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Super-Budget Light Gaming PC under $400? (Needs Help)

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June 24, 2010 5:13:22 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: < $400 and as close to $300 before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Gaming (light-ish Valve products), Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: KB/M, Monitor, OS, HDD
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, wherever, etc.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to go AMD CPU with a Radeon GPU if possible (price/performance)
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but I doubt it with the mobo restrictions my wallet shall create.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900, I believe? (it's an LG w2061tq-pf)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd love to prepare for the fancy future (crossfire, eyefinity, etc.) but I doubt th budget can afford it.

Here's what I've got so far:

CPU/ MOBO:
Athlon II x3 435
MSI 760GM-E51
$100 as Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.429004

GPU:
Biostar HD 4670
$63
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141114

MEM:
GSkill 4GB (2x2gb) DDR3 1333
$95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190

CASE / PSU:
Xclio Godspeed Two
Xclio 500w Goodpower
$75 as a Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.419397

Additional Information on these choices:

I chose the triple-core thanks not only to the $40 discount with the MSI mobo, but the performance benchmarks over Athlon II dual-cores at such a slight increase in price.
I chose the 4670 mostly because I don't think I can afford to add a 5670 or higher right now. Besides, the 4670 doesn't bench too badly at PassMark...
I chose the Xclio set, due to some moderately favorable reviews of the PSU, and the case has loads of fans built-in already.

My only regrets are the lack of awesome in the GPU, almost zero expansion capability in the mobo, and a 'good' rather than 'great' PSU.

Your feedback would be MUCH appreciated, folks!
June 24, 2010 6:41:17 PM

The 4670 Isnt that bad. I have a 4650 and I can play Call of duty 4
with a 2.0GHZ E2180 At Medium Graphics and get AVG 35+ FPS.

as for the rest of your build that is probably the best you are going to get for $400.
Why not wait a while and save up some more money and increase your budget and get some better parts
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June 25, 2010 7:49:36 AM

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June 25, 2010 1:38:31 PM

Wait, why the 4gb of RAM for photoshop?
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July 28, 2010 8:47:20 PM

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