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Looking to build a mid-range gaming PC on a budget

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March 9, 2010 4:06:07 AM

Ok so this is my first time building my own computer and I need some advice. I have been researching around the internet and have come up with these parts. I wanted to post it here before buying to make sure that everything is at least a decent product and especially that it will all work together. If you have some suggestions for better parts please keep in mind they need to be within like $30 of the current one unless you really feel it needs to be better. I just need a decent PC that can play games on medium settings. Also if you see anything that is missing like wires or fans or something else that I may need to buy in addition to this stuff then please let me know. Thanks in advance for any help! Without further adieu here is the build!

Processor:
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor Model ADX440WFGIBOX

Motherboard:
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Video Card:
POWERCOLOR AX4850 1GBD3-PH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Power Supply:
Old:COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
New:CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM

Hard Drive:
Old:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
New:Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD Drive:
SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

Case:
COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
March 9, 2010 4:32:37 AM

Wow yeah that looks like a much better deal thanks :) 
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March 9, 2010 4:59:59 AM

Id personally stay away from raidmax. The CM version you had before is better imo.
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March 9, 2010 5:01:52 AM

Darn was hoping to save some cash there but ill take your word for it :) 
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March 9, 2010 5:03:31 AM

Yeah the one place you really want to spend the extra money for a PC is in the PSU. better safe then sorry imo.
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March 9, 2010 5:10:56 AM

Truhls said:
Yeah the one place you really want to spend the extra money for a PC is in the PSU. better safe then sorry imo.


+1, couldn't agree more.

tbh, id recomend you spring for a corsair PSU instead of coolermaster. ive had a bad expereince recently with a CM PSU needing to be replaced, when it should have been capable in a system.

seems like a good build though, very good balance of parts.

EDIT: lol, seems this one is actually cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a better PSU, and probably capable of supplying more watts than the CM one. definitely a better choice.
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March 9, 2010 5:22:57 AM

Wow yeah reading about the corsair it seems they are the best out there! I updated the post with that as well as adding RAM which I forgot to do. Let me know if the Crucial was a good pick.
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March 9, 2010 5:28:37 AM

yeah, corsair is probably the best PSU brand you can get. therte are some better PSUs, but corsair only make good PSUs. where other companies seem to have some good and some bad.

the ram is a good pick, im not sure about US pricing, but id look for the g.skill ripjaws stuff, its the best out there right now in the mid range budget.

EDIT: thats triple channel ram you've got there though. you wan't dual channel (two sticks)

like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 9, 2010 5:35:34 AM

Cool that RAM certainly seems to have plenty of good reviews and is decently priced :) 
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March 9, 2010 10:37:40 AM

$480AR so $584AR with OS ^^
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March 16, 2010 3:41:30 AM

Best answer selected by fishboy1111.
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