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Budget gaming pc - input?

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August 29, 2011 12:32:06 AM

Hey guys, I'm thinking about building a BUDGET gaming pc - not looking for the best, just pretty good graphics, I already have the case, OS, mouse, and keyboard.

I found this combo on newegg, all I need extra is the PSU:
ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

ASUS EAH6570/DI/1GD3(LP) Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Thermaltake A4022 92mm CPU Cooler

Price:$355.94 minus
$25.00 Instant
$48.95 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card =

$271.99 plus

LOGISYS Computer PS550ABK 550Watts ATX12V Power Supply With SATA and 20/24 Pin connectors
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$28.99
-
$9.00 Instant
=
$19.99

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Final: $291.98

How do you think she'll perform? Thanks!

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 29, 2011 12:48:45 AM

How much can you spend total? I ask because the GPU you selected is actually on the left side of the value curve, that is to say that in spending 50-100% more on the GPU you could net, perhaps, 180-250% the performance.
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August 29, 2011 1:24:53 AM

Ok thanks for the input... My highest budget is ~350... The reason I picked that one is because it's part of a combo, so you save ~$60
a b B Homebuilt system
August 29, 2011 1:57:06 AM

I do notice you're buying a DIY kit. You still want to protect your investment and should consider something around 400w from something reliable. You don't want it to crap out on you.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 29, 2011 2:11:17 AM

Logisys, like Diablotec, Aspire, and a few others, makes PSU-shaped objects that should not be connected to delicate electronics (such as a computer) if there is any chance they will be connected to an A/C power source at the same time. I wish I could remember whom to credit this remark to, but they're basically fireworks with an uncertain fuse. Low-end Thermaltakes aren't much better. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch!) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands.
Check the cooler in that combo; I believe it will physically fit an AM3 socket, but it is probably not sufficient to cool a 95W CPU, especially if you unlock/overclock it.
Post your total budget. You'll get some good build ideas.
August 29, 2011 2:20:32 AM

Yeah... I get that... When I said I chose that one because of a combo I was talking about the graphics card, not the psu. Definitely want a quality PSU.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 29, 2011 3:46:56 PM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.

You've already gotten some good advice, but I thought I'd throw a from the ground up budget build out there.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor $65

Mobo: BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $50

PSU: XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $30 (well reviewed PSU. Tom's even gives it a pass.)

RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory $25

Case: Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $35 (again, tom's nod for a cheap case)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $35

DVD drive: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner $19

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $99

The total is $398.88, with $25 savings in promo codes, and $20 rebate. That makes $355, just over your budget! This system will perform better than that build-kit one (way better in games, WAY) and I included the price of a DVD burner in mine.

Cheers!
August 29, 2011 7:50:27 PM

I would suggest you get an XFX HD 6770 GPU
There usually around $120 and would be way better than a HD 6570
August 30, 2011 12:02:09 AM

@striker410 thanks for the suggestions! yeah, like I said, don't need the dvd player :) 

@CyberBuildPC thanks, though I think ill go with the HD 5770, only around $80 - $100 and the 6570 doesn't perform THAT much better (from what I've heard at least - feel free to correct me, i'm new to this) though I would have the budget to throw that in there without the DVD player.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 30, 2011 2:08:21 AM

the 5770 and 6770 perform almost exactly the same, and both are much better than the 6570.
Haha, sorry about the DVD player, I must have missed that the first time.
August 31, 2011 2:08:30 PM

One more question, for now at least (:p ) do you guys think it would be worth it for me to wait 'till Christmas to purchase? As in, do you think there'll be new stuff coming out that will drop the price of the stuff I'm looking at, and I'll have a bigger budget by then... Thanks for any input!
a b B Homebuilt system
August 31, 2011 2:33:21 PM

Well, it all depends. Yes there will be newer stuff out, and yes this stuff will be cheaper HOWEVER, that's always going to be the case! With the cycle of tech, you can bet whatever you buy is going to be at least semi outdated in 3 months. That's just the way it is.

So, it's your call. If you don't want the pc now, then wait. If you want one soon, don't feel guilty! Your call.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 31, 2011 3:24:32 PM

Processor : AMD Phenom II X4 955BE - $119.99
MoBo : ASRock 760GM-GS3 AM3 - $47.99
RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $28.99
Hard Disk : Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm - $30
Optical Drive : $20
Case : $30 - ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply : Corsair CX430 430W - $39.99
GPU : SAPPHIRE 100289VGAL Radeon HD 5670 1GB DDR3 - $54.99

Total : $372 after rebates
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