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Budget $450 Gaming PC

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June 28, 2011 4:04:06 AM

Hey, This is going to be my first build and im on a strict budget. Ideally this system can run modern games at 1080 with high settings. I've done some research and managed to select some parts myself but im unsure if its the best bang for the buck and whatnot.

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Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $450

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web design, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Ideally i want to run modern games on high settings in 1920x1080 resolutions. (Crysis 2, BC2, Starcraft 2) Being future proof isn't really a top concern.

Case:
COOLER MASTER Elite 360 RC-360-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

PSU:
COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply

Hard drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue RFHWD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU:
HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Memory:
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS

CPU and MOBO combo:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX + MSI 760GM-E51 AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Please make suggestions. I plan on ordering it in a few days.

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June 28, 2011 6:00:46 AM

Yeah, I just ordered a new PC, too.

Seeing your spec I'm not really sure it is in $450 range. Whatever, perhaps you should upgrade your PSU to at least 500W if you're planning a quad core processor. HD 5770 is a good choice for 1080p though I prefer a GTX 460 768MB version.
Overall, I think that's a good spec.
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June 28, 2011 6:24:30 AM

I think you can avoid all the shipping cost if you order through directcanada.com, if I were you i would save up a bit more money to try and get into the $600 budget area
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June 28, 2011 6:41:07 AM

Not a bad setup for the budget, but I'd ditch that PSU and get an Antec Earthwatts 380D or 430D (both cost around $40 on Amazon).

If you were to drop the processor down to a X3 455 (around 5-10% drop in performance), you can upgrade to a HD6850 (around 20% increase in performance).

Check the builds in my sig as well.
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June 28, 2011 6:46:37 AM

I meant to post directcanada.ca not .com, just get so used to putting .com. Sorry about that.
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June 28, 2011 7:03:54 AM

Zero_ said:
Not a bad setup for the budget, but I'd ditch that PSU and get an Antec Earthwatts 380D or 430D (both cost around $40 on Amazon).

If you were to drop the processor down to a X3 455 (around 5-10% drop in performance), you can upgrade to a HD6850 (around 20% increase in performance).

Check the builds in my sig as well.

Yes. On 1080p resolution the gpu should be better than cpu. Perhaps you should transfer some bucks from cpu to upgrade the gpu.
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June 28, 2011 7:29:54 PM

how about you just look at tom's last 500$ system with a core i3? I'm sure you can scoop it up for close to 450 now - especially since you don't need DVD drive

PS www.memoryexpress.com is cheapest place for hDD and now they are trying to price beat ANY retailer in Canada. I buy from them often, very good company next to Newegg.
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