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$450 Budget gaming build, Good?

Last response: in Systems
April 24, 2011 11:41:09 PM

I just wanted to know if these parts are good, reliable, etc. and if I should get different parts instead. Also I'm most worried about the case not being big enough or the PSU being shoddy.

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably next Tuesday

Budget : $440 after Rebates

System Usage : Mostly gaming plus use it for school work.(Documents, spreadsheets, etc.)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences:None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

  • CD/DVD drive - LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM - $21
  • Video Card -SAPPHIRE 100282XTREME Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0x16-$140
  • Case w/ PSU - APEVIA X-QBOII-NW-BK/500 Black SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - $30 w/ MIR
  • HDD - Recertified: Western Digital Caviar Green RFHWD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $30
  • Mobo - BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $55
  • Memory - Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model TED34096M1333HC9DC - $41
  • CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor HDX925WFGMBOX - $115
    April 24, 2011 11:56:03 PM

    The green series hard drives run more slowly than normal to save power so theyre not great for gaming, i'd go for a blue series or a Samsung Spinpoint. Also, you can get some seriously decent RAM for just a few $ more. Look at the G.Skill Ripjaws X. Lastly i would reccomend losing the DVD drive if you can to get a case with no PSU then buy a decent one. (Antec/Corsair etc.) Other than that the build looks ok i think.