After buying a 560 ti and finding out my CPU was the bottleneck (Yes, my own fault I should have known a 9350e was not going to hold up with modern games) I've decided to to try and build a new computer as cheaply as possible.
At first I was looking a the FX-4100 processor but everyone says stay away, so I've decided to try and go with the Phenom II 970.
ANYWAY back to the point. In my current setup I've been using the Rosewill RP500-2 for several years and it's worked perfectly, but would it hold up in my new system?
The system would be something like:
AMD Phenom II X4 970
8 gigs of DDR3 1333
GTX 560 Ti
One 500 gb sata drive
Standard dvd rw drive
A micro atx motherboard
My apologies if this come across as stupid or desperate because it sort of is. I'm working with vapors pretty much money wise and am thinking of calling the whole build a PC thing off since I'm rather destitute financially as of right now.
If you don't think my current power supply is up to the job feel free to suggest a cheap one that would work. Though understand that sadly, as unrealistic as it is, any PSU above $40-50 dollars at the minute is probably out of my league.
I'm just trying to build a machine to play SWTOR, SC2 and some future games on as cheaply as possible. I wish I could go back and have gotten a cheaper video card if I had known my PC was the bottle neck and have put the funds towards a new PC.
I would suggest upgrading the psu to a modern efficient unit with the appropriate PCI-E connections and more amps on the 12v rails.
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Doubt your current unit can provide the 30A needed to power the GTX560ti let alone your other components.
I agree with the above poster. I would also go with the FX-4100. For gaming, you won't notice a difference in performance and it saves you money. Also, down the road you can slap on this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-... and overclock it. Lots of people are hitting 4.6GHz, from what I've read.
I'm not completely sure what mother board I'll be getting right this minute. Probably one of the better rated cheap Am3/AM3+ boards that supports the CPU I want.
It would definitely be a money saver to get the FX-4100 as tight of a budget I'm on, so if you think the difference for gaming would be minimal maybe I'll go with that and pick up a PSU instead of getting the Phenom II processor with the money saved.
The only thing is, I've never tried my hand at overclocking so it's not something I plan to mess with for some time until/unless it becomes necessary.
Keep in mind that the Phenom is a much better performer at this time, but in your situation with your budget, and for the games you plan to play.... matched with your video card... I don't think you will see an issue.
Take a look here for an idea of gaming performance vs. a phenom.
Second, do you think this AMD Phenom II X4 960T would out perform the FX-4100 strictly for gaming without without considering overclocking either processor?
Because that Phenom II is on sale for the weekend with 10 dollars off.
I'm just trying to build something on my tight budget that will out perform my 9350e (only 2.00 ghz cores) and will let me play most modern games decently.
Nope i wouldn't use that psu in a modern system.
Old inefficient design = notice the red voltage switch and 72% max efficiency.
The Corsair CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W is a modern unit with 80%(80+) efficiency and APFC.(no red voltage switch)