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Q: Budget Monitor

Hi

I need a good quality monitor for my parents pc. Something that does at least 85hz at 1024x768. Price of 90-100. Any suggestions?

BenQ Value V772 seems ok for 86inc vat, but not to sure about the company...

how bout Hansol? the 730E seems ok and is 5 more....

TIA

Raz

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A: Budget Monitor

if im not mistaken, dells are rebranded benqs. i've heard problems about the p992 with not being magnetically shielded and that, so keep all speakers 1m away. never heard anything bad (or good) about hansol

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Im currently looking for a 144 hz monitor. Preferably 27 inch but obviously doesnt fit my budget (below $300). Therefore I have to go with the 24 inches (not bad either). I'm currently deciding between 3 monitors all in stock on amazon.
Amazon.com: BenQ XL Series XL2411Z 24-Inch LED Monitor: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Philips 242G5DJEB 144hz, 1ms Extreme Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: AOC G2460PQU 144hz, 1ms Ultimate Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor: Computers & Accessories

It's hard to decide which one since i have no experience in these monitors.

A:budget 144 hz monitor, help

Your output will always be 60hz, regardless of the refresh rate of a monitor. Majority of the times, the higher refresh rates, causes what is called "Screen Door effect", "Soap Opera" effect, and for some people, they have actually had severe Migraines. The suggested settings are to turn off all fancy features on the monitor/HDTV, or in the Control panel for your GPU when you calibrate it.

If you really want to know what people are using and want to see the rating. Check through the websites that are dedicated to gaming to look at their ratings. Along with Consumer Reports.

Just remember that your weakest link will always be your GPU & other Computer hardware. The really sad thing is that computer gaming is an ever evolving market. What may be best now. May be worse six months down the road.

Gaming for computers has always been one of those things, that unless you have a whole lot of money. You are never going to get close to the exact same high end hardware or setups that they are using for testing the game products on.

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Im currently looking for a 144 hz monitor. Preferably 27 inch but obviously doesnt fit my budget (below $300). Therefore I have to go with the 24 inches (not bad either). I'm currently deciding between 3 monitors all in stock on amazon.
Amazon.com: BenQ XL Series XL2411Z 24-Inch LED Monitor: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Philips 242G5DJEB 144hz, 1ms Extreme Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: AOC G2460PQU 144hz, 1ms Ultimate Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor: Computers & Accessories

It's hard to decide which one since i have no experience in these monitors.

A:Best budget 144 hz monitor

Graphic card specs? I'm not an expert with graphics, but I do know that sometimes a midrange graphics card can limit performance on a great monitor and vice versa for an average monitor hooked up to a great GFX card..... just food for thought.

From personal experience the best thing you can do when buying any monitor (or TV) is to look at it yourself. You can't always hook up your own device to it, but by checking it out in person you can see what really pops and what looks good to your own eyes. Try to get over to a best buy or microcenter or someplace where they have these monitors you're looking into and check them out yourself! Doesn't have to be the same exact size as the one you're looking for, if they come in multiple sizes, as long as it's the same family of monitors.

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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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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)
 

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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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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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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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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.

6 - Motherboard The 790 doesn't have onboard graphics. Not sure what you're asking. If you buy a motherboard without on-board graphics and you don't add a video card, you DON'T get vide... Read more

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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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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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Hi, i'm new to forum and i need some help upgrading my rig.
My current rig is
AMD A4-5300
8GB RAM
GT 730

I usually only play Dota 2 and CSGO on that rig so i'm pretty fine with it for 2 years.

My budget is $350 at max, because i saved $50 for the Steam Summer Sale
The game that i'm planning to play is Overwatch and Playerunknown's Battleground

Any help will be appreciated and thanks for any reply
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

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hello,
I don't know what the difference between budget pc and high-end pc, which one i should buy. I need to know the many aspects of choosing a pc.
Can anyone tell me the difference from hardware, software, ease of use,length of warranty and etc..of a budget pc and high-end pc? Who can tell me how to built my ideal pc?? i'm a college student, as well as my sister is a secondary school student.
 

A:budget pc or high-end pc?

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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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Hi guys,
I'm upgrading my system to i5, but I'm stuck on what motherboard to get. I'm on a budget, 150-200 dollars AU is the limit. Thinking G/B P55-UD4P, but is there any other good mobos for that price?
 

A:Best Budget P55 Motherboard?

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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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I've finally come into enough money so that I can buy myself a desktop. No more using moms'! Anyway, the most I can spend is 800$ US money. I don't know a lot about computers ( I'm still learning from reading things) so I was wondering if I could get help from people who knew more about it than I do. Currently I'm looking at this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=999977300050015&type=product&id=pcmprd77200050015
I figured that anything budget doesn't have a good graphics card so maybe I can invest in one of those later. I do like play games even if I have to have them run at less than the best options. Basically, I want to be able to multi-task without having to fear a dreaded slow down. The last comp I got was e-machine and it short-changed me on RAM so it had some problems running XP. I don't want to run into that problem again. The sites I've been looking at are Bestbuy and Newegg. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. ^^
 

A:Buying Budget: Need help

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I want to start budgeting my money monthly.

Is there a good program to help me with this?
 

A:Budget Software!!!

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Ok,
I thought I had to go AMD for price so I purchased:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition


Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Now I am getting a lot of feedback that I should have stuck with Intel for my new build. So who can come up with a better Intel CPU & Mobo at around $150? E5200 with mobo? Would it be worth it to send the AMD back? Would I need a cooler for whatever you can come up with or is stock ok?

Which would be better upgradable?

Am adding it to:

Crucial 2GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory

Western Digital WD 3200AAKS Caviar SE16 320GB SATA II 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA Hard Drive

Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

GPU: Radeon X1950PRO 256MB PCIe GDDR3

I already have purchased these other components and got many at better prices than NewEgg so not inclined to change them, except maybe add memory.

This will be a XP system with only occasional WoW gaming ect.
 

A:AMD or Intel CPU Budget

7750 or e5200, the difference your not going to see.

go with whats cheaper.

i tested the 7750, it is no doubt amd's best dual core chip in the athlon x2 line.
i tested it against the x2 6400.

clock for clock, the 7750 came out on top, and the temp difference was amazing.
the 7750 ran 10C cooler in the same system.

3.4Ghz is a good stable overclock on the 7750. (2.7 stock)
thats a 700mhz overclock.

i cant speak on the e5200 overclocking, because i have not owned one myself.
im sure it can overclock past 3.4 tho, given you have a good cpu cooler.

but what im trying to say, either chip you get, the performance is almost identical to the other.

here is my 6400 vs 7750 chart i made @ another site after a couple of bencharmarks were completed.

test system:
asus m2n-e 570 ultra mobo
ocz platinum ddr2 800 ram
evga gtx 280
x2 7750 and x2 6400


the 3dmark score is cpu score only, the actual scores both are in the 12k range, but that is thanks to the gpu.

edit: get a getter video card than that x1900 series.
if your going ati, grab a 4830 if you can afford it, its about $100
if you want nvidia, grab a 9600gso, its less than $100, and its a great budget card.
 

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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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Ok,guys.I need a suggestion about what case to get,my budget is up to 60$.
Looks are not important, the most important things are to have 1 fan or more,good cable managment and good build quality.
Thanks.
 

A:Budget PC case?

The Corsair 200R meets all your needs, but unfortunately, after Corsair released their new Spec budget cases, they raised the price of the 200R from $50 to $70.

So if you want a nice case for <$70, Corsair has some nice options you can check out >>here<<. I would watch unboxing videos on the Spec cases before purchasing since I am unsure if they would suit your needs (I am not too familiar with them since they are new). If you decide on a case, I recommend buying them from either >>Newegg<< or >>Amazon<<.

If you are interested in an unboxing of the 200R, check it out >>here<<.
 

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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 all,

I've pretty much set myself on everything in my budget build except for the processors. I've been researching for hours and I can't find a consistent answer with which processor to go with. The main battle of the wallet seems to take place between the Intel Core i3-6100 and the Intel Core i5-6500. I'm set on using the MSI gaming RX 470 4GB graphics card with 8GB of RAM.

My main question is: Is there a slightly less expensive, but still cost effective, variant of the i5 quad core?

Thank,
Josh "PC building noob" B.

I will be using the Gigabyte LG1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 motherboard if this changes anything.
 

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first of, dont buy anyting from www.nt-micro.com . punks sent me wrong motherboard and 3 weeks later i'm still trying to get them to send me an RMA to return it. the one they sent me actually costs 115$ and i spent 220$ on the purchase. they are about to get a call from my lawyer. or my best friend pretending to be one!

anyhow i was trying to purchase the abit fatal1ty an8, not the SLI version. i had the money to spend and i figured i wouldnt need to upgrade it for a while.

the rest of the equipent i bought is as follows:
amd64 3000+ Rev E (Venice?)
2 gigs of Corsair XMS serries pc3200 cas 2 RAM
SATA 80 Gig HD
x700 ATI Radeon pro 256 mb pci-express
550W psu

anyhow i was wondering what motherboards everyone would recommend? and even if i should still with my abit an8 fatal1ty choice. not interested in any SLI boards either kind like ATI.

so if everyone could make some recommendations that'd be great and list a few reasons as why.

thanks in advance. :bounce:
 

A:Looking for new motherboard, 220$ budget!

Check Newegg.com. They have good prices and most products have customer reviews.
 

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http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/nVhm7P so recently i have wanted to make my own computer, (gaming pc), and yeah, i want to know how my build is? i want to run games like counter strike:GO on ultra settings and games like battle field 4 fine on mid settings. is this a good build? and the case-cooling system are they really compatible or not? the link is my build. ty (os is not inlcuded i will get that seperately, (its windows 7) and i dont need an optical drive) EDIT: (is my power supply watts the right lvl aswell?)
 

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Hi, I've got an old Dell Optiplex 780 SFF PC sitting around. I was wondering if I installed a GT 1030 2GB Low Profile, Will I be able able to run modern games at 1080p at Low to maybe even High depending on the game? Some games I'm looking at playing is Rocket League, Overwatch, PUBG, BF1 & H1Z1: KOTK, Would it maybe be worth it spending extra on buying a Q6600, instead of the E8400? How would the performance differ if I did so? & Is the GT 1030 and Q6600 compatible on that motherboard? I've tried looking everywhere on the internet but I seem to be struggling, Thank you to anyone who helps.
 

A:Budget PC Build

No. Not going to happen. That Chipset is almost 9 years old. You are NOT going to be able to play those games with that E8400 Or even the Q6600. Those CPU's are way outdated, and they would have trouble even running the GT 1030 because it would be a massive bottleneck.

EDIT: You are essentially trying to run a 6 month old graphics card with the processing power of a 8 year old computer. Not a good combination...
 

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Hi, I've got an old Dell Optiplex 780 SFF PC sitting around. I was wondering if I installed a GT 1030 2GB Low Profile, Will I be able able to run modern games at 1080p at Low to maybe even High depending on the game? Some games I'm looking at playing is Rocket League, Overwatch, PUBG, BF1 & H1Z1: KOTK, Would it maybe be worth it spending extra on buying a Q6600, instead of the E8400? How would the performance differ if I did so? & Is the GT 1030 and Q6600 compatible on that motherboard? I've tried looking everywhere on the internet but I seem to be struggling, Thank you to anyone who helps
 

A:PC Budget Build

No. Not going to happen. That Chipset is almost 9 years old. You are NOT going to be able to play those games with that E8400 Or even the Q6600. Those CPU's are way outdated, and they would have trouble even running the GT 1030 because it would be a massive bottleneck.

EDIT: You are essentially trying to run a 6 month old graphics card with the processing power of a 8 year old computer. Not a good combination...
 

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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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So i want to spend less than 45, approx $55, on a case with support for a MicroATX MOBO. My requirwments are at least 1x USB 3 header and A window (i.e. not 2). I found these three: Cooler Master - MasterBox Lite 5 ATX Mid Tower Case, Realan E-D3 Micro ATX case, Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case

Does anyone have anything to say about anything, things i should know about, good/bad experiences? Should i look at different cases? Thanks a bunch!
 

A:Which budget case?

i just built a system with this case and used 3 blue led fans (2 front.... one rear)......came out really nice and looked great
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/coo...se-3-custom-trim-colours-included-with-window
 

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Hey everyone im looking for parts to uprgade on a budget because my old parts arent workin to run many newer games. I am currently running a 2Ghz P4, 2Gb Patriot ddr400, an ATI Radeon 9800 PRo, and a cheapo MSI motherboard. Im looking to get a new motherboard, video card, and processor. what would you suggest for a 500-700 dollar price range? I play Oblivion. Counter Strike: Source, and fear all on medium right now, but i am preparing for the next gen of games. Thnx!
 

A:Looking for budget PC parts

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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...
 

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

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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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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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Hey techs! Merry Christmas! (First of all)
I need a big help! Now that is christmas i need to get a new gpu for my computer! I am giving the motherboard model! Its a bit old so please can you help me find me a bugdet gpu (under 140?)
Thank you so much!

P.S: i live in Greece

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
 

A:Help for choosing a budget gpu

Do the following in that computer because we need a lot more information than its Gigabyte motherboard - which has a partially-obscured model number in your image.

Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) to the desktop.
After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.
Information about your computer will appear.
Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the ENTIRE text here.

Also advise us what the brand name and complete model number and wattage is of your computer's power supply.

Also advise us the main reason for you wanting to install a graphic card in your computer.

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I was looking to buy the G500 but apparently, judging from the reviews, it doesn't last for more than one year because the left click breaks often and other common problems.


And yes, I've made 2 topics in a short timespan. ?

A:I'm looking for a mouse with a budget of $50 - 60

Computer Mouse: Explorer Touch Mouse | Microsoft Hardware

Something I'd like to try out. Might not bewhat you're looking for though.

Do say more specifically what you'd prefer, such as wireless, dpi, etc.

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I do not live in the US so rebate would not apply to me, so I am asking which of these laptops i found at tigerdirect.com would be the best. I am just playing games that do not really need that much, (world of warcraft, need for speed carbon and counter strike). thanks for any information given.
It is of urgency sorry my dad says i have to tell him today. Thing is he only told me today to choose lol
 

A:Trying to work with a budget of under $580.

I have moved your thread to the correct forum and deleted your other thread for this subject.

Regards Howard
 

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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 am saving up like 500 bucks for a custom build pc that can multitask and be able to play light games like 18 WOS
so here are the parts i am looking foward to.

website: newegg.com

asus cd/dvd burner :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&cm_re=asus_cd-_-27-135-204-_-Product

rosewill challenger computer case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...47153&cm_re=challenger-_-11-147-153-_-Product

amd athlon II x3 3.0ghz triple core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843

samsung spinpoint f3 :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

gskill 4gb (2x2) drr3 pc3 10600:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1179&cm_re=g.skill_4gb-_-20-231-179-_-Product

asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131398&cm_re=v_evo-_-13-131-398-_-Product

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...200&cm_re=rosewill_psu-_-17-182-200-_-Product

so this is the parts i am intrested in so let me know if its a good build for a 500 $ budget thanks,
 

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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
$139.99

case COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
$49.99

LOGISYS Computer CF120BL BLUE 4 LED LED Case Fan
$6.99

hard drive-Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

Ram Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
$42.99

Arctic Silver MTX-2.5G Matrix Thixotropic Premium Thermal Compound
$5.95

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$124.99

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A:Building Budget pc

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I want to upgrade to a DX11 card, my current card is in my specs. My budget is up to ?120

I just want to know which is the best card in this range and how much of an improvement to gaming will I get.

I use Overclockers UK for all my pc upgrades.

A:Need advice for someone on a budget

Asus GeForce GTX 460 Direct CU TOP 768MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card with HAWX2 PC-Game [] Graphics and Video NVIDIA GTX 460 Series

130 quid.

This is similar to what I am using. Mine has the 1GB chip. I've been using it for 3 months and no problems.
Your monitor resolution is similar to mine so it would suit your system well.
I can run AVP Benchmark with no glitches.

Mike

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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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I am doing a budget build for a client for his small business. His budget was 600.00 for the pc with the OS supplied by him, my labor will be negotiated.

This is what I have for him, nothing major mainly invoices, quicken, etc...

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp?ID=6854347

Let me know if you see any issues before I place the order.

Thanks yall
 

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New Computer - Low Budget.

I have an acquaintence that is seeking to purchase a new computer. No monitor as he wants to purchase a monitor separately - a large one. He uses computer mostly for email and web searching. A little photo editing. No movies. No sophisticated programs.

He does not want a used or remanufactured computer.

My view is that the more RAM the better. There are less expensive computers but with less RAM.

He thinks that "Pentium" is better than AMD. I tried to explain that both manufacturers now make multiple chips with some being better than others with each brand.

What is your opinion of Intet chip versus AMD chip?

What is anyones opinion of the below new computer?

For US $398.00.



CPU1 : AMD Athlon? II X2 dual-core processor 235e
(2.7GHz, 2MB L2 cache)Operating System2 : Genuine Windows? 7 Home Premium 64-bitChipset : NVIDIA? GeForce? 6150 SEMemory3 : 6144MB DDR2 dual-channel (2 ? 1024MB + 2 ? 2048MB)
Expandable to 8GB
4 DDR2 slots (total), 0 DDR2 slot (available)Hard Drive4 : 750GB 7200rpm SATAOptical Drive : 16x DVD?R/RW Supermulti drive
Write max: 16x DVD?R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 8x DVD?R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RW
Read max: 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-ROMMedia Reader5 : Multi-in-one digital media card reader
CompactFlash? I & II, CF+ Microdrive, Secure Digital? (SD) Card, miniSD? Card, MultiMediaCard? (MMC), MMCmobile?, MMCmicro?, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard? (RS-MMC), xD-Picture Card?, Memory Stick?, Memory Stick ... Read more

A:New Computer - Low Budget

That does not seem like a half-bad machine to me. Who is the manufacturer?

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