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Budget Gaming (~800) Final Run - Critique please

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March 9, 2011 9:25:16 PM

After some work this is what I got to (Being a noob at this doesn't make it easy)

Bare in mind, Budget, mid range attempt (if possible on a 800 dollar budget, that needed everything but mouse/keyboard)

First time:

762 before rebates, 707 after rebates, 2 10 dollar NewEgg cards. Still need a Monitor but will use the cards and the other 100 to get a monitor.

Need some Critiques on what I have picked out please...

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March 9, 2011 10:26:50 PM

actually, tahts pretty good (I had a buold here before, that looked perfect...but I forgot the power supply so It went well over $800 with the monitor)
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March 9, 2011 10:32:27 PM

My 600$ build in my siggy would be on par with your build, add a 955 instead of the 925 and you'll get just about 610$-ish. Then you could just add the higher powered PSU. Any preference, if you just want modular and good efficency. I can vouch for the Cooler Master 600w Silent Pro. I have the 700w version and lets just say it is a GREAT and silent PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 9, 2011 10:54:15 PM

Thanks guys.

I actually forgot there is another -11 on the PSU/Ram combo with the Code I entered. Takes it down to 759 before rebates.
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March 9, 2011 11:31:44 PM

Seems like you squeezed a lot out of that.
Are you picking power supply based on a possible crossfire config later?
If not I think you could do better than that combo ($123 for RAM + Power supply) if you bought individually a smaller PSU and 1333 RAM.
Wouldn't be a lot less money, but every little bit helps in this price range.

For example you could grab this memory
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBPK
$43 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and either the Cooler Master 600w that aznshinobi mentioned above for $70, or this one (which I would rate lower than the cooler master, but it is cheaper)
SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's $20 savings, but admittedly it's a lower quality power supply so you may not want to cut that deep.
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March 9, 2011 11:40:12 PM

It was more of the deal I was getting on the PSU/Ram at the time. It's a today only special on Newegg. Figured for future Crossfire config etc. Yeah I know it is a bit more (and like you said not that much) I just "felt" a little better with it. per se.
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March 9, 2011 11:49:02 PM

Agreed, and if you start taking it too far then you end up with everything we hate about those budget pre-build systems.
I'd say you're probably in a good spot.
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March 10, 2011 1:43:29 AM

In one of my earlier builds I believe I had that exact combo. But I know I kept changing out the PSU to squeeze that little bit here or in this case gain a little bit.

Appreciate the input, first time builds are, well, interesting. Good to know that I was on the right track. Makes a world of difference.
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March 10, 2011 10:00:13 PM

I don't trust that Rosewill at all personally. That's just me though. I actually favor OP's build over yours Batchuka, no offense. His comes with the Antec Illusion which is a case that looks pretty sexy. A solid PSU and great HDD
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March 11, 2011 10:13:49 AM

Meh $761 and no CF and also what the point of nice looking case that cannot accomodate monster GPU upgrades (HD 5970) Heck peeps are finding it a tight fit for just a HD 5870 as is @@ Also one of 2 PSU review authorities HardwareSecrets (the other being JonnyGuru) rates Rosewill Green 630 extremely highly and IIRC Proximon's PSU guide also highlights this ^^

The PSU Ranked List and Guide
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/278567-28-ranked-list...
Quote:
43-54 amps - Often "650W" PSUs
This range is a good choice for the gamer with two moderate video cards or one very high power card.

http://rankedpsulist.dabbledb.com/publish/rankedpsulist...
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