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Advice needed: [First time builder] Budget gaming build (€ 500- € 600)

Last response: in Systems
February 2, 2011 9:59:23 PM

Hi all,

I would like some of your thought on my build I had in mind, especially regarding CPU/GPU (bottleneck) and what's a better choice regarding bottom/top mounted PSU's (airflow/dust accumulation).

After some considerations I've decided to build myself a new gaming desktop. What I had in mind is a budget orientated build with emphasis on the most "bang for buck". The parts are chosen with upgradability in mind (adding a second GPU/upgrading the CPU in the future).

Approximate Purchase Date: February-March

Budget Range: 500-600 Euro

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (resolution 1680/1980), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, display

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any as long as it's cheap with good shipping

Country of Origin: Netherlands

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : no particular preference

Overclocking: Maybe some little tinkering.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I would like to keep the option open for in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: No need to be quiet as long as it's a reasonable sound level.

What I had in mind with my budget:

MOBO: ASRock 870 Extreme3 € 75,76

CPU: AMD Athlon X3 455 € 75,70

GPU: Sapphire HD 5770 € 99,90

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM € 51,75

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 52,00


CASE: Cooler Master Elite 430 € 41,95

NETWORK: Sweex LW312 Wireless-N PCI Adapter € 27,90

Total: € 498.22

Theres still some room in my budget as you can see. I still need some extra fans but that's a small detail I'm not really focusing on right now. Would it be better to get a stronger GPU or just pocket the money and be content with what I have in mind?

All thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

a b 4 Gaming
February 2, 2011 10:01:57 PM

That looks pretty sweet, you can check out my siggy and see if the 600$ build US fits your budget as well. It's pretty good in pricing but I don't know how pricing is in the EU