Since some of my friends said i can get a good gaming pc just above $500 i thought i try it so heres my budget build: i need a GPU and a case so ~200 + ~100 for the case
so any suggestions would be nice.
Case: In progress GPU: In progess CPU: Phenom II x4 955BE Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold Memory/Ram: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Optical: Asus 24x Burner HDD: Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB 7200
Additional notes: I'm am not going higher than $650
but want to go lower if possible without hurting the performance to much
Ps. Watts are for comparison to your choice (650w). Of course, your gpu will affect what wattage you'll get in the end. All these models should be available in lower and higher wattages, depending on what you need.
Assuming you're system uses 500w on average.
-bronze (50% capacity) @85% efficiency means your psu draws ~588w from the wall to provide your 500w
-gold (50% capacity) @90% efficiency means your psu draws ~555w from the wall to provide the similar 500w
The bronze wastes an extra 33 watts to provide a similar output of 500w. (of course you're not always at 50% capacity. Sometimes lower sometimes higher, but difference is still about 5%). How much is 33 watts? Well here in los angeles, if i'm not mistaken, it's 18.5cents per kilowatt hour. This means for every 1000watts/hr i pay 18.5 cents. That comes out to 0.033 kwh, multiplied by 18.5 cents = 0.61 of a cent( note thats NOT 61 cents, that's 0.61 of A cent.) if you use your computer at that rate for 10 hours, that only comes out to 6.1 cents. It's easy to figure out that the $40-50 premium on the gold is not worth it.
agree with the overkill PSU. Something lower budget but still good quality like corsair GS series or Antec's Earthwatts series would be something to look for. Forget people who tell you to wait for bulldozer, it wont be cheap when its released and it wont be great for games. a phenom 955 can run BF3 smoothly. Grapphics card to play on medium to high settings smoothly at 1080p would be a gtx460 or amd 6850 or better.
many people waiting for bulldozer but it won't be the best at all.amd phenom 955,965,980 also gain better fps in most games with a decent gpu.go for 6870 better,cheaper and faster and it's suite with your other specs...