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FINALIZING ~500$ Gaming/Streaming Build

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November 21, 2011 10:37:16 PM

OK GUYS! Final build time. Review the build RIGHT after this paragraph. You may look below it to see my specs so far.

i5 2400 - 150$ [...] id=0354590
BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 50$ [...] 6813138332
Graphics Card-
HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - 105$ [...] 6814161387
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - 20$
Corsair 430w - 35$ [...] omoid=1282
HDD+DVD Combo-
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
WITH 24x DVD burner- 99$
Coolermaster Elite 370- 32$

FINAL PRICE- 491$ Not including rebates/taxes/shipping

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so basically, NOW

Budget Range: 500-550$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Editing, Screen Capture, Other

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Speaker, OS, MAYBE hard drive (Waiting for price to drop)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX, Microcenter, anything else.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Up to you guys

Overclocking: If you guys recommend, otherwise probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, though I have a lesser resolution monitor.
Ok guys. Take two. Time is getting close, and I need to decide on a build. Here I present two builds, one from me and another from calguyhunk. Could you guys do me a favor and decide/edit the builds and see which one is the best?

My build:
IceTee said:


BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 50$


i5 2400 - 150$


i5 2320 - 175$

Graphics Card

HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - 105$


No idea yet, but I want a 4gb RAM. Not sure which one to get.


Corsair 430w - 35$

Samsung 22x OEM- 17$


Coolermaster Elite 370- 32$

FINAL (Without Rebates): 419-444$

I don't have an HDD yet, so add about 100$ to that price :\

And here is calguyhunk's build:
calguyhunk said:

CPU+Mobo: $140 AMD Phenom IIX4 970+Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+


HDD: $95 Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s. I'm trying hard not to recommend 320GB drives at $100 :ouch: 

GPU: $160 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870

PSU: $65 SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W

Case: $32 COOLER MASTER Elite 370 - In your link.

TOTAL: $524 after rebates+Shipping. This will pawn any of the other proposed builds by a factor of a million to one. What's more, some amount of OC'ing comes as a bonus :bounce: 

Corsair, Gigabyte, Cooler Master, Sapphire, Western Digital. Don't think you're gonna better that for either FPS or reliability at the price point, I don't think :) 

So which one is better? I'm working on a limited time frame.

November 22, 2011 12:08:06 AM

And oh yeah a few things, I'll mostly be playing SC2, thinking of playing Battlefield 3 in the near future. Will be streaming/fraps-ing, so some guy recommended me quad core. I hear AMD is bad compared to Intel in general too. Since SC2 isn't that demanding, could I sacrifice graphics quality for a better processor?
November 22, 2011 7:16:29 PM

Bump :( 
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November 22, 2011 8:01:05 PM

I'd go with the build with better graphics.
November 22, 2011 8:11:05 PM

I would go with the 970
November 22, 2011 8:31:51 PM

Do you guys have any reasons? People say AMD's aren't that good, and I want a reliable build. I'm mainly playing SC2 (Not so demanding), so I don't need such a good graphics card (can up later). I do plan on streaming, which another guy recommended my the i5 and another recommended me the Phenom.
November 22, 2011 8:33:24 PM

I dont think you will tax either CPU playing SC2 or streaming, so go with the cheaper option... just my opinion :)  good luck!
November 22, 2011 8:36:15 PM

Thanks :)  Does anyone have any recommendations on HDDs? 320gb is fine, but doesnt anyone know any more bout it?
November 23, 2011 12:40:47 AM

Editing the OP for the final build. Can you guys review it?
November 23, 2011 7:52:55 AM

I'm just afraid you won't be happy with a 6770 on your gaming machine.
November 23, 2011 8:01:00 AM

+1 on the 6870.
November 23, 2011 9:06:32 AM

FinneousPJ said:
I'm just afraid you won't be happy with a 6770 on your gaming machine.

Can't the 6770 run most modern games on medium/high on 1080p?
November 23, 2011 9:45:19 AM

Just get the 6870. Seriously. Gaming is more GPU bound than CPU.
November 23, 2011 9:54:26 AM

cutebeans said:
Just get the 6870. Seriously. Gaming is more GPU bound than CPU.

Well I want to stream my game (streaming, as in not watching netflix streaming, but STREAMING my screen). Also I couldn't possibly fit that into my budget at all, and what people have been saying is that the AMD is not good.
November 23, 2011 10:11:06 AM

Then just get the 6770. Why ask for opinions you won't listen to since you already have a desicion made. Reassurance topics are hard.