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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133132&cm_re=VA3000BWA-_-11-133-132-_-Product
Old PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103928

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CPU: AMD AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103699 $88.99

Mobo: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198 $89.99

GPU: ASUS GTS 450 1GIG http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121394 $139.99

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226154 $84.99

CPU Cooler: Cool Master Hyper 212+ http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285551245&sr=8-1 $29.99

Case+PSU Combo: Antec 300 + Antec Earthwatts 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514512 $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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102898
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338

    RAM + PSU -
    GSKillz 4GB DDR3 + Antec EA650 - This can easily handle 2x HD 5770s in Crossfire...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514383
  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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.516537
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    $597.96
  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
    http://hothardware.com/Reviews/AMD-ATI-Radeon-HD-5850-Performance-Review/?page=10
    Here it consumes 319 watts on an overclocked Intel Core i7 965 Extreme + 3 sticks of RAM.
    http://www.techspot.com/review/206-his-radeon-hd-5850/page11.html
  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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.516415 $290.98

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016 $59.99

    Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226154 $84.99

    MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198 $89.99

    CPU Cooler: Cool Master Hyper 212+ http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Maste [...] 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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514455
  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 -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514375
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150462

    RAM - Though the CAS is 7, but the rest of the timings are very loose, get this one instead -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103
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