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Minor Gaming & Video Editing Build for ~$350 - Need Help

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September 3, 2011 5:04:20 AM

I have been debating on building a new PC for about a year. I want it to do some minor gaming (Tiger Woods PGA Tour, TES4 Oblivion, etc) and for video editing when I convert my VHS's to DVDs.

My budget is about 350, and the rig I have come up with that will give a good bang for the buck is as follows (looked at Newegg, but I will try any vendor):

MOBO: BioStar A870U3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: GSkill RipJaws 8gb (2 x 4GB) DDR3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EA-500D 500W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: PNY GeForce GT240

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Athlon X3 3.1 Ghz AM3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(I have a case, heatsink and copy of Windows 7)

I also don't know if building a PC is worth it for this work though. I have an HP laptop (2.2Ghz Pentium Dual-Core, 4GB DDR2, Shared Graphics), but I think it would be more beneficial and a better investment to go with a new PC.

Should I deal with the laptop or go with the new?

Thanks for the advice!!!
September 3, 2011 5:37:31 AM

How about something like this

CPU:Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:HIS H667FS1G Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$353.91 + $1.99 Shipping - $10 rebate

Should provide better overall performance and better gaming performance as well
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 3, 2011 8:10:26 AM

@ above

+1. Thats an excellent build!

Just I'd change that PSU with a Corsair CX430. Costs $24.99 after rebates on newegg.

@ OP

Dont you need a HDD?
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
September 3, 2011 10:26:15 AM

how about a build that actually has a HDD?

AMD Llano A8 2.9 GHz APU + Corsair 4 GB DDR3-1600: $164.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Seagate Barracuda 500 GB Drive + Sony 24x DVD: $53.48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AS Rock A75M-HVS Motherboard: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek 400W Power Supply: $34.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill R-102 Micro ATX case: $24.99 w/ Promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$348.39

Shipping is only $6.77
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 3, 2011 10:39:23 AM

Processor : AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W - $75
MoBo : ASRock 760GM-GS3 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $48
Graphics Card : Galaxy 50SGH8HX3QMZ GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) GC Version 1GB 128-bit DDR5 - $79.99 (after mail in
rebates)
Hard Disk : Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATAIII - $40
DVD R/W : LG - $20
RAM : Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $24
PSU : Corsair CX430 - $25 (after mail in rebates)
Case : Cheapo - $20

Total : $342 after rebates

You could save some $10 by finding combo's at newegg. I can't as I'm on Mobile.
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September 3, 2011 1:34:47 PM

Thanks for all the help guys. As I said below the parts list, I have a case, hard drive (NOT heatsink), and copy of Windows 7). So, I can actually take some parts off and it would probably be way below budget.

@ScrewySqrl What is so special about the new Llano's?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 3, 2011 1:48:05 PM

Nothing.

Their integrated GPUs aren't as powerful as discrete ones.
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September 3, 2011 5:46:12 PM

008Rohit said:
Nothing.

Their integrated GPUs aren't as powerful as discrete ones.



They actually are. They perform equally to entry level discrete GPUs if not better.(HD 6450 and GT 520)

But if u consider the CPU part of the equation then its a different story.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 3, 2011 5:50:17 PM

Now who wants to game at 1024x768 at low settings with a low end GPU?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2011 2:08:13 AM

actually, Llano A8 with its built in 6550d will play most games at high settings (maybe not Ultra) at 1680x1050, at 30-45 fps.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 4, 2011 5:22:43 AM

Ohh seriously?

I saw something else in the benchmarks...



It pulls 35 FPS at low quality at 1680x1050. Not that good!
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2011 12:04:22 PM

indeed DDR3-1600 is the best choice, generally a big boost over 1333, while 1600 to 1866 is less of a boost.

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 4, 2011 12:11:27 PM

H61 supports DDR3 1600?

If not, can I overclock my existing 1333 to 1600?
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2011 12:23:43 PM

H61 doesn't, but you can improve your timings, some boards (AS Rock, Gigabyte, Asus) can manually 'overclock' to 1600
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 4, 2011 3:17:07 PM

Okay, thanks. I'm stuck with the intel board.
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