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August 24, 2010 5:39:10 AM

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?Ite...

case: Rosewill R230-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

psu: RAIDMAX RX-380K 380W ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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August 24, 2010 6:24:38 AM

CPU - Athlon II X2 245

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

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=N82E168...

PSU - 11A on the 12V rail?
Definetly a better one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So you should still be within budget...and when you get money, add 2GB more...
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August 24, 2010 12:18:07 PM

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)
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August 24, 2010 12:34:32 PM

heres an idea


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August 24, 2010 2:46:34 PM

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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