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May 27, 2010 5:07:34 PM

Hi, I'm getting a new pc for gaming and would like your opinion please.

Budget +- $450 for the main components.

MB ($110) - MSI H55-P31 - LGA 1156 4xDDR3-1333 6xSATAII 6CH Audio Gigabit LAN MicroATX Motherboard PIMS-H55M-P31
CPU ($157) - Intel lga1156 i3 530 built-in 733mhz GPU Dual core 2.93ghz Processor FRCP-i11i3D530
RAM ($76) - Corsair VS2GB1333D3 2Gb/2048mb ddr3-1333 Desktop Memory Module FRME-C2G3V13C9
GPU ($130) - Sapphire HD5570 1080p HDMi ready DirectX 11 support Eyefinity 1Gb 128bit 4 channel DDR3 Graphics Card

I can get the i3 540 for an extra $25, but I'm already pushing my budget. :ange: 

I was also looking at a AMD build but figured the i3 will be better?

MD ($84) - Asus M4N68T-M socket AM3 2xDDR3-1800 4xSATA on-board 256mb vga all-in-one Micro ATX Motherboard
CPU ($100) - Amd Athlon II x3 435 Socket AM3 Backward Compatible 95w Triple-core 2.9Ghz Processor FRCP-AAT435

The pricing is not very accurate because I'm converting from ZAR.

Any advise will be appreciated


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May 27, 2010 5:44:41 PM

agree with psychoo..

if ur budget is under 700$ it has to be a AMD
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May 27, 2010 8:49:28 PM

Here's what I see in your build:
A decent CPU that would get the job done for sure.
Not enough RAM for some games but good enough for most, especially since you are on a budget.
A crappy video card that is worse than my card. My card is 3 years old and wasn't the best even then. You will not be gaming on this. If you need to save more money by sacrificing other parts in order to get at least a radeon 4670 (or 5670 if you want DX11) then sacrifice your CPU. Go with the cheapest Athlon II x2 you can find. It will get the job done. Of course, I also have to ask the resolution of your monitor. That makes a difference too.
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May 28, 2010 7:09:29 AM

ok so I'm swapping out the i3 for amd and upgrading the gpu to
Club 3D Radeon HD 5770 1GB - 256-bit, 850MHz Clock, 1024MB 128-bit GDDR5 Memory 4800MHz, 800 Stream Processing Units, 400MHz RAMDAC, Dual DL-DVI, HDMI, Display Port 2 Year Warranty
will a a standard OEM 400w psu be able to handle it?
May 28, 2010 7:22:38 AM

nvm, 450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended
May 28, 2010 7:25:29 AM

thanks for the help guys
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May 28, 2010 12:48:40 PM

quagmires said:
nvm, 450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended

Yeah. If you don't want to spend more money on a new power supply, the best video card that needs nothing more than the power the PCI-e slot provides is the Radeon 5670. It performs better than the radeon 4670.