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    Hey guys, got a buddy that's looking to do a system build for $1000 USD max. He's a gamer on a tight budget and doesn't care about flashy hardware. Something solid that gives great value.

    He needs a list of components to buy and build with his dad. I'm thinking a new Athlon II quad, AM3 mobo, 4GB RAM, 650W PSU? Graphics card is key, something like a GTX 260 probably? Currently games at 1280 rez, may move up later.

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    My first thought when I read this was the NZXT M59 for a chassis. Nice and a little flashy in style, room for a lot of fans, good cable management possibilities, black on the inside, and with a window in the side panel. Also, going for $59 at Newegg, link here, it seems pretty promising.

    The rest of the specifications seem alright, with memory from Corsair of course. Maybe consider a 4770 or even a 5770 from ATI rather than the GTX 260? I've read good things about the 4770, and the numbers look pretty impressive considering it's priced decently. Others may have stronger opinions and experiences with this, though.

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    I decided to tinker a little as well, and came up with one just over $700.
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    Case: NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: $59
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146058

    Motherboard: ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard: $85
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    CPU: AMD Phenom II 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor: $149
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103656

    Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2G 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G: $110
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    Graphics: HIS H477FN512H Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card: $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161300

    Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card: $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102012

    Total: $707

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    If he isn't really looking for anything fancy, I wouldn't spend my money on a PCI sound card, maybe getting some better components. I guess it all depends on where they live and they can calculate the shipping that way.

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    Yeah, that may be true. Without the sound card it drops down to $677, so there's still headroom to get a bigger hard drive, or maybe even another 4770 for a Crossfire setup?

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    The general rule of thumb has been that one really good card is better than two midrange ones. I think if he wants to get a better video card, he could try a 4890 or maybe a GTX 275, I haven't added up the total if it were a 275 instead of a 4890, but his performance would definitely be very good.

    EDIT: If you added a GTX 275 to the list, the subtotal comes out to 857.91$ before taxes and shipping. The PSU is powerful enough and it has the necessary PCIe connectors.
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    The GTX 275 makes more sense than two 4770's, yeah, so I guess it's all up to the end user, whether he wants more hard drive space, better graphics...

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    Well, in the build I made, the user already has a 1TB hard drive and a GTX 275, so I guess it just all depends on if that interests them and if it's under 1000$ with the tax and shipping.

    Skyguy, is there a reason why you weren't thinking about an Intel build? Too expensive?

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    I guess Intel is better overall, but it's more expensive so his budget limits him to AMD...

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    I'm liking that list Lipton, but Kibondo's Spinpoint F3 is probably a better choice for the HDD. And yes, onboard sound would be sufficient.

    Thanks for the input guys, some excellent ideas there, I appreciate the time you spent!

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    Apeman: cool setup but why flash drive there ?? *confused*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
    Apeman: cool setup but why flash drive there ?? *confused*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    I'm liking that list Lipton, but Kibondo's Spinpoint F3 is probably a better choice for the HDD. And yes, onboard sound would be sufficient.

    Thanks for the input guys, some excellent ideas there, I appreciate the time you spent!
    If you like that Spinpoint, I found a 1TB version for 10$ less than the one in my build suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

    I guess it really just all depends on how much storage your buddy wants and needs.

    Apeman: Do you know if there is a big performance gap between the GTX 275 and a Radeon 5850?

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    from what I've read the Radeon 5850 performs marginally better than the GTX 285 , and the 275 is on par with the 4890

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