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Ultra cheap $450 gaming rig - critiques and praise wanted

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August 19, 2011 9:35:43 AM

Alright. Im currently looking to build my first gaming computer. Usually I wait for a big title to come out and then I set out to conquer it (usually neglecting sleep and food until iv'e done so) and then wait a few months for another big title release and give it the same treatment. So Im really only a moderate gamer (a few games a year) meaning I dont need this build to be anything special. Iv'e spent a considerable amount of time researching hardware and looking for deals (combos, promos and rebates) on newegg and this is what iv'e come up with:

-GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $60 - (after deals) = $50

Combo 1- Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm + cheap asus dvd drive - $60 - (after deals) = $53

Combo 2- XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 + 8 (2x4) gigs patriot gamer 2 ram (1333)- $250 - (after deals) = $177

Combo 3- rosewill challenger gaming case + rosewill 600w psu - $105 - (after deals) = $95

Combo 4- Phenom II x3 720 BE Heka 2.8GHz OEM + Corsair A70 cpu cooler - $116 - (after deals) = $90

Total cost = $590
After combos, promos, rebates - starting newegg proffered account (-$15) - Free shipping with shoprunner = $450
Total Savings = $140

I plan to do some overclocking on the 720 since I'll have that excellent cooler and though newegg does not advertise it the board has core unlocking capabilities so I might be able to unlock the 4th core. And, no, im not interested in a SLI/Crossfire set-up. I'll just buy a beefier graphics card when I do my bulldozer upgrade. So what do you think of this $450 build?
a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2011 9:50:14 AM

Not to bad, but the PSU needs to go. Any other combos?
August 19, 2011 9:56:33 AM

whats wrong with the psu? It has better reviews than most at that price range and seems to be pretty solid.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2011 10:06:55 AM

"Seems" solid isn't the same as is solid. If that makes sense.

Rosewills have had a history of exploding power supplies, now not all of them. But a lot of them. I wouldn't trust that PSU with that system. Course that's just me. You can try it if you like.
a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2011 1:00:06 PM

TBH I don't know what PSU is in there. If you can tell me or even provide a link to it I would have a better idea. I based my wording on the formula Rosewill + comes with case = crap.
August 19, 2011 3:37:12 PM

Where do you find all these bundles 0.o
August 19, 2011 3:38:22 PM

drop the case and power supply combo and get a different psu with the same price by dropping the 6870 to a 5850 or a 460.
August 19, 2011 5:40:47 PM

make sure you read the fine print on those preferred accounts. Almost did bill-me-later and after reading into it, decided it was a bad idea.