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~$600 Gaming Rig Advice

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March 29, 2011 9:13:08 PM

This will be my first custom rig that I will actually be putting together... Ordering mainly from Newegg and I'm really just planning on playing WoW and Battlefield 3 on medium / high settings when it comes out. I'm hoping the rig wont become dated for atleast a couple years and want it to be reliable. It's basically the $500 rig that they featured on this site ( ) but I had to change the case, power supply, and processor because of out of stock items. I just want to make sure everything here is good and approved by people who know what they're talking about, because I sure don't. :pt1cable: 

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two.

Budget Range: $600 final price. With rebates, shipping, etc. (Give or take ~$20 is fine)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Internet, School work.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or TigerDirect (TD if it's just one or two parts).

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD build, other than that no strong preferences.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 or possibly 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Doesn't need to be flashy. OS: Windows 7 Premium 64 bit.


Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Total with shipping and discounts/ rebates included: $583.51

So my questions to you guys: What do you think about the rig? Will it all fit in the tower I chose? Is there anywhere where I can save or should be spending more? And anything else you feel like saying?

Thank you so much this community has been extremely helpful so far :bounce: 

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March 29, 2011 9:55:20 PM

Looks alright to me for the price point. I would suggest upgrading the ram to DDR3 1600 such as this one:

And perhaps you could think about a small SSD (64GB) for OS and productivity software. I bought a X25-M last year after using RAID0 74GB Raptors and the improvement in speed and responsiveness was night and day.

Other than those, this should do okay as a low to mid level gaming rig for a couple years.
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March 29, 2011 10:16:01 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Singemagique: I read somewhere earlier today that there was hardly a difference between 1333 and 1600 RAM. Is that true? And that small drive is a good idea, I'll look into it. What's productivity software though?

Mattius92: Hmmm, it probably would be a good idea to buy a PSU from a more reputable company.
March 29, 2011 10:23:17 PM

Productivity software is like Microsoft Office or Photoshop.

1333 vs 1600, 1600 is supposedly better but you can just OC your memory to at least 1500 easily. So I really don't think its a big issue.
March 29, 2011 10:39:46 PM

In gaming i don't think there is a really big difference maybe 2 -7 fps, couple % increase maybe.
March 30, 2011 1:49:18 AM

I would concur with going with the 1600ram since it's supported by the motherboard you chose. There isn't really a price difference but there will be a performance difference.
April 3, 2011 1:47:32 AM

You are correct, there will only be a minor (a few %) increase in performance by using 1600 ram. That said, that motherboard supports it and the price difference is only ~$15. Also, the ram you have listed does not have a heat spreader and you should keep that in mind if you do plan on overclocking it.
April 3, 2011 1:56:24 AM

Check my build guide in mah siggy.

BTW, from 1600 to 1333 no difference at all in reality.