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Good gaming build??

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February 22, 2011 12:39:13 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely Wednesday

Budget Range: Give or take $600 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming only

Parts Not Required: Keyboard (Logitech G15), Mouse (Logitech G5), OS (Windows 7 Ultimate)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com; microcenter; tigerdirect; amazon

Country of Origin: United States, Los Angeles CA

Parts Preferences: Don't Care; Most bang for my buck

Overclocking: Maybe (in the future)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in the future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first gaming build, and I would like this to sustain me a year or so, when I will upgrade to Skyrim. I know this is a tight budget, because I need a monitor as well, please any help would be appreciated. Some parts I was thinking about are:

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CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

STORAGESAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD DRIVE: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 67296&SID=

PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 67296&SID=

CASE: Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 67296&SID=

CPU COOLING:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MONITOR: I am not sure yet...

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February 22, 2011 1:10:09 AM

You'll need a different motherboard if you want to run SLI or Crossfire in the future. That board only has two PCIe 2.0 slots, one of which runs at x16 bandwidth and the other runs at x4 bandwidth, which is too low to run a video card well. Also, AM3 motherboards do not support SLI unless it has a Nvidia chipset or the Lucid Hydra bridge chip, which doesn't seem well liked by some people. Look for a motherboard that supports 2 PCIe 2.0 slots both at x16 or x8 bandwidth.

If I were you I'd switch the video card to a HD 6870 or 6850, that way you could run Crossfire in the future since all AMD motherboards with the appropriate slots support Crossfire.

Overclocking that CPU is something that will likely need to be done to extract maximum value and get good frame rates without having to resort to a more powerful (expensive) CPU.
February 22, 2011 2:20:46 AM

Check out my 600$ build.

As for comments.
Your build looks solid, though it seems you could get a bit more out of it. jprahman is correct about the SLI/CF side of your build.

You should get the 6850 for future CF, it'll give you nearly a 90% boost in graphical power once you CF. Plus 6850 CF > 460 1GB SLI.
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February 22, 2011 5:52:02 AM

$574AR
February 22, 2011 3:59:07 PM

Reviewers have noted that you can unlock the 4th core on the x3 rana chip and save money from buying an x4
February 22, 2011 3:59:49 PM

While that is possible, unlock + stable is a bonus not a given
February 22, 2011 8:12:21 PM

I'd do this: Go fro the Trupower 550W @$90 to an Earthwatts 380W at $45, spend the extra on an HD 6850 1GB instead of the GTX 460 768. (which is $30 more), The 6850 will use less power and is better at 1920x1080 resolution

spend teh $15 on adding 4 fans to the Destroyer to max out the fan count.

for a Monitor, I suggest the Acer 23" 1920x1080 monitor: $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 22, 2011 8:21:22 PM

A 380W PSU is too weak for a HD6850 or a GTX 460.
February 22, 2011 10:40:53 PM

jprahman said:
A 380W PSU is too weak for a HD6850 or a GTX 460.



No it isn't.

What matters is the amperage on the 12v rails. The Earthwatts 380 has a 17a and a 15a rail. total 32amps. a 460 needs 24 Amps. a 6850 needs 20 amps.

Total system wattage on that system is about 242W, leaving an ample cushion.
February 22, 2011 10:52:05 PM

aznshinobi said:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-cross...

You sure? A 125w TDP CPU + 278w Load GPU doesn't look good with a 380w psu.



its a 95W TDP CPU. and its the one used in the december $500 build.

That 278W load you linked is a full system Wattage with an overclocked i7-965!

If you can't trust an Antec 80+ Bronze build with a 100W cushion, what do you need?
February 22, 2011 10:55:11 PM

Oh I didn't realize that. But still... I thought we were talking about the 955 and a 6850. Ok well 955+6850 would be about 246 watts? If all were on load that is.
February 23, 2011 12:35:49 AM

Ok soo to recap......get 6850 and a new psu?????????? thanks for all the suggestions.....about the gpu and monitor.........but what psu should i get again????? sorry to be a pain.....its just really important :/ 
February 23, 2011 1:15:07 AM

Yeah that's what I'd do. Get a 520w Neo Eco from Antec. 40$.
February 23, 2011 1:21:04 AM

Thanks anshinobi and everyone else who posted feedback. Ill post a revised build shortly just to make sure everything is good
February 23, 2011 1:26:22 AM

Alrighty goodluck.
February 23, 2011 6:24:13 AM

Ya good spot on the $39.99 ECO 520!
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