Budget Value PC

thoeng

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Hi All,

I am building a new PC and close to pull in the trigger. Now for last piece of mind please tell me if this won't go wrong.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Very soon

BUDGET RANGE: as low as possible, would try to squeeze every performance for every dollar paid

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, media work, web development, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet, Overclock ability, Stable

This is the Part i have come up with:

CPU: e5200
MB: GA P45-D3SL
GPU: ATI HD4670
HD: 250Gb Sata2 8mb cache
Ram: 2x2gb DDR2 800
CPU fan: Vendetta
PSU: generic 400W + generic case



 

kyeana

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+1 on a good psu, if you get a crappy one that dies it could take out the rest of your system.

Two very good brands for PSUs is Corsair and PC Power & Cooling
 
This case is set up to run three 120mm case fans. It comes with two and I added a third to this build. It has a side air duct, it's vented, and it has a open mesh front so it has decent air flow. The heat sink comes pre applied with MX-2 thermal compound, and if you do it right you will o/c that cpu and vid card. Move up your fsb to (12.5 x 266) and run that cpu @ 3.32Ghz @ 1066 fsb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119106 <=== better pics, specs, reviews of the case in this build.

http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?products_id=84 $22.99
Centurion 534 Black Mid Tower, W/O window, W/O PSU - Refurbished

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150070 $4.99
MASSCOOL FD12025S1L3/4 120mm Case Fan - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171028 $34.99
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181196Combo Price: $112.98
GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-AC7PRO $26.99 Free Ground Shipping
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Fan For Intel CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130437 $79.99 ($59.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
EVGA 512-P3-N963-TR GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122 $42.99 Free Shipping
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-0A38018 $42.77
Hitachi 320GB 0A38018 SATA2 U300 7200rpm 16MB RoHS Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $393.69 *not including shipping and rebates
 

p00p00head

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Yeah, that thermaltake that IH8U linked to is a pretty good value for what you get.

Also, you'll probably get more bang per $ with a Radeon 4830.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

This one's a great overclocker, I believe Toms did an article on this one and the powercooler one. At 74.99 after rebates, you'll get 50%-100%(depends on OC) better performance than a 4670. Not to knock on the 4670, as that is an excellent value card as well, but the 4830 is just way too good of a bargain right now.

Here's a good 04830/4670 review
http://techgage.com/article/sapphire_radeon_hd_4670_gddr4_hd_4830/1
 
That Thermaltake is supposedly not bad (won't kill your rig), but is overrated. As such, it probably cannot handle a 4830.
You can pick up an Antec Earthwatts 430 for $55 at Newegg now. That one will be fine for even a 4850.