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July 21, 2011 10:42:35 PM

Hey all,

I know this is a very small amount to spend on a PC. I also know that getting more expensive components would improve the performance. That aside, I am interested on thoughts for improving this build without adding much additional cost. I'm on a tight budget and just want a computer that can play skyrim on med-low settings when it comes out.

My main question would be how you think the processor/graphics card would handle the game and any other suggestions for this price range. $130 for processor, mobo, and gpu is pretty low. I'm willing to go up to $150 for these components. My goal is to be as close to $300 as possible. I'd also appreciate any suggestions on other components if there are problems with the build.

APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

PowerColor AX4650 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$44.99 - $15.00 mail in rebate free shipping

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL

Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$53.48 combo

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$99.98 combo

XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply + additional 120mm fan combo that only added $2

Total: $295.37 + $12.63 shipping - $15.00 rebate = $293

Thanks for all comments/suggestions!

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July 21, 2011 10:59:35 PM

Let me suggest the Rosewill R101 or R102 cases, only $29.99 and come witha 120mm fan with a slot for a second 120mm in front.

with that you could consider a HD5670, which is about $20 more than the 4650. ($69.99 vs $49.99), which pushes you a bit over $300, but not much.
July 21, 2011 11:20:35 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.

If you look at the case description for the apex you will see that it comes with a front and rear 120mm, and a combo that adds $2 for a third side fan. Shipping is also only $1.99 on the case, which makes it about $1 cheaper with 2 extra fans and 2 extra front usb slots.

I really liked the graphics card suggestion. I think I will go with this card:

SAPPHIRE 100289VGAL Radeon HD 5670 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card


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July 22, 2011 2:48:46 PM

The HD 5670 GPU is a good choice with your budget constraints.
Not much else to tweak unless you bump the CPU up to the Athlon II X2 260 for $5 more.
not sure 200 Mhz is worth $5...maybe

July 22, 2011 3:06:41 PM

if you want this 5670 would be a good option at only $47:

and i would reccommend getting an AM3+ board if you plan on upgrading: (but its not really necessary if you don't)

according to this:
even 218W (168 W min) would suffice so this 350W would give room for overclocking too:
July 22, 2011 3:53:03 PM

looking nice overall
July 29, 2011 12:23:02 PM

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