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Rate my new Gaming Budget Build!!!

Okay So This is what i got thanks to lots of help and my own brain on this forum:

Basically I'll be doing some video editing and some gaming like Cod4, TF2, and some other games like that.


COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case $50
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $60
GIGABYTE GV-R567D3-1GI Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $70
ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM $17
Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/4GR $37
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $189
BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $100

And Finally the PSU:

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $50

So Everything is: $560

About $515 After Rebates and Combo's...


So is this a good PC in you guys opinion? What would you guys change/add into my build?

I will not be running games like starcraft and stuff and high demanding so i'm not really looking big on the graphics card. Will my PSU be enough???

Thanks forum!
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  1. The PSU is more than enough. I will not say anything on graphics until I see your monitor resolution.

    Others might comment on how Biostar is not a good brand, but it is at the top of cutomer comments in it's field. (Ok, what is this? Why so many problems in the H67 boards? Something is wrong when BIOSTAR is the highest rated.) I should expect ASrock, asus, or gigabyte to be better boards, but this doesn't SEEM to be the case...

    Everything looks good...
  2. Awesome! Thanks Chief!

    Btw, My Monitor resolution will just be 1080p, I'll probably use a 25-27 inch hd monitor! 1080p.
  3. Hmm, It's alright. Get a better mobo though. Z68 for video editing.
    With that CX500, you can get a 6770 which will slaughter CoD4 at max settings.
    You should drop to the i3-2100 or go AMD. You have a GPU bottleneck.
    Swap the HDD to a Samsung Spinpoint F3. It's faster/more reliable.

    And yes, the PSU will be plenty.

    Hope that helps you out ;)
  4. ^^ Is Swapping the Intel i5 worth it for a better GPU? And i don't see what's wrong with the mobo atm but i'll see.
  5. http://media.bestofmicro.com/A/Z/284219/original/MediaEspresso.png That's a picture from a Tom's article. The bottom one is encoding times with a 6970 ($350 card) and the top ones are with Quicksync, a feature in Z68. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product That's the board I would suggest. It's also cheaper.

    How seriously do you video edit? If you are a semi hardcore video editor, keep the 2400. However if you only do it on the side, the i3-2100 would be just fine. I do suggest that you upgrade the GPU though.
  6. Well, I'll probably game more then i video edit but I mean. I'm currently on an intel i5 dual core laptop which i will probably return because it's overheating issues annoy me. And the Intel i5 450m dual core works perfectly for me now but also i have an ATI RADEON 5470 now on my laptop and that also works fine. It's a hard choice... I will replace it with the z68 mobo but i can't decide for the gpu or processor
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    The GPU is the limiting factor in the build. You will not notice a drop in performance at all. If anything, you will see a huge increase with the 6770! a 5670 is not enough to game at 1080p, and the 6770 might even struggle with tougher games.
    Really though, 5770/6770 is the minimum you should be getting. Here's a PSU that is a bit cheaper, but can easily support your build: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007&Tpk=xigmatek%20400w
  8. ^^ Thanks for some more input, I'll probably upgrade to the 6770 and degrade to the i5-2100!
  9. i meant i3-2100
  10. COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119227
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    -$5.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate

    $54.99
    $49.99




    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148697
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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    -$5.00 Instant


    $64.99
    $59.99




    SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102941
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

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    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    $127.99




    ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN

    ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135224
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    $16.99




    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139027
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    -$10.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    $69.99
    $59.99




    Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/4GR

    Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/4GR
    Item #: N82E16820139398
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy



    $36.99



    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
    Item #: N82E16819115078
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

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    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128501
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    What i have now for $515 after rebates!
  11. If your going newegg you could get a combo with that mobo and processor for around $220.
  12. @Chief, I already have :)
  13. Best answer selected by Altay.
  14. TY for best answer! If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!
    Happy building!
  15. I question that Xigmatek PSU. I'd pay the $5 for the CX500, but I guess that's not top of the line either. Anyways, here's a MUCH better build for $520...

    CPU: $120 i3-2100 (newegg)

    Mobo: $55 ASRock H61M-VS http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=MB-H61M-VS&c=fr&pid=d395e7665657a9641ef02842cd7ac073513170f49d7988dd67f94e3c5bab86fb

    RAM: $25 4GB PNY http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178265

    Graphics: $200 Palit GTX 560Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261100&cm_re=gtx_560_ti-_-14-261-100-_-Product

    HDD: $58 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (Amazon.com)

    PSU: $40 CORSAIR CX500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    Case: $30 Thermaltake V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133094&cm_re=thermaltake_v3-_-11-133-094-_-Product

    DVD: $17 Any DVD Burner will do

    TOTAL: $520
  16. Yeah, I must agree with dalauder. I guess I was thinking z68 for encoding times..... At least upgrade the mobo a little.
  17. Unfortunately, when cutting the budget in every possible way, sacrifices have to be made in every department except for graphics. I cut in this order: Case, RAM, Mobo, CPU, PSU, HDD, Graphics, DVD.

    No parts are bad in my above build, but the graphics and hard drive (and DVD) are the only parts that are that good. If I had another $140, I'd spend $60 on the motherboard (Gigabyte Z68 ATX w/ Virtu), $20 on the PSU (XFX 650W), $25 on the case (Antec 300 Illusion), and $35 on the RAM (8GB Newegg deals).
  18. By the way OP, this Hard Drive's much better.
  19. ^^ I also listed it in my recommendations.
  20. OP, what do you mean you'll probably use a 25-27" monitor? If you haven't bought it yet, you should spend that on your computer I'd say to upgrade the motherboard to Z68 and be happy with a 22" monitor. Your call though.
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