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Budget Gaming Machine, Need feedback

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August 21, 2011 4:03:56 PM

Hi, I've been picking out parts for my first build and I was hoping I could get some feedback on whether the parts I chose are the best for the price. I'm trying to build a PC under 850$ that can run the latest games without a sneeze. At the moment I have:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

Powercolor AX6850

BIOSTAR A870 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming/Rosewill Hive Continuous 650W]

Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Rosewill RNX-N300X PCI Wireless Adapter

Hanns·G HZ201DPB Black 20" WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers

So, any advice on changes, etc? Thanks.

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August 21, 2011 4:16:11 PM

You havent included any prices so its awkward for me to suggest tweaks.

One thing i would suggest though is ditch the sound card, the onboard sound of the motherboard will be fine and then you can use whatever money is saved to up your graphics card.
August 21, 2011 4:43:39 PM

Yeah, let me put the prices up. I'm not sure the onboard sound will be sufficient though, especially taking into consideration it's a pretty cheap mobo.
August 21, 2011 4:54:17 PM

Its a pretty cheap sound card aswell though. To notice any real difference in sound i think you need to be looking into the sound cards more like $100+
September 11, 2011 8:54:04 PM

This is how I first got started in my budget rig:

APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $20
BioStar A770E3 AM3 Motherboard $37
AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition Heka 3.0GHz $88
Kingston ValueRAM 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin $70
5400 Rpm Laptop Hard Drive 500 Gb $Free
Asus DVD-RW $18
VisionTek Radeon HD 4650 512 Mb $20
Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power $43
Two case fans $16
Total $312

I later upgraded to a Sapphire 5670 1Gb, added 4 Gb more to the memory and I'm running a full size hard drive. After upgrading, I'm at around $500 for total cost of my computer.
September 12, 2011 12:58:56 AM

I completely forgot about this thread. Anywho, the check for this rig is going to clear tomorrow, so I think really the only thing left in the air at the moment is the case, which I accidentally created a new thread for.