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New Budget Gaming PC Build

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January 19, 2011 4:57:12 AM

Hi everyone! I hope I am posting this in the right section as I would value the opinion of gaming / computer enthusiasts. I'm working with a very limited budget and have put together the following PC configuration to meet those requirements.

This seems like a great deal for the equipment. Could anyone give me some feedback to this build?

Case: NZXT GAMA-001BK ATX Mid-Tower
Power Supply: NZXT HALE90-650-M 650w
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 LGA1156
Processor: Intel i5-760 2.8Ghz BX80605I5760
Heatsink & Fan: Thermaltake SpinQ CL-P0466
RAM: Mushkin 996586 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333
Video: MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000528AS 1TB SATA 3Gb/s
Optical: Lite-On DVD-ROM iHDS118-04 18x
Monitor: ASUS VH236H 23" LCD

I'm not looking for bragging rights with the above rig however, this PC should be able to run games very well. I'm hoping to be able to run games such as Diablo 3 and Rift with as best video settings as possible without compromising significant performance.

I plan to use the on-board audio and LAN in an effort to shave off a few more dollars. I was able to find these parts for roughly $915. Any thoughts as to this build? All feedback is greatly appreciated since I have been out of the "scene" in quite some time.


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January 19, 2011 8:43:32 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish
January 19, 2011 9:26:30 AM

^^ From where will you be buying the parts ? You should know that Intel has launched their new SandyBridge CPUs, which fall in the same price range,...
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January 19, 2011 9:59:37 AM
January 19, 2011 1:40:07 PM

I see you chose a 520W power supply. Please note that the minimum requirement for that MSI GeForce GTX460 1GB is 450W and the CPU requires 95W. These two alone are 545W which would exceed the maximum for that Power Supply.
January 19, 2011 1:43:58 PM

casperstouch said:
I see you chose a 520W power supply. Please note that the minimum requirement for that MSI GeForce GTX460 1GB is 450W and the CPU requires 95W. These two alone are 545W which would exceed the maximum for that Power Supply.


The GTX460 doesn't require 450W on its own. The 450W PSU recommendation is for the complete overall system including video card, CPU, etc. The 520W PSU exceeds this by 70W. I'd say this is safely above the requirements for that video card. I don't see any other items that will draw massive amounts of power.
January 20, 2011 7:40:20 AM

^ He is right, that 520W would be just fine for a PC with GTX 460,...
Also for a gaming PC, IMO you wont need 8GB of RAM, the extra money is better spent on a little more powerful graphics card,...

Some suggestions -
CPU + Graphics card
i5 + HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo + HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE and Cooler with Free Shipping at amazon
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

Monitor - This has better ratings,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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