Budget Gaming Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 11/27/2010

BUDGET RANGE: no more than $450

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming: WoW; Heroes of Newerth; Dota 2, net browsing/typical use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (intending to install XP, will upgrade it to 64bit Win7 at a later date) keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker system

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, at least 4 gigs ram

OVERCLOCKING: Little to no skills at OC so, no.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050


Here's what I've put together so far. Any advice is welcome!

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128451

HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

APEVIA X-Infinity ATXB6KLW-BK/420 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply *
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144076

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX255OCGQBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103844

Thank you in advance!

* Forgot about case! Will 430 watt be enough? :\
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  1. Combos are your best frens on Egg and hit an 80+ PSU ^^

    $439AR
  2. Thanks for the feedback, batuchka! The psu and case + dvd rom is a definite improvement over my build.

    Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I do not fully understand the triple core over dual core, nor the 460 GTX over my 5770. Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks again!
  3. 1. X3 the wiser choice over spread of current and incoming gaming titles
    The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2738-16.html
    Quote:
    Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

    The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.


    2. The GTX 460 is a better GPU than the HD 5770
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