I would appreciate some specific and expert advice on an economy gaming build that will take place this week (07/06/11) - (07/10/11).
Right now I am at $528.00 and I want to knock it down to $450.00 or less. In addition, I would appreciate advice on the items I have selected. If there is a better deal or better quality, I would love to know.
This PC will be designed to link up via HDMI to a 1080p plasma tv and use a wireless mouse/keyboard from the couch. I will be playing games like Starcraft II and Star Wars the Old Republic - I would like the best graphics bang for my buck.
I would prefer my parts to all come from one source but am open minded.
Overclocking and SSL/Crossfire are not that important to me.
One last thing as I list my Newegg cart: I'm torn between investing more in the graphics card and less in other areas. Please look at what I've selected and give me some feedback. Thanks!
I just did a quick scan of your build. Toms builds gaming machines in their systembuilder marathons and they have to work hard to fit within $500-600, and that is without having to buy mouse and keyboard. To go below that price level requires squeezing real hard, such as buying the cheapest POS case you can find, maybe even scrounging up a used case and DVD drive. Instead of the i3 you could save a little by going with AMD, even though I'm not an AMD fan personally.
In another thread someone wanted a $350 computer, which is a hard price range to pull off.
-Make sure the key/mouse takes aa or aaa batterys, then you will need nimh rechargeable batteries for the mouse with a charger. The mouse will need rechargables, the keyboard should be fine with disposables. If the mouse takes aaa's you will need 2 sets of batteries. Try and find one where the mouse takes a pair of aa's.
It might be better to buy the key/mouse local in case the range is poor, or you don't like the feel of the key/mouse then it's easier to exchange it.
The key/mouse is the hardest thing to figure out for a living room pc.
You should get a usb extension cable so you can hide the receiver close to the coffee table or under the couch so the range is not so much of a issue.
I had good luck with microsoft mouse's (some take aa battery's too which is better than aaa's) logitec seemed to be ok too. even those brands have range issues.
-It's a bit cheaper so you can buy a nicer key/mouse, a wireless joystick, a wireless joypad, a few games on steam. Figuring out this so it works without wires everywhere is your biggest battle with a living room pc. You might have to exchange a few things till you get it right. You need a nice higher coffee table for the key/mouse, you might have to spend a bit on a new coffee table. Get one with woodgrain and not a solid color like black since the mouse needs detail on the surface to work. I built my own since its hard to find ones that are a bit higher and real wood.
Subtotal: $358.97 ($338.97 if the $20 mail in and pray rebate ever comes in) Ya don't count on the rebate, Don't "sell" your cell phone number to them for $20. Sometimes its not worth applying for the rebate cause your phone number is toasted when they sell it to marketing firms.
-It might need a new power supply if the one with the case crashes in 3d games with the 6770 card, you will just have to try it first. Something like a 600 watt corsair on sale would be good if it proves to be a dud.
-The cpu should overclock to over 3ghz. and the 6770 is known to overclock well too. they might not overclock with the generic 480 watt however.