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Need Advice on Budget Gaming PC

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November 26, 2011 4:00:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of days
Budget Range: Under $350
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: No preference, for the most part
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: No preference
Additional Comments: Building this PC for my step brother, who'll be using it mostly for gaming (mainly Skyrim) and schoolwork.

CURRENT BUILD:

Linkworld 3210-04-C2628 Black/ Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX260OCGMBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PowerColor AX5570 1GBD3-H Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM

CURRENT TOTAL: $347

Any advice regarding better or cheaper parts, or anything else, is welcome! Thanks!

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November 26, 2011 5:03:35 AM

This system will work for your brother to play the game on but he will be limited as to graphic settings. :( 
I might consider a slightly larger power supply just to make sure it can handle the video card. I would take advantage of some of the extreme sales going on right now or look on ebay for a psu that is @ least 450w and preferably 500w. Ive seen them pretty cheap. I have a galaxis 650w modular psu 80+ that I found @ pcdirect for $42.99.
I think the Antec will work for you but psu's aren't as efficient when throttled at their upper ranges.
I have this concern because I bought a Sparkle nvidea gt430 for a prebuilt acer not long ago and ended up having to get a larger psu than my 350w that was in it . I just went with a 500 watt to be sure. I got it for $29.99 @ pc.direct as well.

Quote: If you don't have time to do it right the first time..How will you ever find time to go back and fix it?!?!

Also unless your stuck on amd or something, chek out this killer deal on ebay
[/]custom dual core gaming computer 8g ddr3 and nvidea graphics
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November 26, 2011 5:44:50 AM

That PSU is fine. The 5570 use little power. For that budget, I think you system is great enough. But, if you can spend some money, upgrade to at least 5670 or 6670.
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