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July 31, 2013 3:12:33 AM

Hi,

I am contemplating building a new PC from scratch, and I wanted to check my specs:

1)CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 270 Dual-Core 3.4 GHz

2)GPU: 1GB GDDR5 Sapphire Radeon HD 6670

3)Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2

4)RAM: G.Skill SQ DDR3 4 GB (2x2GB)

Can laptop RAM be used in a PC?

5)HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB

6)PSU: Corsair VS450 450W

7)Cabinet: Cooler Master K281

8)Monitor: Dell IN 1930 18.5" 1377x768

9)CD-ROM: An old but reliable one

10)Speakers: Creative SBS 2.1 Speakers


So my questions are:

a) Any bottlenecks over here?
b) Can this rig handle most modern games at mid settings?
c) Any reliability issues with any components?
d) Is the CPU adequate even though it's a bit old?
e) Is this a good deal for <600$ ?
f) Any tips for rig-building?
g)Anything odd in this list?

Thanking you,
AK B

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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
July 31, 2013 3:39:48 AM

No, laptop and desktop RAM are different.

CPU and GPU are both a bit underpowered. You should be able to do more for $600.

You'll probably need a DVD drive.
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July 31, 2013 6:14:20 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
No, laptop and desktop RAM are different.

CPU and GPU are both a bit underpowered. You should be able to do more for $600.

You'll probably need a DVD drive.


1)Oh. Never mind.
2) Not in my country.
3)Oops. Forgot to mention that it was actually a DVD drive.

Thanks,
AK B
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
July 31, 2013 6:26:07 AM

OK.

You might be better off with an AMD A10-6800K and FM2 board, and save the GPU for later.
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August 1, 2013 3:02:18 AM

wait.. my budget is not 600 but 500... goofed up on currency conversion.
NOW is it a value-for-money thing?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2013 3:39:03 AM

Some of the changes according to me :

1. Change the CPU to a quad core AMD Athlon II X4 750K
2. Get a FM2 Motherboard for the quad core Athlon 750K. The MSI A75 MA E35 is a pretty good board for the price.
3. Get at least a AMD 7750. The 6670 would not be able to handle modern games (If possible go for the 7770)
4. Change the PSU to at least a 80 Plus Bronze PSU

If possible, then go for this build. Also in which country do you live and which store are you buying things from? Please answer to this.

Also what is your budget?
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August 1, 2013 3:42:17 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Some of the changes according to me :

1. Change the CPU to a quad core AMD Athlon II X4 750K
2. Get a FM2 Motherboard for the quad core Athlon 750K. The MSI A75 MA E35 is a pretty good board for the price.
3. Get at least a AMD 7750. The 6670 would not be able to handle modern games (If possible go for the 7770)
4. Change the PSU to at least a 80 Plus Bronze PSU

If possible, then go for this build. Also in which country do you live and which store are you buying things from? Please answer to this.

Also what is your budget?


india, flipkart.com, 30,000 INR or roughly 550$
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2013 6:37:10 AM

This is a much better build for just a little more. But the added cost is in the monitor. I mean for gaming you should never get anything less than a 1600x900 resolution monitor that is why I overspent a bit on the Monitor. But you should not get a bad monitor as it is not something that you replace everyday. The Intel Chip is much powerful than the AMD one. Also the 7750 is much more powerful than the 6670. So this is a very good build for the price.

CPU: Intel G2010 Processor (₹3498 @ Flipkart)
Motherboard: ASRock H71M-DGS (₹3510 @ Flipkart)
RAM: G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 4 GB (₹2250 @ Flipkart)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB (₹3504 @ Flipkart)
Video Card: PowerColor HD 7750 1 GB GDDR5 (₹6955 @ Flipkart)
Case: Antec NSK 4480B (₹1500 @ TheITDepot)
Power Supply: Seasonic SS400BT PSU (₹2625 @ Flipkart)
Optical Drive: LiteOn DVD Burner (₹1000 @ Flipkart)
Monitor: Dell IN2030M 20 inch (₹6619 @ Flipkart)

Total: ₹31461

I hope this helps.
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August 2, 2013 4:34:47 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
This is a much better build for just a little more.
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I hope this helps.


Thank you very much, Sangeet. I think I'll go with this config.
Question: Why is the G2010 better than the Athlon even though the Athlon is 3.4GHz and the Intel 2.8GHz? Both are dual-cores.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2013 4:37:23 AM

Architectures. IB is much more effective per clock cycle.
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August 2, 2013 4:38:39 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
OK.

You might be better off with an AMD A10-6800K and FM2 board, and save the GPU for later.


Even better - Crossfire with the A10-6800k. Just make sure your ram is at least 1600 or higher and have at least 8 gigs since the APU's GPU is largely dependent on the RAM
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2013 8:19:55 AM

AK B said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
This is a much better build for just a little more.
.........................
I hope this helps.


Thank you very much, Sangeet. I think I'll go with this config.
Question: Why is the G2010 better than the Athlon even though the Athlon is 3.4GHz and the Intel 2.8GHz? Both are dual-cores.


The clock speeds do not matter much nowadays. The Ivy Bridge architecture in the Intel chip is much more effective and effecient in performing tasks, so even with a lower clock speed, the Intel chip is better than the AMD one. The clock speeds only matter when you are comparing two CPU's with similar architecture, but the comparision between two chips of different architecture is not relevant.

Here are some benchmarks between the AMD Athlon and the Intel Pentium CPU





I hope this helps.
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