Gaming computer on a budget. Thoughts?


BUDGET RANGE: 600-700 after rebates but before tax/shipping Canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, snipping ebay auctions, music listening

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,



PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking for future proofing (so based on my readings AMD and ATI). Edit: Friend is now insisting on Intel over AMD (see post 4)


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (but doubtful)

What I am looking at is:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana Seems to offer good potential, and hopefully can unlock a 4th core

MOBO: MSI 870A has USB 3 and appears to support good range of CPU's and RAM

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) only choose this because it was the first recommended one, and looks cheap for how much it comes with

Graphics: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5750 choosen for DX11

CASE + PSU: RAIDMAX SMILODON Mid Tower With 500W Power Supply Choose because it looked pretty cheap. Figure 500W should be enough. Heard case is heavy (made of steel), but stays really cool and is quiet.

HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 1TB only picked because cheap

WIRELESS: Rosewill RNX-N1 Wireless N usb wireless adapter. Would prefer a PCI card, but couldn't find one that had a cable extension. I don't want a PCI card that only has an antenna on the back, because the desktop will probably be under a desk and close to a wall. At least having front usb can have the wireless usb adapter on the front of the case.

OPTIC: ASUS Was cheap.

total = $654
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  2. Not much to add other than to support gkays suggestion of the 5770, if you want a gaming build you at least want a 5770
  3. so my friend is insisting now on intel over AMD (showed the latest gaming cpu article, but he doesn't trust AMD).

    Thoughts on swapping the CPU and mobo to

    Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 - still have usb 3 and esata. Looks pretty good

    I3-540 - seems to be as strong as the AMD and not too much more expensive. Would like to go higher but this is already stretching the budget unless I drop something else
  4. ^ Well if you really wants to stick with Intel, then get the i3 530 instead of the i3 540...
    As you will be overclocking, spend the additional amount on the cooler...even this will overclock high as will perform as good...
  5. One more bump before ordering.
  6. ^ List the final build again...
  7. CPU = Intel Core i3-530
    Mobo = Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3
    HDD = HITACHI Deskstar 1TB don't see the Samsung being a better deal than 1 of these
    optical = asus
    networking = Rosewill RNX-N1 still iffy on usb wirless cards, but seems the best option
    case = Rosewill CHALLENGER cheers for the case suggestion, looks really nice.
    psu = OCZ Fatal1ty 550w
    RAM = A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    graphics = SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5750 trying to fit in a 5770

    total = 704 before tax/shipping so a tad over right now.
  8. ^ The Samsung HDD is faster and there are so many positive reviews about that drive in the web...but its your call though...

    As for the RAM, check this - CAD $2 cheaper and better...

    If you count in Mail-In-Rebates, then this is a good option

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