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First-time Budget Gaming Build, any suggestions?

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December 15, 2011 6:03:53 PM

Hello,

I've recently decided to set out on building my own budget gaming PC (mainly for Star War: The Old Republic) after reading a number of wonderful articles on this excellent site. Would any veteran be able to offer advice/constructive criticism? Are all of the components compatible with each other? Is my PSU sufficient? Also, is it worthwhile to get Windows 7, or is remaining with XP 32-bit fine for SW:TOR? Feedback of all sorts would be greatly appreciated (I apologize if this is the incorrect forum, but I was unable to locate one for sharing builds):

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

GPU: XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

RAM: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Optical Drive: Extracting from current PC

HDD: Ibid

Thanks!
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December 15, 2011 6:25:14 PM

one change and some notes

that CM PSU is not very good. this corsair 500w is solid and cheaper after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you choose to go with AMD then realize they really don't have anything better (gaming wise) then a phenom II x4 CPU. The BD under-delivers compared to the phenom II x4 and hoping piledriver will be competing with intel's latest and greatest (or even their current quads) is not a wise decision based on their lack of CPU grunt from BD and their APUs.

that 770 mobo will not support BD or pilederiver CPUs anyway, you would need a 870 mobo (that supports AM3+) or a 970 (socket AM3+).

as is your parts will work and run the game fine but i would get the corsair PSU over the CM
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December 15, 2011 6:36:50 PM

dirtyferret said:
one change and some notes

that CM PSU is not very good. this corsair 500w is solid and cheaper after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you choose to go with AMD then realize they really don't have anything better (gaming wise) then a phenom II x4 CPU. The BD under-delivers compared to the phenom II x4 and hoping piledriver will be competing with intel's latest and greatest (or even their current quads) is not a wise decision based on their lack of CPU grunt from BD and their APUs.

that 770 mobo will not support BD or pilederiver CPUs anyway, you would need a 870 mobo (that supports AM3+) or a 970 (socket AM3+).

as is your parts will work and run the game fine but i would get the corsair PSU over the CM


Thanks for your assessment dirtyferret, really appreciate it. I'll definitely go with your recommended CPU, and I have indeed heard similar criticisms of the new AMD line, very interesting.

A few more questions, if i may:
1) Will I be able to use my XP disk and code on this new computer if my current one will be trashed? My current PC was from cyberpowerpc.com (won't make that mistake again :p ), and I assume that my XP is locked to my motherboard. Any way I can salvage it, or must i buy a new OEM OS?
-Even if I can reuse it, do you think Windows XP 32-bit is sufficient for The Old Republic, or should I spend the Benjamin on Windows 7 64-bit OEM?
2) My HDD is a few years old, and very dusty. What's the average lifespan? Should I just invest a bit in a new one, or ride it 'till it crashes?
EDIT: 3) If I do indeed stay with XP 32-bit, does it matter if I have 8gbs even though it only recognizes 3, maybe 4g tops? The 8gb won't harm it or mess anything up, will it?

Thanks.
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December 15, 2011 6:49:05 PM

Kuzri said:
Thanks for your assessment dirtyferret, really appreciate it. I'll definitely go with your recommended CPU, and I have indeed heard similar criticisms of the new AMD line, very interesting.

A few more questions, If i may:
1) Will I be able to use my XP disk and code on this new computer if my current one will be trashed? My current PC was from cyberpowerpc.com (won't make that mistake again :p ), and I assume that my XP is locked to my motherboard. Any way I can salvage it, or must i buy a new OEM OS?
-Even if I can reuse it, do you think Windows XP 32-bit is sufficient for The Old Republic, or should Ispend the Benjamin on Windows 7-OEM?
2) My HDD is a few years old, and very dusty. What's the average lifespan? Should I just invest a bit in a new one, or ride it 'till it crashes?

Thanks.


1) not sure as I've never used a cyberpower/ibuypower PC. If the disk is similar to a recovery disk that mass PC sellers like HP, Acer, dell use then the answer is no you can't use it. If it is an OEM CD then yes you can use it again, you may need to call MS and tell them you installed a new HDD on your old PC to get a new key. Whichever it may be, I would get a copy of win7 64bit anyways. well worth it for various reasons including gaming, security, RAM, etc., Newegg has is on sale every few weeks at $80.

2) ive seen working (non-DOA) HDD go in six months and some six years old and working like new. As long as the HDD does not sound like a cement mixer when in use and has plenty of storage space, I would re-use it. Especially with the current prices of HDD, they should drop to pre-flood prices by the spring. One option for you would be to get a SSD drive for around $80-100 (usually 60G) and install the new OS on it.
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December 15, 2011 6:52:34 PM

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December 15, 2011 7:00:01 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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