A cheap gaming PC.

I just wanted to see if this build is decent for the price, also was just wondering if I should change anything (Ex: PSU)

I'm going to be using Windows 7 RC until I actually buy an OS or Windows 7 comes out.

SeaSonic SS-500ET 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151069

COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119115

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128372

XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150361

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206

OCZ Blade Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227420

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171

or
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
(Since the Samsung is out of stock...)

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145215

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

Total: $667.91

Also, I was hoping to play Crysis on high settings, or something like that.
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  1. What's your planned display? The 260 is decent for playing Crysis at 1680 x 1050 on relatively high (not max) settings.

    I'd recommend CORSAIR as a brand for your PSU, but if there's nothing bad online about SeaSonic, why not?

    Lastly, will you be using Windows 7 64-bit? That's the only way to maximize your 4GB of RAM.
  2. Looks like a very good build. Seasonic are very good psus. They actually make the internals for many Corsair psus.
    I'd get this hard drive instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
    It's a faster drive and a little bigger.
  3. Seasonic is the company that makes Corsair PSU's, they are excellent.

    If you want to get the best gaming performance for your money, here is my suggestion: Change the MB to the Asus P5Q Pro and change the graphics cards to two HD 4770's in crossfire, it maybe a little more expensive than that GTX 260, but not much maybe $20 and will blow it away in gaming performance. Get two different brands that have a rebate so they are $90 each, like that one I linked above and this one. All 4770's are the reference design right now, so there is no difference between brands besides customer service and warranty stuff.
  4. If you go that route however, you might want to change the PSU to a 550w-600w PSU just for efficiency and PSU lifespan's sake.
  5. I suggest also looking at a quad core if you want this build to serve well into the future 2-3 years. GTA4, Supreme Commander, Mass Effect, Bioshock, I think MS FlightSim. Photo editing software and encoding software (copying movies) etc.
  6. xthekidx said:
    Seasonic is the company that makes Corsair PSU's


    Except for the ones that CWT makes. ;)
  7. xthekidx said:
    If you go that route however, you might want to change the PSU to a 550w-600w PSU just for efficiency and PSU lifespan's sake.


    2 HD4770s only use ~100W.
  8. Hey animal did you see we got your thead stickied? :P

    Yeah you are right, I forgot how easy the 4770 really was on power, I was thinking of how its close in performance to the 4850...brain fart. That Seasonic would work fine.
  9. xthekidx said:
    Hey animal did you see we got your thead stickied? :P


    Yeah, about time! :)
  10. CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX $99.99 ($69.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate ) Free Shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
  11. Yeah, I kind of forgot to mention...this is a budget build lol, that's why I haven't chosen the best parts.
    I'm really pushing it b/c when it all comes down with shipping and handling it's around $680.
    xP.
    Buying two video cards would be a little excessive for me...

    I was thinking the resolution would be: 1280x1024, but I'm trying to get a bigger monitor.
  12. If you want to play crysis on highest settings, your best option is going with 2x4770 if you will get a bigger monitor.
  13. Yeah, but that's almost another $50. High settings isn't too bad anyway...
    But how about the rest of the parts?
  14. The GPU's cost $12 more after rebate, the MB costs $5 more after a rebate, and you get +30% FPS in games.

    The rest of the build looks fine, but I would prefer WD to Hitachi drives.
  15. Lol, okay I'll think about it...no offense, but I don't really trust rebates..hehe.
  16. Yeah rebates are kinda hit and miss, its a $10 and $15 rebate...I have about a 50% successs rate with rebates, so maybe add $15 to that for a conservative estimate of how much more it will cost you. Still definitely worth it IMO.
  17. If possible, you should buy an E8400 instead of the E7200. The E8400 has a 200MHz higher clock speed and 2x the L2 cache, and (I know this from overclocking a few of my computers) is one of the easiest to overclock processor.
  18. Just for the record, will that power supply be enough for the GTX 260?
    And I'm looking into the E8400 xP
  19. spazatack said:
    Just for the record, will that power supply be enough for the GTX 260?
    And I'm looking into the E8400 xP


    GTX260 uses a bit over 100W.
  20. I read an article the other day about a $500 PC that can run crysis at 40 FPS. If your interested go here - http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_500_pc_play_crysis_40fps?page=0%2C0
  21. baskinghobo said:
    I read an article the other day about a $500 PC that can run crysis at 40 FPS. If your interested go here - http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_500_pc_play_crysis_40fps?page=0%2C0
    Any article that suggests pairing a 4870 with a 500w Rosewill PSU is garbage.
  22. Is his build mainly for gaming?

    if it is then drop the E7400 and P45 motherboard for a Biostar 790GX AM2+ motherboard and a 7750 BE with a Titan fenrir or V8 etc.

    It will do just as well in games and save you a bit of money, might get an extra two cores aswell if your lucky.
  23. I don't think the 7750 BE has unlockable cores... I am pretty sure that is only available on the newer Phenom's by mistake in the ACC programming.
  24. Well a few people managed to get the two cores unlocked.

    the first one which hit the headlines came out with ACC and was 3ghz with 4 cores and in cpu-z said the phenom FX 7750, another one did the same thing but it was 2.7ghz with 4 cores and said amd engineering sample.
  25. huh cool thats the first I have heard about it. It must be very rare though.
  26. yeah in the same comments section I think 8 people tried it and 1 succeeded, a couple of the others were trying out different BIOS'es to see if that made a difference.

    but yeah, a quad core for £50 :)
  27. xthekidx said:
    Any article that suggests pairing a 4870 with a 500w Rosewill PSU is garbage.

    Why?
  28. Because the 4870 is one of the most power hungry GPU's on the market, and Rosewill PSU's are just about the worst PSU's on the market. A 500w PSU from a reputable company would be on the limit of acceptable, a 500w unit from a fifth tier company is not even close. I would never use a rosewill PSU if it could be helped, but if I had to I would only trust it to run integrated graphics at the most, no overclocking of the CPU. Rosewill PSU's blow up, and having a powerhungry GPU sucking power from it just makes that more likely. The PSU is one of the most important components in a system, you should never go cheap on a PSU.
  29. ^
    agree..
    Never go cheap on PSU.
    and get WD HDD. they are reliable.
  30. xthekidx said:
    Because the 4870 is one of the most power hungry GPU's on the market, and Rosewill PSU's are just about the worst PSU's on the market. A 500w PSU from a reputable company would be on the limit of acceptable, a 500w unit from a fifth tier company is not even close. I would never use a rosewill PSU if it could be helped, but if I had to I would only trust it to run integrated graphics at the most, no overclocking of the CPU. Rosewill PSU's blow up, and having a powerhungry GPU sucking power from it just makes that more likely. The PSU is one of the most important components in a system, you should never go cheap on a PSU.

    Heh, oh. That settles that.
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