Solved New mid-range gaming build Tags: New Build Systems Last response: July 31, 2010 10:06 AM in Systems Share Fortunex July 27, 2010 8:50:18 PM APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next couple of weeks BUDGET RANGE: Preferably under $800 after tax (12%) SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, maybe some casual video editing PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Just need the tower, and I already have a hard drive and DVD drive. PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada PARTS PREFERENCES: None OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Been out of the loop for a while, so I don't trust myself to get the best bang for my buck. This is what I've got so far, can you improve it? AMD Athlon II X3 440 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.0GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=50791 Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 AMD770 ATX AM3 DDR3 1PCI-E 4PCI RAID HD Sound GBLAN SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47584 G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42745&promoid=10... EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Fermi 675MHZ 768MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DX11 Video Card http://ncix.com/products/?sku=54474&vpn=768-P3-1360-TR&... Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26414&promoid=10... Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&promoid=10... Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45271&promoid=10... TOTAL: $759.79 ($850.97 after tax) More about : mid range gaming build danman12 July 27, 2010 9:12:23 PM well, here is my input: ditch the gtx 460 and save $50 for a radeon 5770, which is almost the same performance-wise. if you will be doing a lot of gaming, you need a higher watt psu, around 750w, as well as an after-market cooler for the cpu (corsair master hyper 212-$30). other than that, it looks pretty good Best solution davcon July 27, 2010 9:27:55 PM The start of a good build. MOBO- a better board not much more money http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/221126/ASUS/M4A79XTD_... CPU http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360BD1367&v... RAM-CL7=faster http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=50209&vpn=CMX4GX... http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46501&vpn=F3%2D1... http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42744&vpn=F3-106... HSF-CM Hyper 212+ $22 http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/218427/RR-B10-212P-GP... OS-Win 7 64 Pre $99 http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... I wouldn't change anything else they are all very good choices. As you know just pricematch it. Related resources Building a New Mid-Range Gaming PC - Forum Adequate power supply for new mid-range build - Forum New Mid-range Gaming Build . - Forum Building new rig.. Gaming mid-range . - Forum Would this build be a respectable mid-range gaming desktop? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Fortunex July 27, 2010 9:46:02 PM Alright, thanks Davcon. What are your guys' opinions on the Athlon 440 vs i3 530 (and their respective platforms)? The i3 platform is $30-$40 more, but overclocks better and is better stock in many games, from what I've seen. davcon July 27, 2010 10:08:40 PM I don't think you'll see much of a difference and plus the Rana has more cores thus it multitasks better. Found a cheaper 440 http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/227078/AMD/ADX440WFGI... You also have a 50/50 chance of unlocking a 4th core=quad core buzznut July 28, 2010 2:54:29 AM Actually, I'm pretty certain the 650W could handle two GTX470's in sli: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-sli... I agree that the X3 will give better bang for buck overall. danman12 July 28, 2010 3:43:28 AM you're right, the 650w should do it. Fortunex July 31, 2010 10:06:07 AM Best answer selected by Fortunex. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumWhat is the best laptop with Win7 and can do mid-range gaming ? ForumNew mid-range gaming build ForumBuilding a Midrange gaming computer, need advice. ForumHelp w/ First Build - Mid-Range General-use PC (no gaming /video) ForumSanity check for new build ; mid-range gaming PC ForumNew Midrange Gaming /Computing Machine- Need Advising ForumMid-range upgradeable PC build ForumNew Midrange build , please critique! ForumIs this a good mid-range PC build ? ForumFirst Gaming Build ( Mid-Range ForumNew mid-range build ...comments appreciated ForumMid-Range Gaming Build Help ForumMid-range Gaming Build ForumNew Build, any good? ForumGaming Rig Suggestions using How To ask stickie More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !