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Try this one out and see what you like.

 

Case

 

Mobo

 

CPU

 

GPU

 

PSU

 

Ram

 

HDD can be the one you picked out, or you could wait a few more days so that I can be a member for 90 days and you can buy my 250 GB WD blue sata III drive for 60 shipped.

 

The case is definitely not the prettiest case ever and certainly not as cheap as the one Kingfisher found, but it is a much better case. I had my rig in that case previously, and I can tell you that the airflow was insane. I populated all but 1 fan socket, and I was literally able to cool my drinks inside the case. It is by far the best bang for the buck case I have ever encountered.

 

The mobo/CPU combo is better than what Kingfisher has recommended. The mobo can run crossfire because of its 2 PCI ports, and it is made by a more trust worthy company. The CPU runs faster than the i3 and you can actually overclock it to run even faster, which is something the i3 and the H67 platform absolutley can NOT do.

 

The video card is intended to run in crossfire with the CPU's onboard GPU to give you cheap decent performance. Not to mention that the GPU is cheap enough where if you friend needs a cheap boost, he can easily buy another one for crossfire. This means that instead of spending 130 bucks on a single GPU and having to throw that card away or sell it to upgrade (since the intel motherboard would force you to do that) you can just spend another 100 or below dollars for an easy upgrade. Not to mention that I have read (sometimes what I read can be wrong, so don't quote me) that two 6670s in crossfire should beat out a 6870.

 

The PSU is a corsair power supply, and I got really lucky finding this thing with such a good rebate on it. In theory with this PSU you can cheap out on it without sacrificing quality.

 

The reason I chose the ram I did was because G skill stuff is all binned crap these days. Yes it works, and yes it is cheaper, but I would spend the extra 2 bucks and go with some quality RAM.

 

The HDD I already explained, and really and HDD is an HDD is an HDD at that price point.

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This is a nice rig and it influenced my choices in my next time around.

This is what i have now.

Case $20

HD $50

GPU $140

PSU $28

RAM $20

MB $40

CPU $125

Total- $423

 

As i was trying to cut back on money and i succeeded in doing so i took a look at your post then started spending money again so now I'm at 4$ more than the start when i was at 20$ less. Let me know what you think now.(no longer applies)

 

Also the PSU is the only place i can find to keep this rig as cheap as it is so their is a very low chance i will be changing it.

The one I built for you is a decent gaming pc as you requested. The 6870 I chose is a little better but 6850 is fine. I wouldn't skimp on a power supply and honestly the one I picked is a heck of a deal. Even so, good lck with your build for your friend. He can always upgrade the cpu later. May he enjoy many hours of happy gaming. :)

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ok so in regards to the NZXT gamma chasis everyone is including if you would look at my sig you will see that is the case i am currently using as well as having every fan slot used(grand total of 8) so i am well aware of how could the case is but as money is a problem with this build the case is going to have to fall last in priority.

 

Now to address the PSU, Again i am well aware that you never skimp on the PSU as i wasn't truly skimping on the PSU and actually took the time to read the reviews and go to the manufacturers website to look at it before adding it in the cart. So the only reason you all looked at it and said skimping was because of the very low price and because you had never heard of the manufacturer which shows just how much you have been influenced by the mass media and big name companies( a true shame). But now everything in the build looks good to me except the PSU which the only reasons i am backtracking on it is because of all of you even though i have seen the make model and manufacturers page as well as read the reviews to see that even if its not the best PSU it is a very capable one. But even though this will effectively bring me over the 450$ mark and I will have to consolidate with my friend over it the new PSU i have selected is definitely better

PSU $40

 

now in regards to the previous post his old HDD is completely full which is why i am adding a new one to the build, and the only reason we are keeping his old one is due to the OS being on it.

 

So here is the build

 

Case $20

HD $50

PSU $40

GPU $140

RAM $20

MB $40

CPU $125

Total-$435

Shipping-$21

Grand-$456

 

Let me know what you think but this is pretty much finalized. Also thanks to everyone for helping even though i didn't go with any ones build exactly they influenced what i picked.

 

P.S. as it seems no one looked at the last post on the first page my friend will not being doing the mail in rebates he is paying for this rig out of pocket and so he doesn't have the money to do the mail in rebates.

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Just because some of us dont agree with skimping on a power supply doesn't really mean anything. From my own experience and money I don't skimp. It's not my money so feel free to buy the cheapest PSU you like :)

Mass media doesn't influence me, hard core builders like Paul and others do. :)

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Personally, if you can add a little more to the budget, the one TJJ226_Angel suggested works just fine. Though, with the HDD, it would probably cost you more than $510 or so. Still, with that kind of rig, you wouldn't have to worry much about the PSU since it's not as power hungry as compared to the i3 plus the 6850. Performance wise, you'd have a better CPU and a rig that can and should play games in high settings at 1366x768 resolution.

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Since you are asking about the PSU, I will chime in my two cents.

In terms of the PSU, many enthusiasts from different forums such as [H], Anandtech, Jonnyguru, and so on hold Raidmax in low regards. I haven't personally used/reviewed the PSU, but I would go with a more reputable brand like Corsair, or Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling. You could get a similar wattage PSU from Corsair for $10 less after MIR from Newegg. As for reading reviews, I hope you do not mean you read the reviews by Newegg users. Because as El_Capitan and other enthusiasts from this forum and other forums can attest, 90% of Newegg reviewers don't know what they are talking about. Those reviews can offer a glimpse of whether or not to even consider the item, but I wouldn't give it too much weight when making my final decision.

Corsair 500W PSU

 

As others have indicated, it is not wise to purchase a HDD at this time as you will be overpaying. As most people have blank disks at hand, what I would do is tell your friend to burn some of his data onto some blanks. Hell! If he doesn't have blanks then tell him to put some of that data onto the cloud temporarily, until the HDD prices come down.

 

And here are a few cheaper HD 6850 from more reliable brands:

XFX HD 6850 - $129.99 after MIR.

 

Sapphire HD 6850 - Use promo code EMCNJJN45 to bring the price down to $119.99 after MIR.

 

If you put some more time shopping around I am sure you will find better prices for parts than what you have selected.

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now in regards to the previous post his old HDD is completely full which is why i am adding a new one to the build, and the only reason we are keeping his old one is due to the OS being on it.

 

I hope you know that os is probably going to be of no use to you once you change the cpu and mb.

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That PSU he had first chose was rated @ 585W, but the 12V rail only had 18A which is way too little for a system with parts were suggesting.

 

My advice, tell your friend to stop being broke and invest more. If he wants a gaming machine with some quality parts, he's gonna need to dish out, plain as that. facepalm.gif

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That PSU he had first chose was rated @ 585W, but the 12V rail only had 18A which is way too little for a system with parts were suggesting.

 

My advice, tell your friend to stop being broke and invest more. If he wants a gaming machine with some quality parts, he's gonna need to dish out, plain as that. facepalm.gif

 

 

Thats why I wait till I get my tax return. There is no way I could save up for a computer on our income. By time I had the money to buy what I wanted I would have to research it all, all over again.

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Personally, if you can add a little more to the budget, the one TJJ226_Angel suggested works just fine. Though, with the HDD, it would probably cost you more than $510 or so. Still, with that kind of rig, you wouldn't have to worry much about the PSU since it's not as power hungry as compared to the i3 plus the 6850. Performance wise, you'd have a better CPU and a rig that can and should play games in high settings at 1366x768 resolution.

 

The rebates bring it down to 450 too.

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