Im about to purchase this budget build (right around $600) Ive done a fair amount of research and am fairly close to making this purchase. I would like ANY insight and/or suggestions you have with the parts I am considering.
My main intentions for this computer are gaming, especially for starcraft 2 (the reason im building this) if you wondering why the Radeon HD 4870, is because Ive recently read that it came back into circulation after not being in stock for awhile and performs, or even out performs the HD 5770 for a cheaper price.
I hope my thumbnail image is working, if not Ill figure it out. Thanks!
from what i can see, everything looks fine but very soon you will want to look into upgrading that graphics card cuz games will get more demanding of visual power especially if you wanna play them on high setting which is the obvious.
Btw, is that at AMD Processor?
It looks like you've got a 440 Rana in there, but it's really hard to make out most of the rest of the system. The 440 is an excellent base for a budget gaming system, but without more info, it's difficult to tell if you're spending money on unnecessary stuff elsewhere.
Also the reason for the HD 4870 is because I heard it was just as (and in some cases even more impressive) impressive as the 5770 but cheaper. The only other card Ive considered is the Giga overclocked 5770 but thats like $170
So wait, is your budget $600-800, or something else?
In general, the build looks pretty good. The power supply choice looks good, especially since you're not planning to CrossFire. You might consider an 800-series mobo, for USB 3.0/SATA 6.0 Gb/s support. Something like this ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 for $100.
If your budget is a little bit higher, I'd still consider getting a 5770 and a CrossFire capable PSU & mobo.
No, I think the this ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 is a pretty good option, it's just that it wouldn't be able to CrossFire, as it only has 1 PCI-E x16 slot. If you're not interested in that (and there's nothing wrong with not being interested in CrossFire), then it's a solid choice.
The primary advantage to the 800 series is native USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0 GB/s support. USB 3.0 devices are already on the market, I expect that they'll be mainstream within a couple of years. Many of the 800 series motherboards support the new X6 processors without a BIOS update, though that's pretty minor, all things given.
Whether or not that's worth the extra expense in stepping up to the 800 series is something only you can really decide. The 870 models are the mainstream boards that you probably want to be looking at, if for some reason you're not interested in that specific ASUS board.
Again, it's not critical that you get the M4A87TD board, but it's something I would do if I were building my own new computer, just to be able to use the new standards when they hit mainstream in a year or two.
Well could you briefly explain what usb 3.0 and sata 6.0 are? I have no idea..thanks
They're just the new standards for USB and SATA. Both provide substantial increases in throughput. The SATA throughput issue is less significant, in my opinion, because there aren't really drives that can saturate the current standard. Of course, I imagine this will eventually change, but it's not an issue for the system you're thinking about.