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Old 08-29-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I am looking to build my first pc. I am looking to spend $500 at the most and that should include everything except a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I want to be able to play some games, nothing to demanding but a little here and there. I also run autocad for school as well as video editing programs. Can you guys help me out with a parts list that i would need to build it? I am pretty tech savvy so i should have no problem building it, i just am not really sure about what components work with what being that this will be my first build, thanks.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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Here is a build good that i made for you:

Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MotherBoard: Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TA870U3+ AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Processor: Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX

Video Card: Newegg.com - Recertified: EVGA 01G-P3-1366-RX GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL

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 - RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply

Windows 7: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems

Grand total of $526 I know this is a bit over your budget, but it would be great for all the things you listed.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:48 PM   #3
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Would the system be ok if i added an additional stick of ram, making it 8gb total?
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I'd suggest against a three core cpu. A lot of programs still can't run with the third core, so you're walking around with a dead limb in a lot of cases. The dual core Athlon or Phenom will be just as affective and cost a little bit less. Athlon II x2 @ 3.2ghz

Also, you don't want to do just one stick of RAM. You're not fulfilling the potential of the dual channel RAM setup. Get 2 * 2 GB sticks or 4 * 2GB sticks for better performance. Also, I had four gb for the longest time with no issue. It works fine. You can upgrade with time, at least this way, you can access all of the dual channel power, rather than just half. G.Skill Ripjaw

Go with this PSU instead. Brand name and after the rebate it costs only 5 dollars more. It's high performance and modular so no problems will come of it unlike non brand names.OCZ PSU

I have an HAF and I hate all the dust issues. Worst buy yet. I love the looks but that's about it. Take my advice if you want to, it's a burden you don't want. Cooler Master makes an incredible line of Mid ATX towers. Their Elite series is awesome!!! Here's one of my favorites. Cooler Master Elite!

Here's a smaller mobo with a bit more kick for the dollar. You can get the one he suggested if you want the longer board. No issue. MSI 880GM

You have a baller system for the price there.

The build I suggested with the mail in rebate and shipping costs comes out to $506 dollars...Go for it bro!
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Thanks for your input bro, very much appreciated. So your suggesting if i want 8gb of ram, i get 4 2gb sticks of the ripjaws?
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Yeah, just omit the link he gave you and use this one instead (Same Brand)

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL

Do NOT go for the OCZ power supply. They are not trustworthy right now, too many folks having issues with them. RAIDMAX is equally bad. You need to aim for a name brand though, so Antec, Corsair, Thermaltake or Seasonic are all good alternatives.
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Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply That better?

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR Better choice for RAM...I have the 1600mhz version of these and love them. These are a little more speed and look a little better if I do say so myself

Total still comes out to 505 with these two items
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