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November 5, 2011 8:58:54 PM

Hi, I'm looking for a cheap gaming/home use computer (laptop isn't cutting it anymore). I like MMO's and SC2. Other than that I just need the standard MS office/Programming/streaming/etc. I'm really trying to stay under 600$, including a monitor, so I think about 450 should be what I need to look at (before S/H). Here is what I've come up with (with help from the folks on reddit):

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2csi
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2csi/by_merchant

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar A880G+ Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.45 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH226H 21.5" Monitor ($138.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $575.36
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-11-05 17:48 EDT-0400)

I really just want to see where the bottlenecks are and make sure everything is pretty balanced. I'm a grad student so less money, equal performance is better than equal cost/better performance. Hopefully I'll get something that will be decent for 2-3 years. Thanks in advance

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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2011 10:30:24 PM

gmcizzle said:
If this is going to be your PC for the next 2-3 years I would strongly suggest spending a little more and getting a quad-core. Dual cores are pretty old by now. Something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else looks good though.



This. Getting a dual core isn't really a good option at this point if you want a quality gaming system that will last a while - go for a quad, or even a bit more for the Phenom II X6.

Oh and for video card I'd recommend either one of these over a 460:

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 7, 2011 5:00:44 PM

using a couple bundle deals I found this setup on newegg for just a bit more cash:

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2eJc
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2eJc/by_merchant

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar A880G+ Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.84 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card ($132.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VH226H 21.5" Monitor ($138.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $606.32
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-11-07 13:59 EST-0500)

Is this a pretty huge upgrade?
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2011 5:03:40 PM

Upgrade? That's pretty much getting a new computer at that point.
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November 7, 2011 5:09:26 PM

Hah, I thought so. For another like 30 dollars it seems like this should give me a lot more performance longevity (that so?).
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2011 5:16:02 PM

Yeah that will last you a long time out - much better choices.
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November 7, 2011 5:25:19 PM

One last question, will that 4 GB of ddr-1333 RAM be a bottleneck for the rest of this crap?
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2011 5:35:36 PM

jcr592 said:
One last question, will that 4 GB of ddr-1333 RAM be a bottleneck for the rest of this crap?


I'd increase it to 8GB but you might want to look at the list of compatible RAM to make sure you get some modules that work.

And try this board instead - it's only $30 more but it will last you longer:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 7, 2011 6:58:45 PM

I checked out that motherboard. If I switch I lose a group bundle rate with the video card and a rebate (along with the increase in cost) so I think I'll stick with it for now and upgrade later if needed. I did find a good deal on 8 GB of Corsair RAM for only a few more dollars so I can upgrade that however. I couldn't find online whther G.skill or Corsair is the way to go with AMD but from reading reviews it doesn't seem to make too large a difference. Here is what I think I am going to go with:

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2eS2
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2eS2/by_merchant

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar A880G+ Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.84 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card ($132.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $473.34
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-11-07 15:55 EST-0500)
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 5:03:34 PM

Go for it - that is an excellent build for the price.
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November 8, 2011 5:40:38 PM

I ordered everything last night. I ended up upgrading the video card to a 6850 for another 5$ (newegg has some nice combos) but everything else is the same. Looking forward to getting it put together!
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November 14, 2011 11:14:07 PM

Best answer selected by jcr592.
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