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May 23, 2011 9:54:27 PM

Hello,

I recently worked up a build for the $600 range in an attempt to get a relatively cheap gaming computer. I was hoping to get a last triple check to make sure my parts were compatible, would have enough power and cooling, and that none of the parts are crap.

http://i.imgur.com/5evMQ.png

Recommendations for upgrades to any of the parts are welcome, as long as they don't go too far out of my price range, particularly I'm wondering if I should invest in a better case.

Thanks in advance,

-Sam R

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May 23, 2011 10:22:51 PM

Hey Sam,
A couple things.
One, AMD is not the way to go right now. It would be better to get an i3-2100 and h67 board.

But assuming you really want to stick with this build, here's my suggestions.
Drop the CPU to a Phenom II x4 955 BE. Same chip, $20 less. You can regain that 200mhz with a super easy overclock.

Swap the HDD to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... It's faster and cheaper.
You will only need 4GB of ram, use that money for GPU.

Upgrade the GPU to something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph... it's much faster for $30 more.

Get this mobo instead, it has USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

finally if you are worried about the case, grab one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The V3 is fine though.

That wraps it up! :) 
May 23, 2011 11:07:32 PM

Sorry I'm a total noob when it comes to building computers, this was a build that a friend picked out for me if I'm honest.

I'm pretty overwhelmed but how much would I have to change assuming I switched to the H67 and i3? Also would it not make sense in my price range to go for the i5, or is that just not where I should be focusing my money? I was originally planning on having only 4g of ram but figured I'd post the build as he sent it to me.

All of the parts you recommended I've heard good things about, I'm mostly worried about making sure they'll all work together with the power supply and mobo.

I've been reading up as much as possible the past few days, but I'm eager to jump right in :-D I'll try to slow my roll, and any help is certainly appreciated.

Thanks again,

-Sam R

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May 23, 2011 11:10:36 PM

Sorry that was a bit informal. Check out my build guide for $600
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
If you can spare $50 more (putting you @ $650) I spend the extra and get the i5 2400. I do mention it in my guide.
May 23, 2011 11:44:42 PM

Alright I considered your build guide and I have been recommended similar parts in various places so I'm not too worried about the quality of the parts. Perhaps this is the last run through I'll need, but the parts I'm looking at now are::

CPU-The i5

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-i5-2400-3-10GHz-B...

Mobo-ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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

HDD-Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

(not too picky on the HDD)

GPU-1gb 5850 radeon sapphire

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

Power Supply-Antec BP550 Plus 550W ATX12V V2.2 Modular Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-BP550-Plus-ATX12V-Modular/d...

(Assuming this is big enough, and it has a good efficiency rating)

RAM-4gb ripjaw

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

Case-Antec 300 illusion

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

...Whew. Hopefully this all works out, then I'll be picking out a monitor to go with it all.

Any input is welcomed and helpful, thanks in advance,

-Sam R
May 24, 2011 12:19:07 AM

Looks good. It's defiantly a solid build.
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