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Old 03-16-2013, 06:35 PM   #21
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Well, my buddy (who has a lot more experience with building PCs, not that I'm bad at it; I am a Comp Sci student ) suggested this:

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Then, he said he'd give me a mid-size case, a keyboard, and an optical drive. I was like, "I could buy all that. Are you sure you want to give it to me?" He goes, "Yeah, keep it."

So, basically, I'm looking at about ~$270 for all the stuff in the spoiler.


Now, granted, I won't be able to purchase this for a couple of months. But even so...that's pretty damn sweet for that price. And I can always upgrade stuff as I go along, which is the beauty of a desktop.

Generally good choices....but the Phenom series has no GPU built in whatsoever.


Integrated graphics processing is a pretty recent development - traditionally you get a very basic GPU in your motherboard's chipset. Even the new CPUs with integrated graphics have been very very crappy until recently - the A10 is pretty much the only one I'd bother with, and it's still not a patch on real dedicated graphics.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:41 PM   #22
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Generally good choices....but the Phenom series has no GPU built in whatsoever.

Er...am I wrong in thinking it has a decent integrated graphics chip? If so, what would you recommend for playing games on medium settings?
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Er...am I wrong in thinking it has a decent integrated graphics chip? If so, what would you recommend?

Sorry, edited my comment above.
Don't forget you can buy used, previous-generation graphics cards pretty cheap. I got a GTX260 for 30 a while ago, not a bad card at all.
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Sorry, edited my comment above.
Don't forget you can buy used, previous-generation graphics cards pretty cheap. I got a GTX260 for 30 a while ago, not a bad card at all.

Ah, cool. Thanks!

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Can't find that specific card. Would this work?

Cause that would bump me up to about $350.
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Ah, cool. Thanks!

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Can't find that specific card. Would this work?

Cause that would bump me up to about $350.

Absolutely. The ATI 7750 is pretty much on par with it, go with whichever's cheaper really.


Like I said....if budget is tight, go with the AMD A10 processor and you won't need to worry about a graphics card.
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Motherboard (Edited, didn't realize the case was a bigger size):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16813157304
$76.99
CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16819115078
$119.99
GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814202012
$139.99
DVD Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16827151244
$19.99
PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16817256061
$54.99

Total: $411.95 excl. shipping

That should give you the best bang for your buck (I excluded stuff you mentioned). You could replace the CPU with an i5 3570k and overclock it if you need more power (The standard cooler that comes with it could do 4.0GHz comfortably).

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For making music, avoid the AMD A series processors. The value in those is the building GPU. As a processor, it is far inferior to what you have now. If your PC is struggling with more than one track, there is something wrong with your PC. The sandy bridge i3s are great processors.
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