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Feb 2012 $400 Super Budget Build Radeon 6790

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February 8, 2012 9:28:23 PM

Hey guys, I'm back with some more builds for you. I decided to focus on a better GPU this month.

Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz Sandy Bridge CPU ($51.99)
Biostar H61MGC LGA 1155 ($49.99) ($4.99 shipping)
Powercolor Radeon HD 6790 ($129.99)
Crucial 4GB DDR3 1333 MHz ($22.99)
Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD 7200RPM ($69.99)
Rosewill R218-M-BK mATX Computer Case with 450w PSU ($49.99) ($4.99 shipping)
LG 22x DVD Burner ($15.99)

Total = $390.93 + $9.98 shipping

Again, any advice/tip/comments appreciated. If you have a bigger budget, check my signature for the other builds.
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February 10, 2012 12:10:13 PM

The bad part about that Gigabyte MB is that if you are using a dual slot vid card it covers 2 of the 4 SATA connections on the board so if you have more than one HD and Optical, even with a right angle SATA cable, it can still cause issues. The biostar board will only have 1 of the 4 covered.

Personally I would spend an extra $5 and go for this MB: ASRock H61M-VS

It has much better layout with the sata connections than the previous 2 boards.
February 10, 2012 12:18:27 PM

Intel Celeron just has a bad ring to it.
February 10, 2012 12:24:34 PM

They actually beat almost all of the AMD lineup in gaming performance.

February 10, 2012 12:30:37 PM

I don't see a Celeron in that list :lol: 
February 10, 2012 12:34:23 PM

;)  I think it was more of a technical glitch or a typo
February 10, 2012 12:35:22 PM

There's a Pentium G860 and a Pentium G630 - where's the Celeron?

edit: got ninja'd
February 10, 2012 12:37:30 PM

Point being, do we know Sandy Bridge Celeron is comparable to Sandy Bridge Pentium or i3? Or actually my point was that Celeron is a brand name not usually associated with gaming --
February 10, 2012 12:40:48 PM

True, the Celerons are typically not associated with higher end functions or gaming, but with these new Celeron processors based on the Sandy Bridge architecture, they are able to accomplish much higher performance.

I'm at work, so it might take me a little bit, but I'll see if I can dig up where I saw the reviews for the G860, but it is very similar to the i3-2100 only without the hyperthreading.
February 10, 2012 12:43:06 PM

Yeah, I know about the G860 which is a Pentium branded CPU. I haven't seen any reviews on Celeron branded SB chips. They're bound to be the lowest binned silicon.