Very Cheap Build

I have decided that my Dell Latitude is not fit for gaming ;) and I have decided to build myself a system. I want this to be extremely cheap, however I'm worried about the performance I will lose.
How much would I be able to do with this:
Intel i5: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.678261
and this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=dryrdvjejo1j

Any input is appreciated.
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  1. Run many games at very high settings. You should be set really. Just make sure you have enough RAM.
  2. Should 4GB be good?
  3. 4gb is good. I personally recommend 8 gb. They're not expensive, as long as you get a good deal. Tigerdirect has a sale on an 8gb patriot bundle for 55 dollars I think. Better than spending the ridiculous 120 some brands sell it for.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5688415&CatId=4534

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7114146&CatId=3473

    same price, same brand, higher mHz on the 2nd link.
  4. I've read games only can use the max of 2 gbs of ram, so if you have 4gb it should be more than enough.
  5. spillz1123 said:
    I've read games only can use the max of 2 gbs of ram, so if you have 4gb it should be more than enough.


    8Gb isn't much more, if not the same price as 4gb. So why settle for less? These will be good for upcoming years.
  6. How big of a PSU will I need?
  7. 4 GBs of Ram is fine for gaming and most applications. THG did an article on it.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,2778.html
    that being said Ram is rather inexpensive right now.

    your above build is well suited for a budget gaming build. that 6870 has a very good performance/price point

    I would put this quality budget minded ram with it
    2x2gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394
    2x4gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424

    now all you need is a quality PSU and HDD
    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
    HDD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795
    pick whatever DVD/CD drive that is rated 4 or 5 eggs and has free shipping and a case that you like and you are in business
  8. genghiskron said:


    not sure that would be a good gamer. he will still need to add a GPU, as the A8's built in graphics are better that the intel ones and the ones on most MB's they still aren't good enough for gaming. the combo comes with a single stick of memory, yet the MB and CPU support dual channel, this will slow it down also.

    this is a bench mark I found for the A8-3850 against several CPU's using a GTX580 GPU, so the differences were CPU alone. The i5-2400 is not in the test but it performs just under the x6 1100T for gaming.
    http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?/topic/32022-amd-a8-3850-llano-apu-benchmark-gaming-performance/
  9. blackbari5 said:



    the PSU is over priced, this one is has better reliability, its and modular:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    the Hard Drive is a solid one, but very slow compared to the newer drives. this one is very fast:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

    the price of your picks = ~$120
    the price of the above suggestions = $120
  10. ^the link changed jerred, my bad. it was a $35 Antec NEO Eco 520w shell shocker. SOLD OUT.
  11. klaykid said:
    8Gb isn't much more, if not the same price as 4gb. So why settle for less? These will be good for upcoming years.


    I'm not sure which planet you live on, but on mine when a product as something that is more than another product it is never the same price.

    ddr1333

    4gb is 29.99

    8gb is 51.99

    That's a 22 dollar difference, it may not seem like a lot when talking about 100+ gaming cards, but that 20 bucks can go towards something more worthwhile, better case, cooling, better cpu, better video card, and actually give you a better gaming experience.

    When the time comes for him to need more ram, either he can upgrade then at a cheaper price, or his parts will be old anyways so he will need to upgrade everything.

    That's just my opinion.
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