Mid-range gaming system for $700-800 (w/ssd)


BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) $700-800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: internet, photo editing in Photoshop, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, power supply?




OVERCLOCKING: Not now. Maybe later but I'm fine without it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now. Maybe later but I'm fine without it.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Currently running a C2D E6550 with 2GB RAM and Nvidia 8600GT. Current power supply is an Antec Smart Power 500 watt (sp-500). I assume that's enough to power this? Haven't gamed much recently, but looking to get back into it a little bit. Would like to be able to play most current games at decent settings. Would definitely like a SSD, USB 3 and 6GB SATA.

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

MB - ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU - GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

SSD - OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

RAM - unsure - I get overwhelmed looking at all the ram options. What's the main factor I should look for? I see CAS 9 ram rated better than CAS 5.

Currently at $660 without the RAM.
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  1. The general ram option is something like ddr3 1600 with CAS 7.

    There isn't anything on the market that really benefit from 6gb sata, but I would also like a board with it, haha.

    The antec should be okay as long as you don't decide to upgrade any further, I'm no expert so someone here could run the numbers.

    Do you have a HDD from the old system you could plug into the new one? It would be nice to have storage.

    Oh, and stick with the 955. The 965 is a factory overclocked 955, which you could do yourself if you really wanted it. Basically no difference.

    Other than those notes, I see no flaws in your build. Go for it.
  2. I have a hard drive on my list. It's an OCZ SSD. Thanks for the info on the ram. What about voltage? Which should I get?
  3. You have a SSD, not a HDD. I mean get a HDD for room, you have 64gb right now, whereas you can get 500 gb for $56 via a HDD.

    Go with ram with low voltage, I recommended a good ram set in my previous post.
  4. I see what you're saying now. I should've mentioned that extra storage is not a problem. I have two media servers totaling 11TB. I don't store much on my HD in my desktop system. I have a 120GB now and don't use half of that. So I am good on that.
  5. Well that's definitely good. I filled up 50 gb's after two years of owning this laptop, and I filled it backing up 11 gb's of pictures and videos from a friends hard drive.

    With the ram I gave you and that Processor, I say pull the trigger.
  6. Anyone else have any input on the build?
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