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Rate my budget gaming build!

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July 3, 2011 12:48:46 AM

So I'm getting rid of my older C2D build for a much newer SB budget build! The only parts being brought over is my EVGA GTX 550 Ti; heres what the new build is going to look like:

- Intel i3-2100 3.1GHz ($125)
- ECS H61H2-M3 ($77)
- G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333 ($45)
- EVGA GTX 550 Ti (already have)
- WD 500GB HDD ($48)
- Corsair CX600 ($50 brand new off CL)
- Antec 300 ATX mid tower ($60)

I have a strict $400 budget and the total comes out to be $405 shipped before any rebates/deals/promos. So tell me TH, how does my build look for gaming (no super graphic intense games like Crysis)?
July 3, 2011 1:37:47 AM

It all depends on your screen resolution.
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July 3, 2011 2:23:07 AM

Why_Me said:
It all depends on your screen resolution.

Haha so true.

The i3-2100 should still perform well, even though it's a dual core CPU, and 4GB RAM will be plenty. It comes down to the resolution/GPU combo.
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July 3, 2011 2:37:10 PM

Right now im using my GTX 550 Ti on a 32" tv @ 1920x1080 resolution (1280x768 on some games). I want a board that'll allow me to use x16/x8 or x8/x8, but they're all over $100 and wont fit the bill :( 
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July 3, 2011 2:52:14 PM

Thanls, i seen that as well just now... I've always heard of WD being so reliable that I never really gave SG a shot (besides the rig I'm getting rid of now).
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July 3, 2011 3:06:33 PM

Seagate has gone south in the last couple of years. Their older drives were top notch though. I'd stick with the WD for only $8 more - you're most likely going to get more than $8 worth of quality.
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July 3, 2011 4:55:48 PM

z_4 said:
here's another suggestion, get a motherboard and CPU combo save some more.

i3-2100 & Biostar H61 MH worth $175. Save $27
The biostar motherboard chosen has the same features as the ECS one . Here's a proof .


Wow this would definitely save some cash, thanks!


boiler1990 said:
Seagate has gone south in the last couple of years. Their older drives were top notch though. I'd stick with the WD for only $8 more - you're most likely going to get more than $8 worth of quality.


I've heard this as well about Seagate's production over the years.
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