Hoping for some help with my hardware choices...

*Yeah, I'm reposting it here. I'm just trying to get as much help as possible. Sorry if it's considered spamming.*

Hey, there, I was hoping that you guys would be willing to share your thoughts on a few pieces of hardware I plan on purchasing for my computer. I've never properly made one before, and it wasn't until now that I seriously thought about investing in a proper inexpensive gaming computer. I'm hoping this thing will be around the $500 range, give or take $100, while still maintaining reasonable enough power to play the games I like. I'm not expecting high-definition, 200 FPS game experiences - I just want to not worry about weather a game will run on my computer or not before purchase, even if the game has to run on the lowest settings; I'm willing to sacrifice a comfortable gaming experience as long as it means I can get a good computer for cheap that could play whatever game I want.

I've been bouncing around forums and with friends. I'm hoping you guys could give me your thoughts on this setup:

CPU/Motherboard: B69-5311 ::MSI H61M-P23 B3 Intel H61 Motherboard and Intel Core i3-2100 3.10 GHz Dual Core Processor Bundle(2.75 lbs)


Optical Drive: O451-1030 OEM ::Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, SATA, Black, OEM(0.68 lbs)


Case: R12-40887 ::Raygo R12-40887 R86 Mid Tower ATX Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 4x Int 5.25", 4x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 2x Front USB Ports, Gray(14.05 lbs)


RAM: C19-6131 ::Crucial BLS4G3D1339DS1S00 Ballistix Desktop Memory Module - 4GB, PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL9, Non-ECC, Unbuffered(0.2 lbs)


PSU: D15-0500 ::DiabloTek PSUL575 UL Series ATX Power Supply - 575W, 140mm Fan, Single +12V Rail(5.1 lbs)


Hard Drive: TSD-500AAKX ::Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB(1.2 lbs)


Video Card: MSI N460GTX-M2D1GD5/OC2 GeForce GTX 460 Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked


Network Adapter: N100-4037 ::Netgear WNA1100-100ENS USB Adapter - Wireless-N, 2.4GHz, 150 Mbps, Recertified (0.25 lbs)


I was just hoping if you guys could tell me if this is any good for my purposes of a decent, working gaming computer or if there needs to be any changes to it, be it non-compatibility issues, better hardware for cheaper costs, or general crappiness. You guys know better and more than I do; that's the reason why I came here in the first place, so I'm hoping you could give me a hand.

Many thanks!
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  1. Hi :)

    With that graphics card..... low to medium gaming ONLY....

    All the best Brett :)
  2. By low to medium, do you mean in terms of settings? Or do you mean that any game I play will probably have low-mid framerate and such?

    If it's the former, I don't mind - I've been playing Killing Floor on my laptop on the lowest settings possible so everything's a giant polygon, but I didn't mind. :) If it's the latter, then that's a problem, and I was wondering if you had a better (yet fairly inexpensive) replacement.

    My thanks.
  3. Just at a quick glance: I would avoid that power supply and a PCI network card would be a better choice over the USB.

    That video card will play many games (excluding the likes of BF3) on high at 1920x1080: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/evga-geforce-gtx-460-ftw-01g-p3-1378-tr-overclocked,2795.html
  4. Yeah, I read up on a few reviews: That PSU sometimes dies, apparently.



    Don't know if this is any better, but at least it's at least 600.

    And yeah, I understand a card would be better. I'm trying to limit my budget right now, so I'll be sure to pick one up in the future. =) That's assuming I have space in my computer to do so.

    ...Unless of course you tell me the thing outright doesn't work. Then yeah, I think I should get a new one.
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