Cheap gaming build (500-600€)

Approximate Purchase Date: December
Budget Range: 500-600€

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (FPS/RPG), surfing the internet

Parts Not Required:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Hard disk, GPU (asus engtx460 DirectCU TOP)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, (both in finnish)

Country of Origin: Finland

Parts Preferences: Little bigger case for future and good PSU (size and quality)

Overclocking: Yes / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: next upgrade/remake in 2-3 years (?)

I am thinking a cheap AMD system since GPU will hold me back more in FPS games and I am not going to change it soon. Not sure if SLI 460 is good option or not (and they seem to starting to disapear, additional asus 460 would be 139.9€ now ). Not sure how SLI would work with diffrent 460 since its factory OC one.

AMD phenom II x4 955BE 109€

ASUS-M5A78L-760G AMD3+ 68.9€

Corsair XMS3 PC3-12800 4GB kit (2x2GB) DDR3 CL9 29.9€

Nexus Prominent 9 case 78.9€

Chieftec 750W power (CFT-750-14CS) 82€

Cheap DVD-RW ~20€
Windows 7 home premium 64bit OEM 99€
2 case fans ~20€

Total 507.7€

I have no idea how good that motherboad is, one option is go to:
AsRock 970 Extreme4 AM3+ board (SLI support)

but it costs 110€ and not totaly sure if going sli is a good idea. And if that board is picked what memory will work with that board (kingston hyperX, corsair vengeance, G.Skill ripjaws or what).

Thank you in advance.
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  1. I'm honestly not too fond of AMD builds, but I will refuse to knock them :).

    Here is a suggestion, that may run you slightly more, because I don't have a Euro conversion chart at the moment.

    But for gaming, as it was put out to me, look for 8GB RAM at least.

    Here is a suggestion:

    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) --- 49.99 USD

    Should be more than plenty for what you want to do and both cards have heat sinks built into the top of them to allow better ventilation. :D
  2. Terve,

    the CPU is great. I'd probably go for 8 GB RAM since it's cheap:

    The ASRock 970 is my personal price/perf favorite, so I'd take that.

    You don't need a more expensive PSU than this: even with 460 SLI.

    I'm not going to comment on the case since that's more personal preference than anything.

    EDIT: wrong RAM linked earlier
  3. evgarunner:

    Running C2D E6750@3.0 atm and I would be happy to make i5 system, I just can't fit all nice things to my budget (100-200 more and...) so I thought to make a cheap system and use parts of it to make a better one in 2-3years.

    Kingston HyperX 2x4GB, DDR3 1600MHz, CL9 works with that AsRock board?
    I rather go over board with PSU since I don't know what the next build is going to be after this one.
  4. From my experience Kingston works with anything.


    Sell your 460 and get this: CrossFire later, that PSU is built for it :sol:
  5. Noone has anything good or bad to say about ASUS-M5A78L-760G or 760G boards in general?
  6. How good two diffrent 460 run in sli mode, (since the asus I own seems to be out of stock )?
  7. It's hard to guess. What card are you looking at? I thought there was still 460s at
  8. FinneousPJ said:
    It's hard to guess. What card are you looking at? I thought there was still 460s at

    Not anymore, was still yesterday but... kinda destroys idea for SLI 460 option on this build. :pfff:
  9. Then I'll repeat my suggestion of 6950 with CrossFire in mind for the future ;)
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