Just wanted to get some opinions on this PC I just recently built. Contrary to what the thread title above says, I know this won't be able to handle many of the newer games, but I'm just hoping to use this for everyday work with light gaming here and there. And if I did chose to game I would only be playing games like COD4, Halo, Starcraft II, etc. I haven't tested out the computer yet, but how far do you think I can push this computer? (ex. what is the most graphic intensive game do you think this PC can handle? what settings?)
If you think there might be a problem or something I could improve on, please feel free let me know what you guys think. I'm not on a strict $400 budget, I simply wanted to challenge myself to make the the best PC I could with the least amount of $$$.
I understand what you mean by the 9600 GSO being WAY obsolete, it was only $15 but it seems to have some DECENT performance (In comparison to any GT210, HD 6450, etc.) . haha But yes definitely need to upgrade the graphics. I was actually looking at an XFX Radeon HD 5750 for $75 (After $30 rebate), do you think this would give me some good bang for my buck? The performance should be similar (slightly less) to that of the HD 6770, am I correct?
Also, would you please mind linking me to where I can find said ASUS AM3+ motherboard for $58? I can't seem to find anything like that when I first looked. $55 was the cheapest.
& I totaled up the costs of the computer and it actually came down to $335 before taxes/shipping. Wow.
Seems as though a $396 PC will be a step up.
yeah, screwy's build will run them, but I don't think that triple core AMD is powerful enough to run BF3 and other upcoming resource hog games comfortably. The i3 2100 on the other hand beats AMD's quad cores in gaming.
that core i3 build by 008Rohit is a good build, you could do the same build for the same price with a phenom x4 955 and an amd motherboard. you will be kicking yourself if you get anything less than a gts450 or 5770/6770 vid card. Also wouldnt opt for anything less than a quad core with exception of the i3 2100.
Not sure if anyone cares, but I just wanted to say that I went ahead with the building in my original post (~ $335) and I must say that I think it was the way to go, in a price vs. performance perspective.
For everyday use (office + web), the computer is always as fast as lightning. For gaming on the other hand, I was able to run most games (APB COD4, Halo etc.) smoothly on at least medium settings at a decent resolution.
Thank you all for your input, however, I didn't go with the i3-2100 build solely due to cost as the i3 CPU + mobo surely costs more than Quad-core AMD AM3 configuration. I know this build has potential to be much better; a better GPU would increase the performance by alot, so the money I didn't spend on the Intel i3 CPU will go towards that in the future.
I am from Canada, so I have purchased all my parts from TigerDirect.ca in case anyone was wondering. If anyone happens to come by to read this thread, I recommend all the parts that I've used for a quality budget PC (excluding the obsolete GPU) so I hope this short thread will help others as well.
I'm having a little trouble with this PC now, where the computer lags/freezes randomly. This problem occurs "mostly" during the time when I am playing games, where the display acts up (fuzzy, freezes, weird colors, etc.). Like I said, this will happen randomly, such as when the game first boots, 5-10 minutes in or maybe only after 2 hours of game play. This will happen about once or twice per day now.
Also, occasionally during normal office/web use, the screen will flicker and I get a message saying that the driver has crashed and recovered itself... which I'm not TOO concerned about.. but it is a little annoying.
Initially, I thought I had a defective Graphics Card... so I tried installing a new EVGA 9800GT, but the exact problem still persisted. So I'm pretty convinced that it's not a graphics card thing, but maybe a driver issue? I've only used the newest driver from nVidia's website.
My case has good cable management with three (3) 120mm fans (1 front intake, 2 rear/top exhaust), which always blow out cool air so I don't think it's a overheating issue either. I also believe that my computer specs are quite capable of running these components. Am I wrong?
If anyone knows what I can do to fix this issue, it would be very much appreciated.