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Old 08-23-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default BUDGET gaming rig

I have had a few computers in the past and know a little about them but am very new to building a computer. I am looking to build a gaming rig around $600 from sites like tiger direct and newegg.

right now this is what I have found so far:

Zalman z9 mid tower case
AMD phenom x4 925 (945, 955, etc if a good deal)
AMD radeon 6770
ASUS M4A87TD mobo
4gb kingston hyperx mem(2gb x 2)

some of these items were items i found on cyber power and people said they were good. Is there any unnecessary items or just items that would be a better or cheaper fit for my build?I need a good cheap choice on a PSU, harddrive (500 gb is enough), optical drive, and cooling fan. I also need to know if there is anything that i am missing completely or if there are any compatibility issues with the items I selected. Thankyou
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure all those things are compatible, but I suggest you go with the build I made below.

Case: Newegg.com - ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: Newegg.com - ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Processor: Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX840WFGMBOX
Video Card: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
RAM: Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9
Hard Drive: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Power Supply: Newegg.com - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
DvD/CD RW: Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - CD / DVD Burners
Windows 7: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems

This build is really similar to the parts you have suggested, but slightly improved.
With a grand total of... $604!!!

This computer will be able to play games pretty smoothly, have fun!
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XFX Radeon 6870 256-bit 2GB
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:36 PM   #3
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Okay i found a great deal on newegg that included:
amd phenom x4 965
ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
ASUS M4A88T-M LE AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Antec TWO HUNDRED S Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I also picked the:
coolermaster hyper 212 cooling fan
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model

Is there anything i am missing in my build? Is there any compatibility issues? also are all of the cables included to have a working computer right away?
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:38 PM   #4
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The Micro-ATX motherboard might be cramped if you try to jam the 6850 on it xD

Also... Don't forget to add the windows 7 disc, or you won't be able to use your computer.
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:58 PM   #5
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can you get windows 7 much cheaper than $110? I decided to go with your build but i saw that it does not have a fan? does the mobo come with a stock fan? if so should i upgrade to the cooler master hyper 212 or any others?

also how do you like your computer case? or did you get it for the price?
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:06 PM   #6
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I got mine for the price, but it DOES keep my components very cool, And no, the cheapest you could get windows 7 for is $100. The CPU already comes with a fan, so you don't have to worry about that unless you are planning on doing some serious overclocking. As you can see, in the build I made for you... I have also already included windows 7, so you will have everything you need to build and use your computer.
PS: If you DO plan on getting a better heatsink for overclocking, I suggest you get this one: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
When installing the hyper 212+, apply the thermal paste it comes with onto the CPU, then spread it gently all over the top of the CPU before applying the actual heatsink. HOWEVER, the fan the CPU comes with already has thermal paste on it, so you don't need to add thermal paste unless you are installing a seperate heatsink.
Here is a video on how to do so:
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XFX Radeon 6870 256-bit 2GB
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:23 AM   #7
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thanks for all the help. Thanks to you i finally got what i wanted.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:03 AM   #8
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No problem =D
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XFX Radeon 6870 256-bit 2GB
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:22 PM   #9
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is this motherboard any good? would this fit a radeon 5770? it says it has a 2.0 x16 PCI slot but the vid card is a 2.1 x16 PCI slot. does that mean it doesnt fit?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130266

and is this motherboard worth the extra $25?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131767
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:38 PM   #10
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No, the motherboards are pci forward and backward compatible, so the 5770 would fit in it.

I suggest you don't get that motherboard, it's not compatible with RAM at a good speed.
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.6 GHz
XFX Radeon 6870 256-bit 2GB
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular
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