Building a cheap AMD gaming rig need help with some parts

By klepto12
Dec 29, 2008
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  1. OK so im building a cheap AMD gaming rig for my wife to play WoW on and some other games but i will use it to.

    So far i have this

    CPU-AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ -$74.99
    Case-NZXT TEMPEST - $99.99 with $30 rebate.
    Video card-EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB-$124.99 with $15 rebate

    i have a 600Watt ultra PSU that i will be reusing from a previous build i just wanted a good solid MB and Ram so i can O.C a bit. I want to stay as close to $500 as possible. also a good HSF for the CPU. also any suggestions on the parts i have already picked out will be great thnx.
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    The Ultra is not dependable over time... It has wide swings in output under stress.
    Look at the EVGA and MSI boards, and Zalman cooler for dependable quality parts at low cost.
  3. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Motherboard - $79.99
    RAM - $39.99
    PSU -$69.99
    Hard Drive $59.99
    Plus the X2 7750 you chose ($74.99) and the 9800GT ($124.99)

    Total comes to $449.94 before tax. Leaves a bit for buying a case... don't know about shipping though. It's hard to fit a $500 budget.
  4. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    Case Far better than the case/PSU you've picked.

    RAM I've owned G.Skill.. It's...umm...adequate and that's about it.

    Motherboard Currently using this unit in some of our better AMD builds, and so far it's awesome.

    Hard drive Stay away from Caviar SE drives. They're garbage.

    $334.99 after rebates, plus $200 for your other parts. You're a tad over, but it's a far superior build than anything else mentioned so far.

    Using this board will save you $20 and it's a great board.
  5. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,364   +9

    thnx for the replies guys i am sticking with the ultra PSU that has been going strong in an sli rig for a year and i like the case that i picked alot better. also forgot to mention i had a 500g samsung HD brand new and i have the dvd burners.Also the ultra PSU i bought was sli certified and cost like $120.99 so i think it will do fine.
  6. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    Okies :) If it's working fine, no sense replacing it until it breaks.
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    The HD 4830 is a better card compared to the 9800GT.

    And for the amount you're spending, you can go Intel.
  8. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,364   +9

  9. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,364   +9

    everything i have read says that the 9800gt and 4830 are pretty close in comparison and im a Nvidia fan dont much care for ati cards have had horrible driver experiences with Ati.
  10. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    MSI video card, nah. G.Skill.. Nah. Other than that, yeah, looks good so far. :)
  11. Drowsiness

    Drowsiness Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Great choice on the PSU. :)
     
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,364   +9

    whats wrong with g.skill they have a very good rating and better timmings than alot of the ram i have seen. Also i built my friend a comp and he is running the same kit in his comp with no problems at all. any suggestions on what ram then? i really like the price to.
  13. Drowsiness

    Drowsiness Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Nothing at all wrong with G.Skill... well, except for their lower end priced stuff. If you want quality low-end memory, go with something from Corsair or Mushkin, imo.

    Other opinions will vary, of course.
  14. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,364   +9

  15. adweston

    adweston Banned Posts: 333

    Better card AND better RAM. Much better.
  16. Drowsiness

    Drowsiness Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Agreed.
  17. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,364   +9

    ok well guess i will go with good old Evga like always :grinthumb and grab that crucial ram. so does anyone see anything i should address before i make the final decision.
  18. Drowsiness

    Drowsiness Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    What is the total you are spending so far with your updated choices?

    Because, honestly, I still agree with the PSU being an issue. Even if it HAS run your rig for a long time, that doesn't mean it will not freak out on your new hardware because of unreliable voltages/amps.
  19. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,364   +9

    the new total is $503.95 but i have $45 in rebates. Also i don't have the extra cash for a new PSU but i think the one i have is very good haven't had 1 problem out of it at all and it was running a amd FX60. 2 7900GTXs in Sli. 2 500g hard drives and 2 dvd burners with about 5 case fans.
  20. Drowsiness

    Drowsiness Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Well, it's settled then. You have a new machine to order and build!

    Get to it! ;)
  21. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,364   +9

    woot thnx for all the help guys.:)
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