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June 18, 2012 12:24:30 PM

Hi, I am just looking for some help on building a new lower end gaming PC. I have a budget of 400 dollars, but could save up more if it benefitted the buil. My max budget is 600$. These are the parts I have found so far:

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9S-4GBNT
APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V Power Supply
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11192-22-20G)
BIOSTAR A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
So, there are a couple of things I am looking for:
1) Are these parts all compatible with eachother?
2) Is this setup good enough to run modern games at low-medium settings at a decent fps (30-60)?
3) Is there anything I should change to get a more effective/cheaper setup for a low end gaming computer?
4) Am I missing anything that I should have?
Any response would be appreciated. The parts I have so far come out to $385.43

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June 18, 2012 2:23:20 PM

My opinion is that you could get a better CPU, even a dual core Pentium G620 beats the Athlon in gaming http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/202?vs=406 . Furthermore, the PSU you selected isn't really the best choice, I would rather go for a XFX 450W or a 550W for future upgrades. The GPU is decent but not for FullHD gaming. An radeon 6770 or a GTX 550Ti would be better than the 6670. If gaming is what you are buying the PC for, then the GPU should be your priority! Cheers :) 
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June 18, 2012 2:44:43 PM

I too would suggest building a system around the Pentium G620.

CPU - Pentium G620 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $64
MB - Biostar B75 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $78
GPU - ASUS 7750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $116
HDD - Seagate SATA III - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $80
RAM - G.Skill 2x2GB 1333mhz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27
PSU - Antec Earthwatts 380W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $49
Optical - ASUS DVD-RW - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $21
Case - Antec 300 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $58

$493 after shipping. Quality parts and a system that should be able to run most newer games at decent settings. If you think you might upgrade in the future, pick a larger PSU, but if not, the Antec Earthwatts series are phenomenal. The rig I suggested should only draw around 250W or so.

EDIT: If you don't plan on doing much data storage and really want to upgrade your computer experience, I would suggest replacing the Seagate HDD with a 128GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $130. The Crucial M4 line is reliable and fast. It would put you at $543 total after shipping.
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June 18, 2012 3:03:53 PM

skaughtz said:
I too would suggest building a system around the Pentium G620.

CPU - Pentium G620 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $64
MB - Biostar B75 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $78
GPU - ASUS 7750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $116
HDD - Seagate SATA III - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $80
RAM - G.Skill 2x2GB 1333mhz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27
PSU - Antec Earthwatts 380W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $49
Optical - ASUS DVD-RW - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $21
Case - Antec 300 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $58

$493 after shipping. Quality parts and a system that should be able to run most newer games at decent settings. If you think you might upgrade in the future, pick a larger PSU, but if not, the Antec Earthwatts series are phenomenal. The rig I suggested should only draw around 250W or so.

EDIT: If you don't plan on doing much data storage and really want to upgrade your computer experience, I would suggest replacing the Seagate HDD with a 128GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $130. The Crucial M4 line is reliable and fast. It would put you at $543 total after shipping.


+1 for the build skaughtz mentioned. I think this is the cheapest and efficient build you can get.
Well recommended bro!

Regards,
SmartGeek
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June 18, 2012 3:19:45 PM

+1 for the build, but I would go for a better PSU right away. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm not very familiar with Antec being a quality PSU. XFX, Corsair, OCZ, Chieftec are the PSU manufacturers I would trust. Cheers :) 
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June 18, 2012 4:06:00 PM

Thanks. I will save a little more, maximize my budget and go for some of the setups you have recommended.
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June 18, 2012 4:06:19 PM

Hears a combo from newegg for only $305. 4 gig of ram should be plenty for budget gaming since most gemes are still 32bit. Plus with the A6 3500, you can add a desecrate ATI graphics card later and crossfire, or just upgrade to a faster A8 later.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
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