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First Budget Build <$500

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February 11, 2012 4:34:20 PM

Hi all! :hello:  Thanks for any advice or comments from experience. This will be my first build and my goal is just to have a home tower with enough power to run HoN, Diablo3, SC2, and Sims3 at least and hopefully BF3 at 30fps on mediumish settings at best. If this is unrealistic with my current combo please say so, but my budget has been hovering around $450 before I slap on a monitor which isn't included in my budget here.

Thanks again!

Approximate Purchase Date: This week 2/12-18
Budget Range: Sub $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home use, gaming (HoN, Dota2, SC2, Diablo3, BF3 if possible)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon preferred, but newegg and others welcome if big savings are there.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, Radeon gpu, LGA1155 mobo (no Biostar)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not included in my build cost unless you know of a great deal less than $100. Currently between: 1366x768, 1440x900, 1600x900, 1920x1080 [18.5-22"]
Should I be worrying about any of these resolutions with Radeon 5670 or 5770 gpu?

Additional Comments: Cost first, quality second, but not so far as to get a crappy psu or mobo. Please advise and thanks for your time!

ALSO! :??:  OS must be included in my budget since I don't have a copy myself...
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Current Build
I'm showing 2 options of GPUs currently. If you feel I'd be better served with another please feel free to suggest it. Obviously if I had the budget for it I'd get a $120-170 gpu with better everything to match, but I'm keeping GPU <$100.

CPU: Intel G530 2.4GHZ 1155 Processor

GPUa: Used Sapphire Radeon 5670
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GPUb: Used Sapphire Radeon 5770

Mobo: ASRock h61m-vs Micro ATX

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 160gb

RAM: Kingston HyperX 2x2gb RAM

PSU: Corsair CX430W 80+ Certified

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 w/Window

Op. Drv: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive... Some Sony Optical Drive... Is there a difference?

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 Bit



Total With GPUa: $467.06

Total With GPUb: $497.06

All told I'd rather go with something closer to $460. If you know how I can shave off $10 on a similar PSU or $10 by recommending another decent and cheap case please do!

Thanks for looking!

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February 11, 2012 6:29:10 PM

You are not going to be happy with the results of the build. In essence you will be wasting your money. The mobo is a 61 series and is not going to hold up well and gives no future. The blue hdd is not what you want and 160gb isn't going to last long. The video is going to be hard pressed to run BF3 at low.

Save your money. Focus on an i3 system to save money but even then you are going to come in around $700 (atm) to build something worth spending your money on.
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February 12, 2012 2:37:42 PM

Thanks for the response, I know I'm not going to get anything amazing here. Even if I'd like to I don't have to get BF3 results from this build so thanks for the honesty, but it seems like it should be able to run the rest of everything I had posted comfortably. SC2, Diablo3, Sims3, and HoN/Dota2 are really my priorities for gaming.

I've been happy with my 160gb drive on another pc. I'm really not a high content user.

If I go for another 1155 mobo that would support an i3 or i5 what would you suggest? I'm not against doing my own research, but you seem to already have a decent idea already.
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February 12, 2012 4:19:22 PM

how much money do you want to allocate to the mobo?
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February 12, 2012 4:42:28 PM

mobo ~$120 if i'm going to boost my budget to $600-$700.

from what i've read it sounded like a P67 would be a decent board for my price range of sandy bridge stuff. newegg has a MIR deal on a Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 that get's it to $99.

coincidentally i also found a $89 Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb hdd from SuperBiiz. any experience with SuperBiiz or Samsung hdds?
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