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Crappy Budget Build? What can this build actually play?


MSI 970A-G45 AMD 9 Series AM3+ ($100)


AMD Phenom II X6 1035T ($145)


Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3 (1333MHz) ($27)

Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti ($115)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB ($100)

Optical Drive

Lite-On Internal 24x CD/DVD Drive ($18)


Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ($35)

Power Supply

Cooler Master eXtreme 500 Watt ($35)

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  1. Everything. May be sometimes you have to lower the settings to medium, but games are still very playable.

    Seriously, it is not too bad. Love your build and it loves you back.
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    I hope you haven't yet bought this. You can do better by getting an X4 955 and putting the extra cash into a 6850, $130 after rebate:
    With those in the box, it'll run the most demanding modern games on high settings (Crysis 2, BF3; far from the highest settings, but quite pretty) and will max less-demanding ones (SC2, WoW). I consider maxing to be 60fps.
    Ya, this is quite a decent build.
  3. i would 2nd that.

    get a quad core rather than a hex and spend the extra $$$ on the vid card.
  4. You can get a lot more performance than that for under $600. Just check my sig :)
  5. Thanks guys. Zero; why would you recommend the 2100 over the 955? Just curious.
  6. 2 reasons.

    1. Cheaper platform. $60 can get you a decent H61 motherboard which will be compatible even if you wanna drop in a i7 2600 later. A decent 970 motherboard with AM3+ support costs $90+

    2. The i3 is stronger on stock settings. The 955 pulls ahead when overclocked, but the stock cooler is crappy, meaning you have to invest in a aftermarket cooler to really see a difference in performance (push it towards 3.6GHz+).

    So going with the 955 will give you marginally better performance, but you have to pay ~$60 more for it, which is probably not worth the gain in terms of performance alone.

    However, you will get other perks such as multi card support, USB 3.0, SATA 3 and faster RAM which would probably make it worthwhile.
  7. The 550ti is a piece of trash the rest of the build looks fine but perhaps get a Phenom II x4 instead.
  8. Best answer selected by TheSecludedRabbit.
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