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Thoughts on this Gaming build (< $600, OS included)

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July 27, 2010 8:10:36 PM

I'm putting together something cheap for my wife so that she can game with me from time to time. It will mainly be used to play stuff like Day of Defeat: Source, TF2, and EVE. I doubt she will be playing anything cutting edge.

You guys helped me build my current rig back in December and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one.


a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2010 8:21:43 PM

Even with playing non-cutting edge games, i'd say that graphics card is underpowered for most games. The build is mostly fine for the types of games you mentioned but i think the main issue is the graphics card.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2010 8:39:15 PM

Why are you doing DDR2 when you don't already have RAM to use? It's not really any cheaper anymore.

And yeah, the graphics card is a bit weak. At least go for a 5570.
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July 27, 2010 8:43:54 PM

Thanks, I'm looking into the graphics cards.

My reasoning for the DDR2 was that the MOBOs I was finding were a good bit cheaper for it and it was my understanding that the performance hit wouldn't be that significant for the types of games I mentioned. I'll take a look at the DDR3 boards, maybe I can find a better Combo Deal if I look more.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2010 9:16:16 PM

Yeah, that's what I'd try. That case was also kind of expensive as well, so I'm sure you could even beat your original price with DDR2 mobos. I'd also suggest either used mobos or RAM from ebay. I've never had a problem and you can find it for half off. If you wanna try for the mobo, just make sure it can support the CPU you want it too before bidding.
July 27, 2010 10:46:25 PM

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LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
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OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
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Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864BA1067
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AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX
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MSI N250GTS TwinFrozr 1G OC GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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-$20.00 Instant
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$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
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Subtotal: $617.91
July 27, 2010 10:46:51 PM

that includes $60 in rebates so after rebates total is $557.91
July 27, 2010 11:11:57 PM

Thanks for the suggestion!

Would 2GB DDR3 be superior to 4GB DDR2? Or is it the ability to upgrade later that you like?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2010 11:55:03 PM

I'd personally prefer having 4 GB for win7. I'd go with a DDR2 mobo and ebay RAM personally.
July 28, 2010 3:52:11 AM

I say you shell out the little extra for your wife and go with patriots build and find a good deal on 4gb of ram. Im sure you can get it all done with it being under 600 after rebates, plus the future proof usb 3 / sata 6 and upgradability will be worth the few extra dollars.

Think of how happy your wife will be!!!
a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2010 4:46:12 AM

If you do consider that build don't get that graphics card. It's waaaay too expensive for just a GTS 250. I'd get a HD 4850 instead for $100 for that performance, and it should do the trick nicely.
July 28, 2010 2:19:24 PM

Thanks for the advice, all. After taking some suggestions and fiddling some more, this is what I'm looking at.

After rebates, it's at $614. The only sacrifices I think I'm making are in the mobo, which is good but not great, and the case, but the case actually gets nice reviews for its price.

Unless someone can point out a big mistake I'll probably order this today or tomorrow.

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2010 4:14:27 PM

The 5770 is what alot of people get for their main rigs. You could step down to the HD 4850 that I mentioned and probably still get better than you intended for performance. But that's a just sayin'. Cause that build is pretty good. Most people don't need any more than a 770-chipset, one graphics card is plenty.

You may wanna step down to the 3.0 gigahertz chip and look for a similar combo though, since the price difference when last I looked was like at least $20, and that's nothing as a performance difference.
July 28, 2010 6:46:12 PM

You're right, I could have gone $18 cheaper on a combo with a 3.0ghz. Instead I'm going to go $19 more expensive and get the 3.0ghz with a board that has usb3 and sata6. :) 

Thanks for your help, everyone.
July 28, 2010 6:47:34 PM

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