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Budget Gaming PC Build Review/Advice

Last response: in Systems
February 6, 2010 12:55:56 PM


Im a long time fan of the site. Ive built my own PCs before but I thought this time I would try for more widespread feedback and advice. Due to life situations the past couple of years I havent been able to upgrade or replace but I now have at least some budget to work with.

For reference this is what Im currently using (Ouch I know its about 4 years old):
Case: RAIDMAX Ninja Silver SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower
PS: 450watts that came with the case
Mobo: BIOSTAR TForce4U-775
CPU: Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield 2.66GHz
Mem: 3 GB PQI TURBO 1GB DDR2 667
GPU: Albatron 7600GT GeForce 7600GT 256MB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar 250GB 7200
Monitor: ViewSonic X Series VX922 19" 2ms LCD
OS: Windows Vista 32bit

Heres what I have so far for the new build:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month, when I get my tax rebate BUDGET RANGE: $625

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (World of Warcraft, RTS/RPG PC games), internet, MS Office, music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Optical drive, keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, monitor (for now)


PARTS PREFERENCES: Trusted brands with budget minded prices


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (For now, I plan on giving my wife this monitor in a few months and replacing with new dual screens)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As I mentioned I plan on replacing the LCD in a few months with new dual screens. I also am trying to give more thought to trying for a quiet PC this time. I also have a copy of Win 7 64bit already to go for this. I have also tried to leave upgrade room in the form of adding more memory, ocing the cpu/vid card/ram in the future, or getting another card and going crossfire.

Case: Antec Three Hundred
PS: BFG Tech GS-550 550W
Mobo: ASRock M3A770DE AMD 770
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz
Mem: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5750 1GB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB

The current price with instant saving on Newegg is 561.89 before shipping which should add around $25. I look forward to your responses. Thanks!

February 6, 2010 1:42:33 PM

this build is better in just about every respect:

final price is 595.93, and it is much better...quad core cpu is better, psu is better, motherboard is much better, ram will actually work (urs was 1.9 volts, so it might be too much) and it has lower latency, the video card is a 5770, which is much better than a 5750, and the hdd is faster cooler quieter and safer.