First build, Ready to buy parts...

Will this suffice for basically playing TF2 and older games, plus everyday normal PC usage? I plan on keeping the price at under $450 at the very most. (would be willing to go up to, or a little over $450 if it will allow me to max out TF2)


MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply

SAPPHIRE 100287VGALP Radeon HD 5670 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

(Already have a DVD Drive, KB/M/Display, OS, and will be using a headset for sound)
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  1. that should be sufficent to run most games at medium settings, possibly low for modern first person shooters.

    I would suggest swapping to the Athlon II X3 455 instead of 555. its about $2 less and the extra core more than makes up for the lack of L3 cache in most games.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103911


    for the same price as the 320GB drive, but $2 less in shipping, get this Seagate 500GB drive. Its SATA 3, but will step down to SATA 2 on your motherboard (there's not much real difference anyway on mechanical drives):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701

    If you don't mind stepping back to Direct X 10, consider this much more powerful video card (HD4850) for the same price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150482
    Its comparable in ability to a 5750
    While there is nothing at all wrong with the Elite 430 case, here's a couple others to consider just to give you some options, around the same price, with more included fans:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811124138

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144252

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121096

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023
  2. TF2 is fairly easy to run. With that system I doubt you'll ever get below 40-50 fps on TF2 maxed out on 1680x1050. How cheap are you getting those parts? I think you can build that for a hair under $400 and that'll give you very good performance/dollar.

    I was going to warn ya about using an old IDE DVD drive but wow that AM3 board has an IDE slot.
  3. A much better graphic card for not much more:

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/sapphire-radeon-hd5770-video-card-/20464.aspx

    It will run fine on the corsair 430. (i did this for a while)

    Edit: Also much better than the 4850 above.
  4. OK, thanks to you guys (and some friends), I added some different parts while dropping the price to $406. If I buy these parts, will it still comfortably run Team Fortress 2? That will BASICALLY be the only PC game I play, but might dabble in some current/older games. I mainly use my Xbox for gaming. I'm ready to buy parts now, and am happy with the price.



    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

    RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply

    Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

    SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670

    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory
  5. I'd still recommend an Athlon II X3 455 over the 555,
    Anmd get the Corsair CX430 instead of the Raidmax. Raidmax is poor quality.
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