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Ok, ive come up with a build sort of following the Low Budget Gamer build from parts guide and ive got a few questions. My budget is probably a MAXIMUM of $900. Im only 13 and itll take me like a year to pay off but aslong as its a good system i dont care.

 

This is probably what ill go with until my parents will let me buy the parts:

 

 

CPU $80.00 - Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300/2.6Ghz/2MB CACHE/800FSB/LGA775

MOBO $99.00 - Gigabyte GA-EG41MF-US2H Intel G41+ICH7 1333MHz DDR2 800 mATX

RAM $105.00 - Team Elite 4G(2x2G)PC6400 800Mhz DDR2 CL5 5-5-5-15

GPU $209.00 - XFX ATI HD5770 1G Dual DVI DL HDMI DP

HDD $58.00 - Seagate SATAII 500GB 16m Cache(ST3500418AS )

PSU $65.00 - SilverStone 500W Half Modular PSU.

MONITOR $124.00 - Acer X193HQ 18.5 inch Wide LCD 5ms 10000:1 Black

FANS $28.00 - 2 X Antec TriCool 80mm Green Led Case Fan with 3-Speed Switch'

 

Ive already got a Card reader, DVD drive, Mini tower case which i will upgrade if i can find a cheap good one, Keyboard, Mouse and ill get Windows 7 somewhere local.

 

My first question is do i need more fans to keep this cool? I would put more in but my case i have at the moment doesent have enough mounts so ill have to buy a new case in which case i would need a cheap case off Umart where i am buying from. But if these 2 fans combines with the GPU fan and PSU fan will cool it im happy.

 

My second is do i need a better CPU cooler other than the stock one?

 

Finally can i get any of this which will do the same job as this for cheaper?

 

Thanks for all your help in advance!

 

EDIT: Thought id say this is my 1st Build.

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I'd recommend:

 

Antec NSK6580B w/ 430W EarthWatts $125.00

AMD Phenom II 550 DualCore 3.1GHz $106.00

Western Digital 808.8 SATAII 32m Green Power $72.00

Asus M4A785D-M-PRO $94

Team Elite 4G(2x2G)PC6400 800Mhz DDR2 CL5 5-5-5-15 $105

Ablatron HD5770 1G 2XDVI HDMI $209.00 (or the XFX one)

Acer X243HQ 23.6" 1920x1080 LCD $236 (-$49 cash back from Acer)

Total $947, or $898 after cashback

 

You may be able to unlock the CPU to four cores, and it'll outperform the E5300 whether you can or not.

 

No extra cooling required.

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I'd recommend:

 

Antec NSK6580B w/ 430W EarthWatts $125.00

AMD Phenom II 550 DualCore 3.1GHz $106.00

Western Digital 808.8 SATAII 32m Green Power $72.00

Asus M4A785D-M-PRO $94

Team Elite 4G(2x2G)PC6400 800Mhz DDR2 CL5 5-5-5-15 $105

Ablatron HD5770 1G 2XDVI HDMI $209.00 (or the XFX one)

Acer X243HQ 23.6" 1920x1080 LCD $236 (-$49 cash back from Acer)

Total $947, or $898 after cashback

 

You may be able to unlock the CPU to four cores, and it'll outperform the E5300 whether you can or not.

 

No extra cooling required.

A big plus one to the above, I have a similar setup.

 

You would need a different motherboard to do the following, but you can in most cases unlock the extra cores on the Phenom II 550 and end up with a 3.1ghz X4, It doesn't always work properly as the cores aren't always fully functional, however there is a good chance they will be.

 

To clarify on the motherboard situation you will need a motherboard with 'acc' which you set to 'auto' in the acc control in the bios.

 

For $500aud I got the nessasary motherboard with HD3300 intergrated graphics (can run crysis lol), 3.1ghz X4, 2x2gbDDR2800, 1tb HDD and a Aywun cooler

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Ok so does this look good to you guys?

 

$106.00 - AMD Phenom II 550 DualCore 3.1GHz

$94.00 - Asus M4A785D-M-PRO AM3 Mainboard 4xDDR2/5xSata Raid/1xIDE/Gigabi

$105.00 - Team Elite 4G(2x2G)PC6400 800Mhz DDR2 CL5 5-5-5-15

$209.00 - XFX ATI HD5770 1G Dual DVI DL HDMI DP

$58.00 - Seagate SATAII 500GB 16m Cache(ST3500418AS )

$65.00 - SilverStone 500W Half Modular PSU

$65.00 - Antec Two Hundred Versatile Gaming Case NO PSU

$32.00 - D-Link DWA-110 Wireless G 54Mbps USB Adapter 802.11g

$133.00 - Benq G2020HD 20 inch Wide Glossy Black 5ms D-sub DVI-D

$15.00 - CoolerMaster 12CM Rifle Green Led Case Fan

$20.00 - 2 X CoolerMaster Case Fan 12CM Black

-$903

 

Will this build still work well with 3GB of ram as itll save me a bit of money.

 

Ok so ive already got a IDE LiteOn DVD R/RW drive. Is it worth getting a brand new SATA drive or will this drive be fine. Ill only be using it for CDs, DVDs and maybe a bit of burning.

$37.00 - Pioneer SATA DVR218L 22X DVD Black & Cyberlink

 

 

Is it also worth upgrading my mouse to a gaming mouse. At the moment ive got a basic Microsoft mouse that I bought Half a year ago. This is the mouse i was looking at.

$38.00 - Logitech MX-518 Gaming Grade Mouse

Any suggestions for a better one?

 

Thanks!

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looks ok, I read somehwere that PSU is okish for the price but personally I would go an Antec NSK4480B II for the excellent earthwatts 380psu that is included.

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Ok so ive already got a IDE LiteOn DVD R/RW drive. Is it worth getting a brand new SATA drive or will this drive be fine.

It'll be fine.

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You've really got a raging clue for extra fans, huh?

 

Frankly, I'd sacrifice computing power for the 24" LCD. Drop down to 2GB RAM, get rid of the fans (which are unnecessary anyway), even drop down the CPU or GPU if needs be.

 

A 24" LCD will last you 3+ years and still be good. It's worth the extra ~$70.

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looks ok, I read somehwere that PSU is okish for the price but personally I would go an Antec NSK4480B II for the excellent earthwatts 380psu that is included.

Cool ill definitly get that case and PSU then.

 

Ok so ive already got a IDE LiteOn DVD R/RW drive. Is it worth getting a brand new SATA drive or will this drive be fine.

It'll be fine.

 

Good to hear!

 

You've really got a raging clue for extra fans, huh?

 

Frankly, I'd sacrifice computing power for the 24" LCD. Drop down to 2GB RAM, get rid of the fans (which are unnecessary anyway), even drop down the CPU or GPU if needs be.

 

A 24" LCD will last you 3+ years and still be good. It's worth the extra ~$70.

Ah cool if i dont need those fan ill get rid of them. Ill look into the bigger screen and see wat i can come up with!

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True on the 24" LCD, I got one a couple of years ago for $500, best five hundred bucks I ever spent. It was big then, and it's big now.. only see if you can find a 1900x1200 LCD (if there are any still around).. the 1080p ones are too stretched horizontally in my opinion.

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Ive found a few 24 inch monitors that are cheap and look pretty good.

 

$230.00 - Viewsonic VX2433WM 23.6 inch wide 2ms DVI-D D-Sub HDMI Spk Blk

$226.00 - Benq G2420HD 24inch Wide Full HD 2ms HDMI DVI D-Sub Gloss

$205.00 - Acer X233H 23inch Wide 16:9 Full HD LCD Monitor Black

$236.00 - Acer X243HQ 23.6 Full HD Widescreen LCD 5ms Black

 

I could get cashback on the Acer's if i was to buy it immediately but that's simply not going to happen.

 

Im probably going to go with the 23 inch as its cheaper and shouldn't make much difference (I think).

If its worth getting the extra inch ill go with any of the other 3 which ever ones better.

Is there any other cheap 24 inches that are worth getting or are these even worth getting?

 

EDIT: Also will the Integrated ATI Radeon HD4200 on the MOBO be any good at playing CoD: MW2 at the lowest settings while i get enough cash for the 5770?

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You won't even be on the lowest settings, I play it with some things on medium on an HD3300

 

Just be smart and turn down/off shadows and shit like that, have a look at the gpu tweaking guide thats stickied, If I remember rightly the author did a short break down of the intensive effects/options so you can choose what to lower for the best performance and image

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You won't even be on the lowest settings, I play it with some things on medium on an HD3300

 

Just be smart and turn down/off shadows and shit like that, have a look at the gpu tweaking guide thats stickied, If I remember rightly the author did a short break down of the intensive effects/options so you can choose what to lower for the best performance and image

Sweet ill be able to play CoD! Ill check out the stick ASAP.

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Does reccomend this case?

 

CoolerMaster Centurion 5 RC-T05SSR2 with 460w PSU Silver

 

It looks pretty cool and that PSU should be good enough.

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Does reccomend this case?

 

CoolerMaster Centurion 5 RC-T05SSR2 with 460w PSU Silver

 

It looks pretty cool and that PSU should be good enough.

nope

this is a much much much better psu

Antec NSK6580B w/ 430W EarthWatts $125.00

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Does reccomend this case?

 

CoolerMaster Centurion 5 RC-T05SSR2 with 460w PSU Silver

 

It looks pretty cool and that PSU should be good enough.

nope

this is a much much much better psu

Antec NSK6580B w/ 430W EarthWatts $125.00

 

I was looking at that case before but it doesent say it has a PSU in the title. Looking at the details it does which is awesome. Ill either get this or the one nesquick has reccomended.

Is it worth paying the extra $14 for the 430w PSU?

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some stores sell them without the psu but normally for around $60-80 the ones over $100 should have a psu but it wouldnt hurt to make sure

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some stores sell them without the psu but normally for around $60-80 the ones over $100 should have a psu but it wouldnt hurt to make sure

I assume this means it does:

 

Antec NSK6580 Solution Series ATX MiniTower Black Details:

Product Features:

 

• Quiet and highly efficient 80 PLUS® Certified EarthWatts 430 Watt power supply

• Universal input

• Active PFC and high-efficiency design for superior environmentally-friendly operation

• 80PLUS® Certification means you’ll save money on your power bills

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The version without the PSU is called the NSK6500 or NSK6500B. Notice the lack of an 8. The 8 indicates the 80+% efficiency PSU.

 

As above, the Coolermaster case itself is mediocre, and the PSU is a relatively craptastic.

 

Stick with the NSK6580.

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