Is this budget computer build compatible?


Junior Member
Jun 15, 2008
1. Are all these parts compatible with each other?
2. Can this game play battlefield 2? At what settings would it play smoothly?

All this can be found on Newegg, my grand total was $480 minus $20 Video card mail in rebate, so $460(shipping in price). So is this good, and worth the money, remember $500 limit. Thanks!

GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply with 20+4 pin connector - Retail

ASUS EN8500GT TOP/HTP/256M GeForce 8500 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
ASUS top overclock technology at 600MHz

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM (Possibly will get 2 of them)

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3 English for System Builders 1 Pack CD - OEM

Thanks in advance.


Jun 2, 2005
I think you can find a 2600XT or an HD 3650 for about the same price, and I believe they both generally outperform the 8500GT.

The PSU that comes with that case is as cheaply made as you can find. Reliability is iffy so probably no overclocking or upgrading till you replace it with something decent. That case doesn't come with a fan, so don't forget that. Waiting for a sale on something like the Antec cases with a 380 power supply would be a lot better, and worth the extra money.

Sign up for Neweggs email, and check the Hot Deals section for sales.


Diamond Member
Oct 6, 2007
What exactly are you doing with the machine? It could be just fine or it could be a waste of $500.


Senior member
Feb 16, 2007
I would get the Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard not the GA-MA74GM-S2H .

The GA-MA74GM-S2H has 2 memory sockets, uses the older 690G chipset with a SB700, supports up to DDR2 800, and is AM2 not AM2+

The GA-MA78GM-S2H has 4 memory sockets, uses the new 780G chipset, supports up to DDR2 1066, and is AM2+.

If and when the TDP of the phenoms comes down then they will work in the GA-MA74GM-S2H motherboard, but the run with HT1 not HT3 and max memory speed of DDR2 800. This will impact on performance.

With the GA-MA78GM-S2H the phenoms will run with HT3 and can use DDR2 1066 memory.

I would not use any AM2/AM2+ CPU with a TDP of over 100W on these motherboards unless you have made sure the VRM section has plenty of cooling.