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Sub $500 Build, Are These Parts Reliable And Compatible?

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July 7, 2011 3:04:49 AM

Hello, this will be my first build, after doing alot of searching around and looking at different parts and reviews, I think I have put together a decent compatible build. After reading around the forums here I thought I'd ask if all theese parts would work together and if not, suggestions for alternatives in the same price range.

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Approximate Purchase Date: within a week hopefully

Budget Range: $350-$450 (excuding OS)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Play Runescape with max settings, light gaming, some video editing/conversion

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com, BestBuy.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD Socket AM3 CPU, ATI Graphics

Overclocking: No

Crossfire: Not now, possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768 (I may get a better one but not for awhile)

Additional Comments: I'd like this to last 3-5 years of light to moderate use, also I would like to control all fans through the motherboard with SpeedFan


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Currently Selected Parts


MB: MSI 870S-G46
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UBSFMK/ref=ox_sc_a...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 840
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LRO9B4/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM: Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Model KVR1333D3N9/4G (x2)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019MEIOM/ref=ox_sc_a...

GPU:Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 - 1 GB DDR3 DP/DVI-I/VGA PCI-Express Graphics Card 100293L
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036ORMYE/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU: Corsair GS600 600-Watt
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Gaming+Series+600...

HD1 (OS Drive): Western Digital Caviar 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 160GB WD1600AAJS-22WAA0 (From old computer)

HD2 (Data Drive): Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s ST3500418AS (Already Have)
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200RPM-Interna...

CD/DVD Drive: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98
http://www.amazon.com/Lite-LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS...

PCI Card: Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP (From old computer) <- I'm on dialup unfortunately so I need this to work

CPU Cooler: Stock

Case Fans: Panaflo/NMB-MAT 80x25mm Ultra High Output ( FBA08A12U1BX )
http://www.amazon.com/CASE-80X80X25MM-HYDRO-WAVE-3450RP... (x2)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

So far I'm at 440.59

Thanks for any advice your able to give.
July 7, 2011 3:17:22 AM

IMO This would be a smarter choice. Check out mah build here.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
It uses the Llano 6550D which is better than the 5570 and it's not a bad APU/GPU plus it uses less power and can be crossfired in the future. The CPU performance is also pretty good. Just IMO
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July 7, 2011 3:24:17 AM

let me just point out that you can max out runescape with your wristwatch if you wanted to :)  (you are probably getting bad performance of dialup connection, and not your hardware)

you don`t need 600 W, even 350 W will do.





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July 7, 2011 3:42:04 AM

Overclocked Toaster said:
let me just point out that you can max out runescape with your wristwatch if you wanted to :)  (you are probably getting bad performance of dialup connection, and not your hardware)

you don`t need 600 W, even 350 W will do.


I know it doesen't take a very high end GPU to run it at max but as I said I want this to be useable for 3-5 years
I'm coming from a 3 yr old $300 machine that does good to play it on medium low @ ~20 FPS

As for the PSU, I see alot of people saying to get a good quality one thats more than you need so theres spare power for future upgrades.
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July 7, 2011 3:48:28 AM

quality and power are not the same thing...but sure if you think you might be upgrading to high end graphics at some point in the future, then 600 w is not a bad idea.
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July 7, 2011 3:53:18 AM

^+1 again. That PSU isn't exactly great quality so... Yeah... You're better off upgrading along the way. Currently the build I suggested is the newest tech, you'd last a while with it.
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July 7, 2011 3:57:24 AM

Overclocked Toaster said:
quality and power are not the same thing...but sure if you think you might be upgrading to high end graphics at some point in the future, then 600 w is not a bad idea.


Ok, any reccomendations for one in the 450-500 watt range then?
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July 7, 2011 3:58:57 AM

You checking out my guide @ all?
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July 7, 2011 4:02:29 AM

aznshinobi said:
You checking out my guide @ all?


Yes I've looked at it, but I'd rather stick with parts I'm more familiar with.

Thanks for the suggestion though :) 
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July 7, 2011 4:05:09 AM

... What does that even mean? So you're not getting it because you don't know it? The 6550D is better than the 5570 And the A8-3850 as a CPU performs on par if not better than the 840.
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July 7, 2011 4:22:27 AM

aznshinobi said:
... What does that even mean? So you're not getting it because you don't know it? The 6550D is better than the 5570 And the A8-3850 as a CPU performs on par if not better than the 840.


I understand its better, but I want to stay with parts I know a little about.
I'm not saying your suggestion is a bad 1, I'd just prefer to stick with the AM3 board.
I am looking at the PSU you suggested for that build though
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