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First Time Builder, Budget Casual Gamer Needs Help!

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May 31, 2011 1:02:33 AM

Hey there,

I'm a casual gamer looking to build my first budget gaming PC. I'd rate my tech level around novice, I've changed hard disks, installed RAM, and performed general upkeep on my current desktop. Also, I helped out a friend who built my current PC for me, so I have a basic understanding of what goes where.

That said, I'm looking to build a budget AMD/ATI PC for some light to medium range gaming. In more detail, I play old DosBox games like Fallout, some early 98/XP titles like the Tomb Raider series, Hitman and TES III Morrowind. The higher-end titles I play are the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, TES IV Oblivion, Fallout 3/New Vegas and Tomb Raider Underworld. I will be running these games on an Asus 24" LCD @1900x1800 native, and Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit and would like some decent FPS.

Outside of gaming I do DVD playback and streaming over NetFlix, as well as web surfing and general computer work.


Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime next week (6/6/2011)


Budget Range: 400-500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Medium Gaming, DVD Playback/Streaming, Web Surfing


Parts Not Required: PS2 Keyboard, Microsoft Optical Mouse, LG DVD-RW, Asus 24" LCD


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, directron.com


Country of Origin: U.S.A.


Parts Preferences: AMD Anthlon II series, ATI Radeon HD 5670, Gigabyte/Asus/Asrock/Biostar MoBo, G.Skill/Crucial DDR3 RAM, Seagate/Western Digital HDD


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Budget gaming pc, low to mid range, decent fps on resolution


My newegg wishlist;
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

CPU/MoBo combo;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM/HDD combo;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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



I would appreciate some assistance picking out a case/psu, and any other ideals/comments/critiques would be very welcome. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks!

a b B Homebuilt system
May 31, 2011 2:56:09 AM

Looks like a nice build... The GPU is sort of weak for 1080p, but if your at you're budget cap, it will do.
Here's a PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the case, I would look into an Antec 300 or if you can't fit it in, any Rosewill with decent reviews.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 31, 2011 3:03:42 AM

heres what i would recommend for a $500 build, it should be significantly more powerful than the components you have there. Total is $501 after shipping:
dvd:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gpu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ram (use promo code EMCKEHC62)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
psu+hdd:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
cpu+mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

sorry i couldnt elaborate, gotta go to bed.
!