Building a budget PC for a friend, can anyone offer input/rate this setup?

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  1. BobBarkersSoup

    BobBarkersSoup New Member

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    So I'm trying to build a setup for my friend for around $550. It's pretty much just for gaming and not even high end gaming either, but I don't want to do a ghetto build either. Here's what I'm looking at with a quick setup so far:

    CASE: Rosewill R5717-P SL 120mm Fan Pre-Installed on the Top and 80mm Slim Fan Cooling HDD,ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $34.99 ($20 discount)

    MOBO: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $61.99 (I'm not familiar/confident with this brand, reviews show it being decent, and it's cheap, any thoughts?)

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX - Retail $102

    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (with LEDs) Model BL25664TR1608 - Retail $57.99 (I know a lot of people will say omgomg 4gb of RAM or bust, but I don't think he really needs that at all, and it's easy enough to buy another one of these sticks and pop it in after a couple weeks to bring it to 4gb anyway)

    PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $64.99

    HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99 (IBnoWDnocare. Same HD I have and it's a champ :dunno:)

    CD/DVD: LITE-ON 22X DVD Writer Black IDE Model iHAP422-98 LightScribe Support - Retail $30.99

    KEYBOARD: Logitech 967740-0403 Black USB Standard Internet 350 USB Keyboard - OEM $10

    After shipping and tax it's at $480 right now, but it still needs a video card. Something for $70 would be perfect, but it can go a little over, any suggestions? I'd like to go with Nvidia since I have -always- had bad experiences with ATI, but it's been awhile and if people think ATI is the way to go, so be it.
     
  2. SeeVinceRun

    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    I think the Athlon II X4 outperforms the Phenom II X2 in just about every real world application, and any multicore synthetic. Oh, and its 99 bucks.

    Edit- in multi-core apps, its faster than a Q8200.
     
  3. eideteker

    eideteker Who jarked off in my frakkin' coffee? OT Supporter

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    I don't see an operating system in there...
     
  4. Fase

    Fase Your Face, In A Pickle Jar.

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    If it was me, I'd be going Core 2 Duo or Quad Core. But then again, I'm partial to Intel.
     

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