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bumfloss August 24, 2009 01:29 AM

Budget gaming build
In the near future I am going to be building a new gaming computer and I need to keep it under $1450 (now I mainly play first person shooters)

here's what I've been thinking of:

dark knight cpu cooler $ 50
xfx 4890 1gb 216
corsair 750 tx 106
lg dvd drive sata 30
amd phenom 2 x4 955 be 220
gigabyte ud4p 117
mushkin 4gb 2x2gb 5-4-4-12 ddr2 800 67
coolermaster storm scout 109
wd caviar black 640gb 32mb cache 75

Total: 990

acer h233h 23 inch lcd monitor 1920x1080 $ 230
microsoft sidewinder x6 keyboard 63
logitech mx518 mouse 54
logitech ls21 2.1 speakers 34

Total: 381

internet- 75ft patch cable $ 14
2x 24inch left angle sata cables 6
dual 12inch red cathodes 8
crysis max 40

Total: 68

GRAND TOTAL: $1440 approx.

Any suggestions or feedback would be greatly appreciated:biggrin:

Kilauea August 24, 2009 03:55 AM

This looks like a nice build, I would probably change the CPU cooler for either a Coolermaster Hyper 212, an OCZ Vendetta II or a Xigmatek HDT-S1283.

Besides that, a modular PSU would always be welcome to help for cable management, but your choice is a very good one.

You could always get this G.Skill RAM instead, but there again your choice is good.

For a monitor, my personnal preference would go to one with a 1920 x 1200 resolution.

Also, you may be interested in purchasing some extra fans so that your system runs cooler. If I am not mistaken, you've got room for 3 more 120mm fans.

Perineum August 24, 2009 04:07 AM

I would say pricematch and shop around!

Your build looks fine to me.

Unless you for sure are only ever going to run WindowsXP on this machine I'd scoop up another 4 gigs of ram for a total of 8. It's soooooo ridiculously cheap right now to get and Windows 7 64 bit looks like the way to go.

DDR 2 should be going up in price any time now

Anyway, that's what I do on my personal rigs.

Oh, and I don't care that I don't use it all... that's the damn point :thumb:

martin_metal_88 August 24, 2009 04:15 AM

Acer screen? what the hell are you thinking about??? cmon search on the internet a tru 24 inch from LG or samsung at 1920 / 1200 you can find them for like 30 box more. For AMD go with Hyper 212 for cooler, you can mount it any direction you want and it's really cheap can be pricematched for like 24 box I think.
Here are some good screen for a good price;)

NCIX.com - Buy Samsung SyncMaster 2343BWX 23IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 2048X1152 5ms 20000:1DC 16:9 VGA DVI-D 1080P - LS23MYZKFV/XAC In Canada.
WOW LOOK AT THE PRICE! special is awsome maybe I could get one 8-)
NCIX.com - Buy LG W2442PA-BF 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 2MS 10000:1 300CDM 1920X1080 1080P HAS Tilt HDMI DVI - W2442PA-BF In Canada.

Ask for more.

Ryoohki August 24, 2009 09:20 AM

Imho get a DDR3 board. When Intel will release their I3 and I5 it will be all DDR3 and AM3 is DDR3 too so DDR2 will go up in price. You can get 4gb of DDR3 1600 at 90$ and the mobo are not much pricier...

bumfloss August 24, 2009 09:57 AM


ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo- $85 (motherboard)
G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBTD Trident PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-21- $90 (memory)

and whats wrong with the monitor?

martin_metal_88 August 24, 2009 10:00 AM

Acer is wrong, never think why they are like 100 box under every other brand? they are crap. I have sell to many of them and see to much come back broken to recomend them. At the local shop where I work we just don't sell them anymore because of return %. I think it's horrible.

Ask for more.

clone63 August 24, 2009 10:58 AM

I agree with Ryo.. DDR3 is the way to go, ddr2 will be old hat soon enough.

kingnubian August 24, 2009 11:49 AM

Nice build................except for the Acer monitor.

I've built a number of "Budget" builds for clients & friends and looking at yours it's real nice.

I usually try to get something for nothing in my budget builds so overclocking is the name of the game. Too bad you couldn't get your hands on a unlockable & stable X2 550. Quad for free and overcloks as well.

As for ram since the Phenom Quad & your motherboard choice can use faster ram, not talking about DDR3, why not go for some G.Skill PC2-8500 at just $3 more?
Buy G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

I also swear by this mouse which costs much less than the Logitech you list. It's the OCZ Behemoth.
OCZ Behemoth Laser Gaming Mouse W/ 2 Way Scrolling Wheel 800-3200DPI Adjustable Weights - DirectCanada

Still I like the look of your build, but ditch the Acer ASAP!.

bumfloss August 24, 2009 08:55 PM


Originally Posted by bumfloss (Post 244153)

ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo- $85 (motherboard)
G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBTD Trident PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-21- $90 (memory)

and whats wrong with the monitor?


does anyone have any suggestions about the changes I made or do you think I should stay with the ddr2 setup:shok:? (that's the vibe I'm getting)

thanks for helpin:thumb:

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