Cheap *** gamer build.

Ok so Ive recently become a cheap *** gamer... Is this setup going to have any power behind it?! im just looking for a cheap setup that has enough power to atleast run css, hellgate and alan wake, sc2. as those are basically the only games i play or plan on playing. max settings are not that important just a consistent frame rate...( though i like pretty graphics too )

This is sort of what i have now.

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX ( )

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz ( )

GPU: BFG Tech GeForce 7950GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 ( )

Ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ( )

Power Supply: Broadway Com Corp P4-OKIA600-BLACK ATX 600W Power Supply ( )

and this case... ( 08&CatId=32#detailspecs )

comes to around $650

any tips would help. (thanks Aevm in advance!!?!!??!)
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  1. looks nice but for PSU, well i dont know about that brand , but for that price get :
  2. 1. Go with Gigabyte GA-P35-S3L instead, save $43 by doing so.

    2. Put the saved money towards the CPU, get E6750 instead for $205 here:

    3. Save another $20 and get X1950XT, it will wipe the floor with 7950GT:

    4. Get memory with better timings for $6 more:

    5. Invest a little in a better PSU, this one is good for the money:

    Good luck.
  3. pretty much what they all said. The broadway PSU's are on the do not buy list after reviews.

    If you have any questions feel feel to msg me anytime. AIM/Yahoo Maximus9102 :)
  4. Yeah this card is MUCH better:
    Click ME!
  5. Broadway and XClio (except GreatPower) PSUs are on the "Do not buy" tier of the list at This similarly priced 400W FSP should be a lot safer:
    or get this one, 450W FSP currently for $53 after MIR:

    Going by Tom's VGA charts, the X1950XT is slightly faster than the 7950GT (it does not "wipe the floor" with it), but going by reviews it makes a lot more noise and runs hotter.

    This Geil RAM, has 4-4-4-12 timings and is currently $65 after MIR. It also only needs 1.9v.

    Since the GPU is generally more important than the CPU for gaming, you could drop back to an e4400 ( saving another $53, and see if that makes room in your budget for an 8800GTS, like this one:
    ...for $260 after MIR.
  6. Of coarse you could bring overclocking into your plans and cut the cost of your build down severly.
  7. wow dude that such a cheap *** system!
    ok realy... thats most mainstream systems right now

    A cheap *** would be amd 3600, 1GB of ram, 7600GT, 500W PSU, and a $50 amd mobo.

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