Should I buy this custom built Phenom 9850be system?


May 1, 2009
Okay so i found this custom built pc on craigslist locally, this guy built it 4 months ago and wants to sell it for a laptop now here's the specs all for $480, I would just upgrade the video card.

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
ENCORE ENLWI-N PCI 2.3 Wireless Adapter
Window XP black edition 32bit
DVD burner


May 1, 2009
what's wrong with an nvidia chipset? I didn't think there was an XP black edition but that's what he said. I'm not getting this anyway though b/c I want 64bit OS, faster ram, and better PSU.

My budget is around $500 initially give or take a little, it's really for a modest gaming system not really top of line...but with the ability to expand later on. I've decided not to get this system though b/c I'd rather not have to spend extra money for the graphics card and I really want an Intel processor, like the Core i7 or Q9xxx or Q8xxx...i know not for $500 though more like $1000. thanks any builds are welcome though if their in the price range.
PSU: Corsair 550vx

MB: Asus P5Q Pro

CPU: Intel Q9400

Case: Antec 300

Ram: Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 4gb

GPU: XFX HD 4850

HDD: Western Digital WD6401AALS

Optical: Samsung SATA DVD drive SH-S223F


Jan 7, 2009
for $500, i would go with the E5200 rig.

CPU + Motherboard: E5200 + P43 gigabyte combo
GPU: HIS 4670
PSU: 400cx Corsair
Memory: G.Skills Pi Black 2x2gb DDR2 800mhz
HDD: 320gb Western digital or if a Western Digital Black 640gb fits in the budget, get it.
Case: Coolermaster RC-690
OS: Windows Vista Home premium 64-bit or get the windows 7 now and when it comes out later, get it free.

At $99, the Radeon HD 4770 is an award winner. At $109, it remains a good demonstration of 40 nm manufacturing at work and, as mentioned, a recommended alternative to the Radeon HD 4850/GeForce GTS 250 for budget-crunched gamers.