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PC Build Request $700

By PantzMaster
Jun 21, 2009
  1. I am looking for a gaming rig that can run Crisis and Empie:Total War on high graphics settings with no lag. The only periphrial I have is a monitor, so I need a mouse, keyboard, and speakers. Also sorry if this is the wrong section as I am new here.
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    So you are going to build it and order online and are in the US?
    If you have a cd/dvd drive, or one from a neighborhood store, go ahead, look for brands like pioneer, my favorite :). I estimate $25 - 30, anymore and your probably being ripped off.

    AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $102

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $59
    OR
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM or even higher, if you need. $64

    OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G10664GK - Retail $48

    ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $78

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail $99

    SAPPHIRE 100269OCSR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - OC edition - Retail $199

    You can go and choose from a list of cases on newegg, I will recommend the Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window - Retail at $99.

    There is a rough build, we can cut some corners for a few extra dollars on higher end phericals if you want. Do you have an OS ready?

    EDIT: WORK IN PROGRESS, I AM SAVING THIS AS I GO.
     
  3. PantzMaster

    PantzMaster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. I am in the US and I want to order the PC from online. And why did you only link a CPU, hard drive, and RAM.
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Edit: Work in progress, i am saving this as i go.
    Done.
     
  5. PantzMaster

    PantzMaster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thanks. I am still open for other builds as I want a variety of opinions.
     
  6. PantzMaster

    PantzMaster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh and you forgot vista wich will cost another $100.

    And you forgot an optical drive.
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Newegg is out of stock of pioneer drives, those are the only brand drives I know that are reliable at the moment, maybe someone smarter than myself can help.

    Do you know which harddrive and case you will go with?

    In that case, maybe consider:
    OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G8004GK - Retail $42

    SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $99
    OR
    POWERCOLOR AX4870 512MD5 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $125
    OR
    XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $150.
     
  8. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    The phenon II X2 isn't bad but I'd go for the Phenom II triple core. (most applications that can use multiple cores top off preformance wise at 3 cores so the forth core is somewhat unnecessary unless you do alot of multi tasking.
    Penom II X3 720 $119
    I would reccomend a full ATX board for more upgradeibility.
    GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P $109
    or if you want DDR3
    GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P $130
    Memory
    OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $49 (If you get the DDR2 board)
    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $71 (if you get the DDR3 board
    Video
    HIS Hightech H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB $190
    HDD:
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB $70(If you need more space it won't add much to the price. I'd pick the black over the SE16 since the black has double the cache)
    Optical:

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW $27
    (With Lightscribe)
    Case: (any case with good airflow that you like and fits your components will work Here's a reccomendation)
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 $50
    (if you want a window it is avalible with one for an extra $10)
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 with window $60
    Powersupply:
    PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W $110
    or
    Antec EA750 750W $110

    Alittle over but close $724 for the DDR2 config and no window, $776 with DDR3 and a window you can save a little (about $75)by going with a 4870 instead of a 4890
    POWERCOLOR AX4870 $125

    A keyboard and mouse can be what ever you want and will range from $10 for a verry basic set and over $100 for top of the line gameing periferals generally a decent set will run $30-50 with wireless devices costing a little more.
     
  9. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    I wouldn't buy vista now; windows 7 is only a few months away so I would run RC1 untill the final release.
     
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    The phenom II 720 black edition at $120 is my favorite processor. It does ask for socket AM3 though, makes it even sexier when your budget is somewhere near $800 ^^.
     
  11. PantzMaster

    PantzMaster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    He suggested the Phenom II X2......

    In any case, I think I will stick with your build. I will post this on a few more forums asking for advice and I will pm you with a finalized version. Thanks for the help everyone.

    P.S.: I think I will use the Windows 7 RC1.
     
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Try this alternative build:
    Grand Total = $650 approximately, not counting rebates. I would recommend buying a few case fans from your local computer store for the case. Too much cooling is never a bad thing IMO.
     
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    I think the 710 is AM3, and the motherboard isn't.
     
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    AM3 CPUs are backwards compatible with AM2+ motherboards. Check the CPU Support list here for confirmation.
     
  15. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    Sorry typo


    And

    for Rage 3k's motherboard reccomendation it will work but I wouldn't go with it. first off it is an older board with a slower southbridge and it may limit future upgradeability, the motherboard/cpu is the last place you want to skimp since it tends to be dificult to upgrade later(especially once you get a full version of windows). As for 710 vs. 720 that's just a matter of how fast you want, how much you want to spend, and weather anyone has a good deal on either one. If your budget is tight the best place to cut costs is the video card (once you go much below the $100 range preformance declines quickly) since it as an easy upgrade in the future.
     
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