Please Help I'm Losing My Sanity

I want to keep it cheap. Is this a good price vs performance balance?

mobo: ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469077

case: Rosewill R230-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147075

ram: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145251

psu: RAIDMAX RX-380K 380W ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152019

gpu: currently own 4650

hdd: currently own 7200 rpm 32mb cache drive

Own everything else, honestly I just want to play SC2 the best I can. I currenlty own a p4 1gb ram set up and its getting real old... but I'm a poor college kid and aints gots no money =( Still in the diamond league though running the lowest settings possible lol, I really love the game and just want to experience it better. Any help at all would be wonderful, but remember this guy = poor.


Total (with shipping) = 240.87 - 15 Rebate = $225.87
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  1. CPU - Athlon II X2 245

    Mobo + CASE - This seems to be slightly better
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.474527

    RAM - Better to spend on other components than on RAM...So go with 2GB stick for now...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146744

    PSU - 11A on the 12V rail?
    Definetly a better one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151085

    So you should still be within budget...and when you get money, add 2GB more...
  2. If you can stretch the budget slightly, getting an Athlon II x3 Rana 440 for $18 more than the x2 would be well worth it in my opinion

    CPU: Rana 440 - $75
    Mobo and Case combo above - $55
    PSU above - $35

    Total: $165

    You could afford 4gb of Mushkin 1600mhz RAM. But personally I would go with gkays suggestion and buy 2gb for now and use the spare money to try to get a more powerful PSU - if you could manage a quality 500W PSu it means in future when you have money you can replace your GPU for anything other than a GTX480 and a 5970 and have enough juice to power it, and that woulod give a great gaming boost.
    2gb plus a 500w PSU, then another 2gb when you can afford it and finally a decent GPU. That way no money is wasted (if you bought a 300W PSU then later got a new GPU you would have to replace the 300W PSU which would mean money wasted)
  3. asteldian said:
    If you can stretch the budget slightly, getting an Athlon II x3 Rana 440 for $18 more than the x2 would be well worth it in my opinion

    CPU: Rana 440 - $75
    Mobo and Case combo above - $55
    PSU above - $35

    Total: $165

    You could afford 4gb of Mushkin 1600mhz RAM. But personally I would go with gkays suggestion and buy 2gb for now and use the spare money to try to get a more powerful PSU - if you could manage a quality 500W PSu it means in future when you have money you can replace your GPU for anything other than a GTX480 and a 5970 and have enough juice to power it, and that woulod give a great gaming boost.
    2gb plus a 500w PSU, then another 2gb when you can afford it and finally a decent GPU. That way no money is wasted (if you bought a 300W PSU then later got a new GPU you would have to replace the 300W PSU which would mean money wasted)



    Well I was told that SC2 is very CPU dependent and to be able to play it on ultra that I would need something like a 5870. I am only going to play SC2 so don't worry about other games. If I was going to get a 5870 I would get a better everything, this build right now is just to hold me over til I can get some real money and patiently wait on sata 6, ssd, and usb 3.0 to become viable. Then I will go with better CPU, GPU, HDD, PSU, Case and cooling for OCing, but for now will that piece of crap PSU hold up and provide enough power? I was told it was enough power for Rana and 4650, 1 HDD, 1 dvd drive. Once again thank you guys so much, I wish I could get a 790x, OC rana 445 to 4.1, and a robust PSU to push a beastly GPU.
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