please don't laugh!!) and insist that i purchase this and that to "future proof" my system.
--currenty i have a tower from an old emachine comp, monitor, mouse/keyboard, and 40-160GB HDD (IDE). i am open to ideas and willing to purchase new parts to make the system run more efficient and smooth. if the budget is too low, (as i have been told before!!), let me know and i can auction off some of the old equipment to contribute to the comp fund. please be understanding and thanks in advance...
 

A:Budget Build For Self

Content removed - you can't use TS as a place to sell your products.
 

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Case: APLUS Case Qubic, Black Midi tower
Mobo: Asus M2A-VM HDMI
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600
RAM: Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 2048MB
TV Card: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR1300MCE KIT

Generally using it for multimedia purposes. Wondering is there anything else needed. I already have hard drive, disk drive and 400w PSU.

Any comments, much appreciated
 

A:My Budget Setup

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Sub $500 build

I would like to share a build I am planning to get very soon
and you might wanna make it as a reference on your
upcoming purchase. Got these prices from newegg so
if you'll ask how much it would be on your country,
it would costs somewhere near these prices.

Cooler Master Elite 110 = $39
* One of the most cheapest ITX casing out there. Unlike Lian-Li's
and Silverstone's, you could fit a standard sized PSU in it.

Corsair CX 430 430W = $39
*430w of power is more than enough for this entire build

Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D = $69
*Cheap and has most of the features those famous brands currently has.
For this small platform, it has a good built-in audio.

Intel Pentium G3258 3.2 Ghz LGA 1150 = $69
*At $70 you get a special edition CPU from Intel. An unlocked
CPU that overclocks well with the Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D.

G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB X 2 DDR3 1600mhz = $79
*G.sKill sports a cheap and a kickass design on their
rams. 8Gb with a 1600mhz speed is good enough to play current released games.

Zotac GTX 750Ti 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 = $139
*Sports the new Maxwell architecture. A card so powerful to handle
games like Battlefield 4, Titanfall, COD Ghosts etc. that peaks at
insanely low 75 watts.

Western Digital WD Blue 1TB SATA = $59
1Tb is I think a pretty good enough capacity for this build.

Total = $493
(monitor excluded)

A budget gaming PC that can handle latest games @ full HD.
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Hey!

I was looking through CPUs and Motherboards (As that's all I need to buy at this time, don't worry about the RAM).

I found these (Sorry, I'm not allowed to post links yet):

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

I want to future-proof this set-up as best as possible FOR UNDER $450.

The Q9400 has SSE4.1, 6mb L2 cache, and 1333mhz fsb (45nm manufacturing process).
I assume SSE4.1 instructions are GOOD to have (should I forget about this)?

The thing is, I will never overclock anything, and I'm wondering how much extra am I paying for this "fairly capable" overclocking gigabyte board. Is there one that's comparable without the overclock-ready components?

Any responses are GREATLY appreciated!!!
-thehighroad
 

A:PC Plans - Less than $450 budget

Futureproofing by my definition: I want to fit into the "reccomended" requirements for games over the next 3 years. Not 120FPS in crysis kind of goal.

"Don't worry about ram": I can get 2GB sticks of DDR2 RAM at any time from my local stores, so I don't need to discuss it. No offense taken .

I am doing this in increments though, trying to capitalize on what I have now, and the future development of products whilst getting the best value possible.

My plan: Core 2 Quad (yet to determine best value per dollar now, i thought the new instructions might be worth my while), Gigabyte motherboard (good quality; not DESIGNED solely for overclocking), 4GB kingston DDR2 probably 1066.
Still keeping my--harddrives, nvidia 7800gt (I know this is "inefficient"), 450W coolermaster PSU, case, sound blaster audigy 4...

I realize at some point I'll have to buy a new GPU, and a new PSU, I'm waiting until DirectX 11 to contemplate this, as I feel buying a DirectX 10 video card is a waste.

The i7 doesn't interest me, by the time I can afford it, octa-core will be released, I have to choose when to buy sometime... I have an athlon 64 right now.

The Question Remains

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

Good Combo? I will not be overclocking.

Thanks for your response Matthew.
-thehighroad
 

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Hey I just built a new pc and I realised that I was extremely stupid and ordered ddr3 8gb 2 sticks of vengeance so yeah and I only have £50 left over plz and thx
 

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Heya there, I have a budget of around about £150 and I'm looking for the best AGP card to fit that price, preferably NVIDIA as I've had issues with ATI in the past. I want to be able to run games like Half Life 2, or Elder Scrolls Oblivion on high quality.

The rest of my PC is pretty decent, 1GB ram & 3.4Ghz P4. Just need a better GCard.

So, any recommendations? And thanks for any help you can offer
 

A:What's the best AGP card on my budget?

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This is what I'm running right now. At this current time, I would like my computer to at least be able to not lag or slow down while in raids in the game World of Warcraft. This is where my computer is definitely lacking.

Motherboard Model: Asus Puffer
Motherboard Chipset: Intel 915P (Grantsdale-P) + ICH6

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 520 @ 2800.0 MHz

Memory: 3x 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM

Video Adapter: ATI Radeon X700 Pro (RV410)
Video Memory: 256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM

Monitor: HP F1703 Flatscreen

Drives: Seagate ST3160021A
Drive Size: 160 GB

Audio: Intel 82801FB ICH6- High Definition Audio
Creative SB0310 Audigy LS Sound Card

This is what I have in my computer currently according to HWINFO32. If there's anything else that you need to know, please let me know.

I would like to upgrade my computer if possible, or if I'm able to replace components as I go, in efforts to replace everything in the end, in a budgetly manner if that makes sense.

@red1776, would using any of the components that you listed in your budget build work for replacing here and there with what I have?

Thanks for any and all the help guys.
 

A:Help with budget build

is this it?
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00208497

I would recommend replacing just about everything.
Budget?
 

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Hi guys. I am planning to buy a new laptop but I am running quite short and on a budget. I do lot of graphic designing and programming as a student but like other teens out there I also love to play PC games. I research a lot and finally I had found something.

MSI F-Series FX420X
PRODUCT SPECIFICATION

Processor:

Intel Core i5-2410M (2.30GHz, 3M Cache)
with TurboBoost up to 2.90GHz ]
Sandy Bridge Processor

Chipset
Mobile Intel HM65 Express Chipset

Memory:
8GB DDR3

Hard Disk Drive:
500GB

Optical Disk Drive:

DVD Super MultiDrive

Graphics:
ATI Radeon 6470 Graphics
with 1GB DDR3 VRAM

Network:
Integrated 10/100/1000
Integrated 802.11 bgn

Physical:
Dimension: 350 X 234 X 33.5mm
Weight: approx. 2.20 kg

Display:
14" TFT LCD

Webcam:
1.3MP Web Camera available

Audio
THX Sound

Battery:
6- Cell Battery

Ports:
USB 2.0 port x2
with USB 3.0 Port x2
Multi-in-One Card Reader

Features:
The Latest 2nd Generation Intelģ Core ô i5 Processor
14" TFT-LCD Widescreen Display
Sound by -MSI Premium Sound
THX TruStudio Pro to provide excellent surround sound effect
MSI Cinema Pro Technology offers consumers the finest movie viewing experience.
MSI GPU Boost Technology
Latest & fastest data transfer technology USB 3.0
I admired its great features and its stylish design and texture. Moreover it is quiet cheap for its specs (Not sure if its in sale).
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A:Gamer on A Budget

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Hi all,
My PC is now 5 years old (and not top of the range when I bought it) and I am looking to make some cheap upgrades to improve the speed/capability when running HD movies and some gaming (Civ 5, Football Man 2012 etc). I'm primarily thinking CPU and as a necessity of that the motherboard.

Overview of current PC:
P4 processor, RC415 motherboard, 2gb Ram, NVidia GEForce GT430 GPU, Vista 32 bit, Internal 140GB & external 1TB hard drives.

Looking around the internet at prices and benchmarking a good value/performance ratio option (based on my limited knowledge of PC hardware) would possibly be:

AMD Athlon II X4 631 Quad Core - 2.6 GHz - £55 and
ASROCK M3N78D - Socket AM3 - Chipset 720D - ATX - £40

Can anyone advise me:
1) If this indeed would be a good improvment (on current system)
2) A good option (compared to other CPU's etc)
3) Any compbatability issues I may have not anticipated.

Many thanks in advance
 

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I just built a new gaming rig, and plan on redesignating my older machine as a home server.

The rig I just built contains:

Athlon II X3 440 (Rana)
MSI 870A-G54 Military Class mainboard
OCZ Fatality 550w psu
Zalman CNPS9900 NT cpu cooler
4GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 RAM
1x 800GB WD Caviar Green
and is all wrapped up in a CoolerMaster Cosmos S

The MSI Mainboard has an "EZ Overclocking" Console that allows me to underclock it for better cooling, or Overclock it up to 7% (with the preset settings). I can also manually overclock it, though while I would like to believe I am advanced enough to do this without damaging my system, I simply am not.

I am also aware that the 440 Rana may have an unlockable 4th core, though I have been unsuccessful in all my attempts to unlock it. I haven't tried changing voltages to the cores to try stabilizing the processor as of yet.

My question is- Has anyone built a system with this MB/CPU combination, and if so, is there anyone that has been successful in unlocking the 4th core? How did you do it? Would you be willing to post voltages, clock speeds, etc?

This is the first machine I have attempted to overclock, so if anyone can help me with this I would appreciate it.

(I didn't include a graphics card in the specs because I haven't purchased one yet. I'm currently using an old Nvidia 9600gso as a stand-in)
 

A:New budget gaming rig

There's a reason the 4th core is locked, it was tested and concluded defective after production. Don't cause yourself more problems than solutions.
 

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Ok, so I have allowed myself to spend 300 bucks this pay check and I was thinking going with a I5 6600 6mb skylake cpu and either an ASUS B150M-A D3 or an MSI H110M PRO-D. I was hoping to get some help on comparing these two motherboards. Perhaps if anyone has other ideas I could do while staying in budget or a lil past it. The budget is $300.
 

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Hi, I'm trying to upgrade a HP 500-164. It has a A8-6500 CPU, 8gb RAM and a MS-7778(Jasmine) MoBo in it. I cannot find much information on this MoBo, which ultimately leads to my problem/question. I want to upgrade the GPU in this PC and want to just confirm that the following devices are compatible;  a Corsair CX600 PSU and a Gigabyte AMD R7 360 GPU. If I could get confirmation that this will work, that would be great. Thanks in adavance.

A:Upgrading PSU and GPU on a budget

@RCA84, welcome to the forum. Here is the Motherboard Specifications that should tell you what you want to know about it. The CX 600 will work fine.  You should make certain that it has the necessary power dongles required by the video card. This Gigabyte R7-360 will fit perfectly into the space proveded for it and should a great job for you. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved. 

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This is my first time building a computer, and I'm trying to build a budget gaming computer for about $400- $450. I don't play super intense games, but I do play Spore and Sims and edit videos and use Photoshop, so the graphics quality is important. This is the build I'm looking at right now:

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119047
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198
CPU: AMD Athlon II 453 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724
video card: Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...nvidia_geforce_9600_gt-_-14-130-360-_-Product
power supply: Thermaltake 500W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153113
RAM: 2GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211450
hard drive: Seagate 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148612

I plan on reusing the DVD +-RW/ CD-ROM drive from my old computer, if that'll work, and using my old hard drive as the slave drive. The OS will be Windows 7.

Will this configuration work, and do you have any suggestions or improvements for it? Thanks!
 

A:budget gaming pc around $400

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Does the TS budget box seem like a not so good value?
I mean, you can get a phenom II quad core 3.2 GHz for 130ish. Throw that on a mobo that has some usable integrated graphics (until you are able to add a decent graphics card) with 4 or 8 GB of ram, and a hard drive of choice, and a cheap yet solid case, and finally a DVD drive and you are probably around 450-500ish.

I dont know, it just seems like using the A8 for anything but laptops or micro (or other small factor) ATX is pointless.
Just my thoughts.
 

A:Is it just me or does the TS Budget Box seem like a poor value?

they are pretty much designed for graphic card replacements (not anywhere near yet though) and very low power use so yes good for laptops but not for desktops at the moment
 

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