Sign-in / Sign-up
Your question

Need advice on budget gaming pc

Tags:
  • New Build
  • Systems
Last response: in Systems
February 20, 2012 7:29:45 PM

This will be my first desktop in a long time, mostly use and will continue to use laptop for everything else. This is primarily to play games.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 days

Budget Range: $600-$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: nicx.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: doesn't matter

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: Just going to be used for gaming: BF 3, Skyrim, Star Wars KOTOR, Diablo 3, Star Trek Online

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CASE: LIAN LI PC-A05FNB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $89.99

CPU & MOBO: NCIX Gaming Bundle AMD Phenom II X4 960 CPU & ASUS M5A97 Motherboard & Coolermaster Hyper 101A HSF $199.99

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E Video Card $149.99

PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze $89.99

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit $41.99

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD $89.98

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $19.99

Total comes to $681.92

My question is will this set up play the games that I want to play at MAX settings well? Also, are these parts compatible together? Is there anything you would substitute to get better results/lower price? Your input is appreciated.

More about : advice budget gaming

February 20, 2012 8:22:28 PM

It is good, but for not much more (10$) you can get 6870 instead of 6850. Like this Gigabyte:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58226&vpn=GV-R687OC-1GD&m...

Case is nice, but just a bit too expensive for your budget. If you can try to get Xigmatek Asgard 1 or Asgard 2, or some Thermaltake V4. But it will work.

750w for PSU is waaaaay too much for a single gpu, especially if not OCed. Try this:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63991&vpn=EA430D%20Green&...

or if you want to be on a safe side:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=47698&vpn=EA500D-Green&ma...

(why they don't bundle power cable is beyond me)

Ram, DVD and HDD are OK.

Get Intel Sandy bridge. Simply unbeatable.

Now MOBO:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63714&vpn=P8Z68-V%20LX&ma...

It is good and stable, but since you are not OCing, you don't need anything much more fancy.
It seems there is an offer if you buy this mobo you can get some case cheaper: (Save $40 on a Corsair Graphite Series 600TM Case when purchased with selected motherboards and video cards! )

And my favourite bestbuy CPU (that won't be OCed): i5 2400

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57964&vpn=BX80623I52400&m...

If there is money left get an 64gb SSD and install Windows on it.

Honestly, this is more or less configuration recommended by Tom's (but I recommend z68 motherboard):

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

With this, you can play everything on MAX especially if on 1920x1080. Yes, including Crysis.

Enjoy!
m
0
l
February 20, 2012 8:49:06 PM

Remove the OS from this build and = $621 before rebates. Sub your case if you prefer.

Update

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

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Model #:CHALLENGER
Item #:N82E16811147153
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

Note (Add)
$59.99 -$5.00 Instant $54.99


Update

ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z68M/USB3
Item #:N82E16813157270
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

Note (Add)
$94.99 -$10.00 Instant $84.99


Update

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:100315L
Item #:N82E16814102908
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card

Note (Add)
$149.99 $149.99


Update

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
Model #:p 1-550S-XXB9
Item #:N82E16817207013
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card

Note (Add)
$69.99 $69.99


Update

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
Model #:BX80623I32120
Item #:N82E16819115077
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock

Note (Add)
$127.99 $127.99


Update

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
Model #:F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
Item #:N82E16820231425
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock

Note (Add)
$25.99 $25.99


Update

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST500DM002
Item #:N82E16822148767
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

Note (Add)
$84.99 $84.99


Update

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

Note (Add)
$22.99 $22.99


Update

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:GFC-02050
Item #:N82E16832116986
Return Policy:Software Standard Return Policy
In Stock

Note (Add)
$99.99 $99.99
Subtotal: $721.91
m
0
l