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First Time Builder Looking for Comments on Mid-Price Gameing System

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May 18, 2011 11:23:28 PM

Not a hardcore gamer but my "gaming system" is dreck (120 on the Geekbench marks). Looking for something that will keep up with requirements but not interested in pushing the envelope.

Approximate Purchase Date: by end of May 2011

Budget Range: $600-800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: but open to suggestions

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I don't want to have to worry about overheating.

This is what I've come up with after reading various postings in these forums (I'm open to all recommendations):

CPU: Intel i5-2400 (should I pay for the 2500 if I'm not going to overclock?)
Mobo: Asrock H61M/U3S3
RAM: GSkill Ripjaws DDR 1333 - 2x4GB
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Case: Rosewill Challenger
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520W
DVD: Samsung/Any
Video: ASUS EAH5850 Radeon 5850 1GB

What say you?

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May 19, 2011 12:20:27 PM

Thanks. I'm not familiar with OCZ PSUs. Are they good quality?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2011 4:44:39 PM

OCZ PSUs are OK, but nothing great. Antec ones are better, Corsair are better yet IMO.
Here's a different (better) 520w Antec PSU for the same price on newegg:

For your processor, either get the 2500k and a P67 board, or stick with what you have there (or even drop down to the i3-2100 - it's also quite decent).

I'd also be tempted to change that 5850... Here's what I'd be tempted by for graphics cards:
May 19, 2011 7:22:09 PM

I thought the 5850 outperformed the 460? I know the 560 is a step up. I was debating whether that or the 6950 were worth the extra $.
May 19, 2011 7:40:01 PM

Yeah don't get the the GTX 460 768mb but the GTX 560 ti wouldn't be a bad option. The HD 6950 is a good option as well, all depends on how much you're willing to spend.
May 19, 2011 7:55:56 PM

Look into getting a velocirator or even a SSD (although SSD would be a bit pricy). You can get a good 150 gig Wester Digital velociraptor for about a hundred buck. Its well worth the price, load times are drastically reduced, fantastic for gaming and transferring files around.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2011 8:43:47 PM

Don't get a raptor no matter what. You can get a Vertex 2 60gb for like 90 bucks right now - way better performance.

The 5850 will outperform a 768mb 460, however that one is going for $89 right now after rebate, and will outperform a 5830.

I'm not so good with newegg in the states, but I recently picked up an 810mhz 1gb GTX 460 (gigabyte) for $139 - $30 rebate. It acts almost like a 470, which definitely has the leg up on a 5850.

Either way though you should be good...
May 22, 2011 6:01:50 PM

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