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Old July 14, 2009, 03:57 PM
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I'm looking to build a new computer and try to keep it at around $700. I have a keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers already so I basically just need to build the tower. I don't plan to do any overclocking, it's mostly a family computer but I want to be able to play modern games on it when I'm around.

Intel E8400 $185
cheap Gigabyte motherboard? $80-90
4GB RAM PC2-8000 or 8500 (something on sale for $50-60)
Nvidia GTX 260 Core 216 $200
WD Caviar Black 640GB $80
Cheap DVD drive on sale $25
Antec three hundred $60
500W PSU (OCZ StealthXStream) $50

Total: ~$730 before tax

Hopefully I can find some of this stuff on sale over the next couple weeks. Can anyone recommend any specific changes that could save some money without gimping the computer too much? Also recommend a good motherboard for cheap.

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Old July 18, 2009, 10:18 AM
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OK so I decided I might take a different route with it and go AMD.

CPU:
AMD Penom II X3 720 BE $156.56

Mobo:
Gigabyte GA-MA770-Ud3 $90 -$10 MIR

RAM:
4GB G.Skill PC2-8000 5-5-5-15 $56

GPU:
EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 SC $210 -$30 MIR

HDD:
WD Caviar Black 640GB $77.55

PSU:
Corsair VX550 $98.40 -$22 MIR
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Corsair TX650 $105.62 -$11 MIR (if i can spare the extra money)

Case:
NZXT Beta $56.10
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Antex three hundred $58.22

DVD:
Samsung SH-S223F Black $25.88

Total:~$800 after tax and less MIR.

Will the 550W PSU be enough for this build? Also which case would you guys recommend? Remember I don't plan to do any overclocking so cooling won't be that big of an issue.

I plan to buy the parts over the next few weeks and wait for the best sales on each item. (probably buy the GPU this week).
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Old July 18, 2009, 10:22 AM
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The 550W would handle that no problem. As for cases, they are always a matter of personal taste. Any case with room for a couple of inlet and exhaust fans will do you if you don't plan on OC'ing at all.
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Old July 18, 2009, 10:33 AM
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This looks like a solid build, but if you don't plan on overclocking I am not sure the PC2-8000 is necessary, u could save a few bucks by going with PC2-6400.

With the current promotion with the gift card at NCIX, its not a bad thing to go for the GTX 260 now, but then again its very likely that there will be some nice deal either on the GTX 260 or some similar ATI card. It might also be worth considering some HD 4870 like this Powercolor at NCIX or this Sapphire at Newegg or if you prefer better warranty, this XFX at PcCyber.

Other than that, the 550W PSU would be enough for this build, but it would surely depend on the sales at the time you purchase.
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Old July 18, 2009, 10:52 AM
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Good point about the RAM. I could save a few bucks by getting some PC2-6400 on sale at some point (though probably only save $10).

I may consider a different video card now that you mention it. The sale on that GTX 260 SC seemed too good to pass up. Since I will be using it on a only 20" monitor I probably don't need something quite that powerful. I'll either pick up the 260 this week before the sale ends or try to find a good HD 4870 on sale in the next couple weeks (ideally the 1GB version).
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Old July 18, 2009, 11:48 AM
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Your built look really solid. As for the case, go with the Beta, black interior is sexy and it have better cable management than the 300.
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This looks like a solid build, but if you don't plan on overclocking I am not sure the PC2-8000 is necessary, u could save a few bucks by going with PC2-6400.

I agree and and DDR2-1000 is a bit of odd speed. I bought some of those and I had an extremely hard time making them work. DDR2-800 will be good enough or if you prefer go right up to DDR2-1066 but stay away from DDR2-1000.
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