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Ye Ol' Budget Gamer - Looking for Input on Build

Last response: in Systems
September 19, 2011 5:43:10 PM

Hello all. First post here.

I've been looking into building a desktop PC for the first time, with the aim of mid-level gaming capabilities for a decent price. I primarilly intend to use it for Starcraft II, and SWtoR when it releases, so nothing too demanding. I am not looking for face-melting graphics. Just in need of a fast, responsive system that can play these games at a solid frame rate without dropping way low, for example, in 4v4 match ups on SCII.

Here is what I put together:
(from newegg)

GPU -- XFX Radeon HD 6670 HD-667X-ZAF3 Video Card

MEMORY -- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

MOBO -- ASUS M4A87TD EVO ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU -- AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX

STORAGE -- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

PSU -- RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W Modular LED Power Supply

CASE -- Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

TOTAL PRICE -- ~$540

I wanted to post to ensure that all of these parts are compatible.

Any input/criticism/advise from more experienced builders would be much appreciated. Trying to keep the price around $500, so if anyone has any suggestions as to cost/efficiency that would be awesome.

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September 19, 2011 6:24:50 PM

I'd get an AM3+ mobo for upgradeability. I have a 555 and some games seem to need a quad core, namely GTA4 doesn't run properly. I bought it while waiting on Bulldozer - if you're not planning to get a BD immediately I suggest you buy an X4.

Oh yea you don't need a 600+W PSU. 400W is enough.
September 19, 2011 6:47:37 PM

Def get rid of the raidmax PSU. Look at the 500W builders from corsair, Antec Earthwatts 650 if you feel you want more power.
By all means, get an AM3+ motherboard if going AMD. AM3 is a dead end. I'd find room in the budget for the HD 6850.
September 19, 2011 6:58:07 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
September 19, 2011 8:01:47 PM

Glad i posted on here. Thanks for all the input so far.

Any specific suggestions for the mobo and processor? Definitely going AMD for cost reasons.