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April 16, 2011 8:48:39 AM

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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April 16, 2011 9:33:10 AM

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=N82E168...


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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 16, 2011 9:37:59 AM

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.
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April 17, 2011 7:58:53 AM

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
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April 18, 2011 1:23:50 PM

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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