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Budget Gaming Build ~$500

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Essentio+Desktop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor/9699016.p?id=1218152460479&skuId=9699016I went through and picked out the following, do you guys see any problems with it?

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MOBO: BIOSTAR MCP6P3 AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 / nForce 430 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS

Case: Antec TWO HUNDRED S Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

All of this for $515.92 + shipping


My other option is going to Best Buy and buying this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Essentio+Desktop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor/9699016.p?id=1218152460479&skuId=9699016


If I did the build, I imagine I would need a CPU cooler, and thermal paste... Anything else I would need?
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  1. I wouldn't get your hopes up about playing games on that PC. What games are you trying to play?
  2. Nothing very new. If I could play Starcraft II on it when it comes out, that would suffice. Any suggestions for making it better without increasing the price too much?
  3. The problem is onboard graphics are just not up to handling games on a decent monitor. The old 1024x768 CRTs only needed about about 1/3rd as much graphics card power as new 1920x1080 widescreen LCDs. For any significant level of graphics detail when gaming you need to budget $100-200 for a graphics card.
  4. Here's a trial build that includes a 9800GT graphic card, operating system etc. $537 and all with free shipping.

    Case/motherboard combo - $70 - Rosewill case 120mm fan/Biostar AM3 785G.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.391172

    Graphic/power supply - $130 - BFG 9800GT/ OCZ 600w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.389789

    CPU - $75 - AthlonII x3 440 3.0GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843

    RAM - $95 - 2x2 GB DDR3 1333 Geil
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144266

    HD - $55 - Seagate 500GB 7200.12
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    CD burner - $22 - Liteon SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    OS - $100- Windows7 premium 64 bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    $538 not including a $25 rebate or a $6 promo code for the HD, all free shipping

    The motherboard comes with 2 SATA cables for the HD and burner, the CPU includes a heatsink/fan and enough thermal paste to install it.
  5. I like that. The reason I asked here is because you guys are a lot more knowledgeable than I am, and it shows here. I do have a CD burner that still works, so that's $22 from that build. I've also got an Antec Earthwatts 350 PSU that is fairly new, could I use that instead? My monitor is a Samsung something or other with 1600 x 900 res, and I'd like to be able to use it all.

    Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate the help and advice.
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    The Antec Earthwatts 380w is a good power supply and would be fine for this build.

    This might be an option a 240GT combo deal with the CPU.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.388240

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-240,2475-7.html

    or a GTS250 with no combo deal ($85 after rebate.)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127495
  7. The graphics card primarily determines if a power supply will work.

    A 380W PSU should handle a 240 OK, but a 250 should really have a 450W PSU.

    For a 9600GSO it will be fine, but for a 9800GT will be close (400W recommended).
  8. How upgradeable is that mobo? Will I be able to stick a better video card in it later if I wanted to?
  9. Yes you will be able to upgrade a video card at a later date, provided that your power supply can support it.

    It's my opinion that the 55nm GTS250 would be fine with the 380w Antec Earthwatts power supply. Check this article out by Xbit Labs about how much power a system actually uses.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cases/display/system-wattage.html

    The closest to the OP system uses a E8600 and a HD4850, both more power intensive. 189 watts at full load (furmark and prime'95 running)

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cases/display/system-wattage_6.html#sect0
  10. Power supplies loose capacity with use and as they age. If you are close to capacity when its new, it can start causing flakey problems and ultimately failing a year or two down the road. I think its foolish to recommend someone to buy a new PSU where its a possibility have such a problem.
  11. Thanks guys. Ordered the parts Friday, hope to have it in hand by Tuesday or so. I went with the 240 GT, it will allow me to do what I need it to now, and I can upgrade the psu and video card later. Appreciate all the help.
  12. Best answer selected by teancumtbh.
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