Looking for budget gaming configuration. This be good stuff?

I've been tasked to build a PC specifically intended for gaming. But I'm not really a gamer... The PC should be able to run games at highest settings comfortably for at least a year.

I've tried to include updatability. I'm using ATI cards for this AMD set-up. But is crossfire as flexible as SLI? Meaning can I just put in any ATI card in a year and will it work in crossfire or will I have to use a similar card?

The budget should be about € 700 (about $ 977) but must include a legal Windows version (not my call) so that's only € 600 ($ 877). Feel free to use $. Tho note that I of course can't do rebates and such.

I use newegg links for your convenience but I will be getting the parts elsewhere.

Thanks in advance.

ASRock 890GX Extreme3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157188&Tpk=ASRock%20890GX%20Extreme3

AMD Athlon II X3 445 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872&Tpk=AMD%20Athlon%20II%20X3%20445

Sapphire HD5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858&cm_re=Sapphire_HD5770-_-14-102-858-_-Product

Corsair 4 GB DDR3-1600 Kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260&cm_re=Corsair_4_GB_DDR3-1600-_-20-145-260-_-Product

Samsung HD502HJ 500 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=Samsung%20HD502HJ%20500%20GB

Antec BP550Plus 550 Watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016&Tpk=Antec%20BP550Plus

Antec Three Hundred http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_three_hundred_black_steel_atx_mid_tower-_-11-129-042-_-Product

Samsung SH-S223C http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192&Tpk=Samsung%20SH-S223C

This is about € 690, including OS.

Any comments? Will this suffice?
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  1. Too mobo heavy/GPU lite for the green - BP series Antec is also not 80+ certified IIRC

    Off Ebuyer UK @ 457 pounds




    Upgrade to the next bang for buck single GPU solution later down the road

    On second thoughts
    Quote:
    But I'm not really a gamer... The PC should be able to run games at highest settings comfortably for at least a year.


    Hit an IGP based mobo and when u do want to game your $$ could get ya better/more frames/efficient tech
  2. Do you have some sites we can work with?
  3. I agree with mosox.
    If you are using neweggs price as references for european market, than you are way lost.
    Things are way more expensive in europe than in US, especially than newegg.

    Hmmm...
    Where do you come from?

    For Germany :
    www.alternate.de
    www.kmelektronik.de
    www.atelco.de
    www.arlt.com
    www.mindfactory.de

    (Note) Most of the time :
    Basically if you found USD300 in newegg, you will find also at least €300 in europe (or even more expensive).
    The USD977 to €700 conversion is mostly only in your dream, at least it is so in Germany.
  4. Example
    neweggs X3 445 = about USD75
    kmelektroniks = about €80
    see what I mean?
  5. www.alternate.de will do just fine. I'm buying it at alternate.be
  6. BTW, I'm thinking of getting an EVGA GTX 460 in stead of the 5770. Only issue is the expandability later on. I mean, SLI won't work on this mobo and the site I'm using doesn't offer acceptable SLI capable motherboards.
  7. SLI is not possible on AMD boards. single cards work just fine.
  8. There are some AM3 motherboards which support SLI. But either they're not available to me or they're not good enough.
  9. the only ons are the 750a and 980a which are both really just am2+ boards with DDR3
  10. For now I got this, I'll look into it more tomorrow (cheaper case/PSU)

    Asrock 870 Extreme3
    Athlon II X4 640
    Samsung spinpont F3 500GB
    Sony AD-5260S-0B DVD writer
    Corsair 4G DDR3 1333
    Antec 300
    Corsair 450VX
    Asus EAH5770 CuCore

    € 614,38 on alternate.be (Netherlands)
  11. mosox said:
    For now I got this, I'll look into it more tomorrow (cheaper case/PSU)

    Asrock 870 Extreme3
    Athlon II X4 640
    Samsung spinpont F3 500GB
    Sony AD-5260S-0B DVD writer
    Corsair 4G DDR3 1333
    Antec 300
    Corsair 450VX
    Asus EAH5770 CuCore

    € 614,38 on alternate.be (Netherlands)


    Any reason for the rise in CPU from X3 445 to X4 640? I was under the impression the X3 445 could pretty much play any modern game.
  12. If have decided to go with mosox built, I wanna comment something about that :
    1. The fourth core could be activated in X3, but no guarantee the unlocking will be succeeded, but if you get directly a X4, then you will have 4 cores with guarantee.

    2. Corsair 450VX has only 1PCIe power cable, this will be difficult if you wanna replace your GPU even with a single HD5830 or GTX460, which requires 2 PCIe cables. Please reconsider this.
    I have replaced my 450VX with 750HX because I wanted to replace my HD3850 with a HD5850 (a second HD5850 is coming next year along with new proc, mobo and RAM).

    3. AsRock is a price/performance monster but it is on my second Tier of mobos, if you can still afford it, ASUS, Gigabyte, or MSI is better.

    The rest is OK.

    Prices are somehow a bit lower in Netherlands than here in Germany.
  13. In a few days new cards are showing up, can you wait, the prices for the current video cards should drop.

    Found some other site:

    ASRock 870 Extreme3
    http://azerty.nl/8-1126-277361/asrock-870-extreme3-moederbo.html
    AMD Athlon II X3 445
    http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/1184/277391/processor-1-x-amd-athlon-ii-x3-445-3-1-ghz-socket-am3-l2-1-5-mb-box.html
    Kingston ValueRAM - Geheugen - 4 GB : 2 x 2 GB - DIMM 240-pins - DDR3 - 1333 MHz
    http://azerty.nl/8-749-80156/kingston-valueram-geheugen-.html
    Samsung SpinPoint F3
    http://azerty.nl/8-857-232977/samsung-spinpoint-f3-desktop-c.html
    Sony Optiarc AD-5260S
    http://azerty.nl/8-862-286252/sony-optiarc-ad-5260s-schijf.html
    OCZ Fatal1ty - Voeding ( intern ) - ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V - 550 Watt
    http://azerty.nl/8-1073-204333/ocz-fatal1ty-voeding-inter.html
    Cooler Master Elite 335
    http://azerty.nl/8-1044-92113/cooler-master-elite-335-midt.html
    ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5
    http://azerty.nl/8-970-266900/asus-eah5850-directcu-2dis-1gd.html

    603,95

    LE I see the site is down for now.
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