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January 10, 2012 3:16:21 AM

Hey all, I am attempting to build a computer for the first time since I was 10. It was like a pentium 200 with a 8x cd-rom and a tiny hard drive so I could play C:\games\duke3d lol; so its been awhile.

Anyway, my overall goal is essentially a budget gaming PC that can run more modern games like Starcraft 2 or Supreme Commander and Diablo 3 when released at moderate to higher graphics settings without annoyingly low frames per second ( I dont really care about running high on first person shooters like Crysis 2 or battlefield 3). Right now im running sc2 off my previously college-only laptop and get about 1-20 fps max and its making it hard to get anywhere above high plat/low diamond to say the least lol (Justification!)

Anyway, about the build I tried to map out, It'll come out to around 450$ including 64 bit win7 (something about 32 bit not being able to utilize large quantities of RAM properly) and this is all at newegg.com

Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 1Gb DDR3 - 69.99
Kingston 8 GB (2x4) 240 pin DDR3 1333 - 42.99
Recertified Seagate barracuda 40 gig SATA 1.5 Gb/s - 21.99
topower ZU-500W power supply - 28.99
TP link USB 2.0 Wireless adapter - 18.99
Rosewill blackbone black computer case - 39.99
AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3 GHz AM3 triple core + Biostar A880G+ Micro ATX AMD motherboard - 123.99

Other than an optical drive, is there anything else I'm missing? I have a decent monitor (have to check the type of cord to see if its compatable, or just use my TV) and a USB keyboard and mouse. And are there any parts that you would recommend over what ive picked? Also, any general tips or insight would be helpful, as I said, its been awhile lol.

- I do realize that the motherboard has integrated graphics (which suck, thank you laptop) and im assuming I set up the computer to use the radeon through the bios.
- I know that the motherboards PCI-e 2x16 slot can use the 2.1x16 on the radeon, and the pins are matching for the RAM
-I have done a good amount of researching (much of it on this website, but it never hurts to get primary data
- I do not plan on overclocking
- I have no idea what crossfire means ( a la "read this first" section lol)

Thanks!


a b B Homebuilt system
January 10, 2012 8:08:26 AM

Just my opinion, but I would try to save up some more first. That GPU is pretty low end, as is the power supply, hard drive and mobo. If nothing else, upgrade the hard drive and power supply - any 250GB+ SATA 3.0 gb/s or better and maybe an antec earthwatts. Crossfire means having two AMD cards in one system running together.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 10, 2012 8:03:47 PM

Quote:

- I do realize that the motherboard has integrated graphics (which suck, thank you laptop) and im assuming I set up the computer to use the radeon through the bios.


Well first off Biostar makes some absolutely terrible motherboards. And really the integrated graphics probably would be better than the graphics card you've chosen. :lol: 

That GPU is really meant for home theater PCs where you won't be playing games on them anyways.

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Recertified Seagate barracuda 40 gig SATA 1.5 Gb/s - 21.99


Don't use recertified HDs because you won't be able to get warranty service and repairs on them. And 40GB is like nothing. A Windows install alone takes 16GB which is nearly half the hard drive alone.

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topower ZU-500W power supply - 28.99


No - don't get a PSU that cheap and certainly don't get one from a no-name manufacturer like Toppower - that could potentially be disastrous.

Honestly this would be a better combo for the same money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
January 11, 2012 5:54:11 AM

I agree with jbakerlent. It will probably be in your best interest to save up. Maybe you can try something like this.

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $480 before shipping and taxes (if applicable)
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