Gaming PC / Graphic Design ~$600

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4weeks

Budget Range: Less than $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphic Design (Adobe Suite), Video Editing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, HDD, Monitor, CD ROM

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Basic Build, Don't need fancy lights or anything special.

I have a 430 watt Trupower 2.0 (about 4 years old) that I can use to save money, but am unsure if it will suffice with todays technology (currently running an FX-55 with 6800 Ultra). Similarly, I have a Thermal Take Tsunami Case that can be recycled too if it will cut back and be effecient enough (will replace the two 120mm fans)

Old Case:
Old PSU:


CPU: AMD AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition $88.99

Mobo: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 $89.99

GPU: ASUS GTS 450 1GIG $139.99

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $84.99

CPU Cooler: Cool Master Hyper 212+ $29.99

Case+PSU Combo: Antec 300 + Antec Earthwatts 750 $129.94

$563.89 Before Shipping (+$15.15) and Rebates (-$5).
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  1. not bad at all there.

    Seagate 7200.12 1TB hard drives are on sale at newegg for only $59.99 this month.

    you probly don't need the 750, The combo with the 520W psu is $10 cheaper, with the 380W, its around $90.
  2. ^^ If the case is in good shape, then I would suggest you reuse the case and with the money saved, get a better graphic card, but you would need a newer PSU though...

    Here is a config -

    CPU, Mobo - Same

    Graphic card - Go with ATI as the mobo supports Crossfire, also just for the same price - actually less(if including rebates,) you get HD 5770 which is far more powerful than the GTS 450

    RAM + PSU -
    GSKillz 4GB DDR3 + Antec EA650 - This can easily handle 2x HD 5770s in Crossfire...
  3. 31A on the 12V rail, good enough

    LE click three times to the right

    ASRock 870 EXTREME3
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 + XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB

  4. ^
    - Its not an 80+
    - No PFC
    - 4 years old
    For me these reasons are enough to buy a new PSU...
    Rest are good though...
  5. He can run his rig on that PSU until he gets a nice one capable of powering a CF setup. I see no reason to buy a lesser CPU and video card just because the PSU is older or doesn't have a slightly better efficiency.
  6. mosox: 4 year old psu likely no longer meets the amperage. its OLD now. that's why to change it
  7. I took that into account but whatever. The system will consume some 300W on load.

    Here it consumes 281W on a Core i7 965/3 sticks of RAM
    Here it consumes 319 watts on an overclocked Intel Core i7 965 Extreme + 3 sticks of RAM.
  8. Based on what you all are saying, buying a psu SHOULD be done sooner rather than later. With that said, dropping the case and adding a couple 120mm fans plus upgrading a bit on the video card and CPU could be worth while.

    CPU: X4 955 + GPU 5770 $290.98

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 $59.99

    Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $84.99

    MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 $89.99

    CPU Cooler: Cool Master Hyper 212+ [...] 245&sr=8-1 $29.99

    Case Fans: (2) Antec 761345-75120-9 120mm Case Fan $9.99ea. $19.98

    Total: 575.92 Before Rebates: -$40 and shipping: +$10.63
  9. looks ok, if you are reusing your hard drives too.

    otherwise about $30 more gets you the same PSU and a 500 GB HD for $89.99
  10. ^^ That PSU wont suffice for the 2x HD 5770s, also that HD 5770 that you have chosen has an older revision cooler, so better to get a different one...Some different combos -

    RAM - Though the CAS is 7, but the rest of the timings are very loose, get this one instead -
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