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January 24, 2012 3:10:19 AM

I want to build the most powerful gaming pc I can buy for $560

I will be using this case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and I already have a hard drive, dvd drive and windows 7.
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2012 3:12:16 AM

at the top of the forum is a thread about how to ask for advice

if you dont already own that case I suggest you dont buy it . Toms gave it an award for being cheap . It might have been the best they could find under $50 [ at the time ] but they also mentioned it was too lightly built and the plastic wasnt well made .

They wished they could have fit an Antec 300 into their budget build

And right now the Cooler Master 430 Elite is $40 , and its also WAY better than the challenger
January 24, 2012 3:15:53 AM

Approx Purchase Date: 2 weeks from today

Budget Range: 560

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard and mouse, speakers, hard drive, dvd drive, and windows

Preferred website: Newegg

System Usuage: Gaming
Country: USA FL

SLI or Crossfire: No idea what the difference is.

Parts Preferences: Thermaltake powersupply. Everything else no preference

overclocking: I probably wont be doing this.

monitor: 1080 lcd tv


Additional comments: I didnt buy that case yet and my price range for a case is $50. Is that too low? What would you recommend?




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January 24, 2012 3:35:56 AM

Check the $800 build in my sig. Drop the parts you already have and it should cost around $600. If you really cant afford the extra ~$40, get a Core i3 2120 instead of the i5 2400.

A few things.

Rosewill products, while they are decent, feel quite cheap. If you really want that case, get the U3 version, with USB 3.0 support. If not, I'd suggest looking at the NZXT 210 Tempest (has USB 3.0 front panel), Antec 300 or CM HAF 912. All cost in the region of $55-60.

Why Thermaltake? It's an average brand. Not necessary known for making crappy products, but not necessarily known for good products either. Go for the reputed brands on the PSU (Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, OCZ, XFX etc).
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2012 3:36:09 AM


CM 430 elite $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 $145 [ after rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM $68 [ with shipping]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$564
January 24, 2012 3:39:18 AM

Just a note, most Thermaltake PSU's are crap and I wouldn't even consider buying one. On the other hand SeaSonic is one of the best.
Outlander did a nice job on that system, so no reason to post another.
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2012 3:41:25 AM

andrewcarr said:
Just a note, most Thermaltake PSU's are crap and I wouldn't even consider buying one. On the other hand SeaSonic is one of the best.
Outlander did a nice job on that system, so no reason to post another.


Thermaltake were once a great manufacturer of psu's but they havent really kept up .
That seasonic is a very good unit and the price is excellent
January 24, 2012 3:56:57 AM

Outlander_04 said:
CM 430 elite $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 $145 [ after rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM $68 [ with shipping]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



$564




Would this setup be able to run Crysis 2 maxed out?
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $16

Also what would the processor be on par with in terms of i5 and i7 processors?
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2012 4:05:23 AM

andynov123 said:
Would this setup be able to run Crysis 2 maxed out?
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $16

Also what would the processor be on par with in terms of i5 and i7 processors?


No .

To max run Crysis on highest settings and hit 60 frames per second all the time you are going to be spending double that amount. At least .
The i5 and i7's cost a lot more because they are faster . So are the motherboards


You can expect the build I suggested to play it at gamer settings and get 45- 50 fps . Perfectly playable , and IMO the best value for your money


a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2012 4:33:57 AM

Check out my $600 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Since you don't need an HDD that'll save you about $45 so you'll only be spending about $550.

Plus it sports the i5 2400 and the 6870 with a Antec Neo Eco 520.
January 24, 2012 4:50:07 AM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my $600 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Since you don't need an HDD that'll save you about $45 so you'll only be spending about $550.

Plus it sports the i5 2400 and the 6870 with a Antec Neo Eco 520.




Is that setup more powerful than the setup Outlander posted? Also what if I wanted a 3d ready graphics card for my 3d tv. Will I be paying way more to have a just as good graphics card as the one you posted?
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2012 5:03:04 AM

IMO, yes it would be. The i5 2400 absolutely crushes the FX chips even the 8150 is a little bit challenged with the i5 2400.
955 vs i5 2400
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/363?vs=88
Keep in mind the 955 is better than the 4100 if not similar. So the i5 2400 beats it by a long shot.

If you want 3D graphics I'd be hesitant run it on anything lower than the 6950.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tridef-stereoscopic...
Though THG seems to have done fine with the 2500K + 6970, I'd say that the i5 2400 + 6950 1GB or 2GB is a minimum for running 3D.

I don't think 3D is really a big deal, the glasses just end up getting in the way but it's up to you. I'd just recommend getting at least the 6950 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 24, 2012 7:55:55 PM

I just realized something. That squidoo article http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
for the $600 budget computer. It has a micro atx motherboard and the Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. Isn't this incompatible. I thought you couldn't put a micro atx motherboard in a atx case?
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2012 10:47:33 PM

Yes you can, to clarify. If a case is bigger wouldn't it make sense that the smaller things can fit in it? Think of it like a box, you can put smaller boxes with in the larger one.

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