Is this a good budget gaming comp?

Hi I am going to build a new computer for mostly just gaming and was wondering if all of these were compatible and good for a budget gaming computer:

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Graphics Card: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2

Look any good and will all work together?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. that MSI edition card is waaayy overpriced at $124.99 after rebates, this would be a better choice at about the same level of performance for $69 (the Zotac GTS450):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500187&cm_re=gts_450-_-14-500-187-_-Product

    apart from that, the Antec you've chosen is great, but these would be a good choice to (and able to handle your system fine):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    corsair CX500:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    even an Antec 430 would do fine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371023

    also is that 1333Mhz ram? beucase the price difference beetween 1333 and 1600 doesn't seem like much right now.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions. And yeah it's 1600Mhz ram
  3. For a gaming machine the 450 is a week card and the 5770 is only a bit better, I suggest getting a 6850 or 460 GTX even if you have to get a cheaper CPU and/ or board.
  4. simon12 said:
    For a gaming machine the 450 is a week card and the 5770 is only a bit better, I suggest getting a 6850 or 460 GTX even if you have to get a cheaper CPU and/ or board.


    i definetely wouldn't call it a weak card, it can play most games today on max settings @1080p. (
  5. simon12 said:
    For a gaming machine the 450 is a week card and the 5770 is only a bit better, I suggest getting a 6850 or 460 GTX even if you have to get a cheaper CPU and/ or board.


    Yeah pretty much what he said.
  6. Sorry weak card was the wrong word I just mean't for a gaming rig the CPU to GPU power is not well balanced.
  7. hes on a budget, and thats why a GTS450 would be a great option. review:
    http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/zotac_gts450_amp_review/5

    all of those games are on Ultra @ 1200 with 8xAA and the GTS450 still performs well. (average FPS)
  8. a GTX 460 768mb or HD 5770 are equals at about the same price
    while the GTS 450 is one tier below in the Toms Chart
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2964-7.html

    a HD 6790 would be a better choice than HD 5770 if cheap enough
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=hd+6790+1gb+gddr5
    around $115 Toms picks HD 5770
  9. I can be a bit flexible on the graphics card costs, thinking in the area of very high settings on WoW, Starcraft 2, and will at least do ok in the long term unless I have a new card by then (Diablo 3 specifically)
  10. am3+ board? mostly gaming? buy a PII X2 555, many are unlockable, all are overclockable. when bulldozer comes out, upgrade to a bulldozer chip.

    otherwise, for a budget gaming rig, id have to suggest an i3 2100 based machine.

    edit: the money saved by going to the X2 can be put into a better video card. my vote would be 6850
  11. You didn't tell us the resolution you are gaming at. For 1280-1440 the 5770/gts450 will both work fine.

    The PSU is also rock solid although a bit expensive right now. Shame the shellshocker is sold out :(
  12. Personally I like the OPs original build the way it is :)

    I think it is a good choice of parts

    I wouldnt change it unless the budget goes higher

    as Supermucher85 asked the resolution is important
    but for up to 1920x1080 the HD 5770 is a good deal at that price
    the MSI Hawk is worth the extra few bucks
  13. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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