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November 8, 2009 1:48:59 PM

So, yeah. Like the title says, its a light gaming pc. I am pretty sure everything else that I will be doing is below gaming, so as long as it's good enough for light gaming I am happy.

PS: this is my first complete build, and while I consider myself rather tech saavy, I am worried about incompatibilities. If you notice any, please say something. All imput is welcome and appreciated.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: December BUDGET RANGE: This build is already within budget, just trying to reduce the costs a bit more. I am a bit of a cheap person lol.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Light gaming, surfing internet including youtube and hd videos on youtube, some general video editing for fun, homework, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need absolutely everything besides the OS. I will most likely be using a 64-bit version of Windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada (the price difference is nearly non-existent now, in case you need to know)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer an AMD cpu and ATI gpu, just because they have the best performance/price ratio.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but not right away and not extreme SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Doesn't matter too much to me. The monitor I have chosen is at 1900 x 1200 but it's not written in stone

I realize that my choice in case isn't the cheapest, but that case looks absolutely amazing and I am willing to spend the extra 30 bucks to get that one instead of a cheaper one.


Here's what I have chosen so far:


AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

GIGABYTE GV-R485MC-1GI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

PSU: ***I am particularly concerned about this PSU, because I know it's a bad idea to go cheap on a PSU but the comments and reviews for this one are pretty good. ***
Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-SB 450W ATX V2.2 Power Supply

Cooler Master HAF 922

DVD/CD Burner:
Just a normal, good 30 dollar burner

ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out


Thanks in advance for your help I really appreciate it. ANY tips or advice at all are welcome.

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November 8, 2009 2:03:48 PM

Why such a horribly overpriced case for a PC at this modest budget? Get a cheaper one. A good idea would be to get the Antec Sonata III. A quality case with a built-in 500w Antec earthwatts PSU. That solves your PSU problem as well. It's very silent as well.

Why get a 640GB HDD? These use 320GB platters, resulting in poor performance. Try to get a 500GB or a 1TB model (the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a great performer at a modest cost, comes in both sizes).

You could get a better GPU. Try to put in a 4870, it's not that much more expensive.
November 8, 2009 2:12:02 PM


There are more than a couple reasons why I want that case. While I am trying to cut costs, I still don't want to save money by getting something I don't want. The HAF 922 case's style is almost built for me. Everything in that case seems perfect, except for the price obviously. Also, I want a good large case that will bring me through a few builds. Unfourtunately that decision still leaves me with the PSU problem.

I think I will get a 500 GB drive. Like you said, it has better performance. Also, if I ever need more space I'll just get another one, that way I'll have a backup one if one of them fails.

The problem with choosing a gpu for me is the selection. There are only about 4 4870 gpu's offered at the canadian version of newegg. I will keep looking around though. The last thing I want to do is get a gpu that just is just barely too weak for my uses.

Thanks for the advice.
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November 8, 2009 2:16:20 PM

This is a corsair PSU for only $5 more than you selected. It's only 400w, but it should do.

Are you really sure about the case? If you want it, go ahead, but do consider the benefits of saving somewhat on the case and spending it elsewhere.
November 8, 2009 3:17:47 PM

It sure is.
November 8, 2009 6:09:56 PM

Are you sure a PSU of only 400w is good enough for a 4850 and possible a 4870?