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Tight Budget Gaming PC

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April 28, 2012 9:24:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: $300-450
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording/editing, surfing the internet, school papers
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Operating System (Windows 7), mouse*, Hard drive*, Monitor*, CD/DVD Burner
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: No personal preference
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768(?) I think
Additional Comments: I don't really know much about computers, learning little bits here and there. I also am not to sure about my monitor resolution. I am mostly going to play Battlefield 3(low-med settings), Guild Wars 2(high settings preferably), Skyrim, etc.

***I may need a hard drive and monitor, but you don't need to include them in the budget.***
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Here are the parts I have picked out so far:

.Intel Pentium G840 CPU
‪http://amzn.to/uGHcWg‬

.ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM Motherboard
http://amzn.to/suVR3Z
OR ASRock A55M-HVS Motherboard
http://bit.ly/J3yxEd

.Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Graphics Card
http://amzn.to/w4oBTB

.Kingston 4GB(x2) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 RAM
http://amzn.to/v1V0xB

.Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Case
http://amzn.to/tv2pDK
OR Rosewill Challenger ATX Case
http://amzn.to/rOxcc6

.Cooler Master Elite 460w Power Supply
http://amzn.to/tJh6G2

.*Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive
http://amzn.to/sVdqQZ

*What do you think of this mouse?

I also saw this deal, which looks pretty good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

So here is all the information I can give, I am open to all input, thank you! :) 

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April 28, 2012 9:52:22 PM

Get a different PSU. Even an Antec 380W can run that build.
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April 28, 2012 10:41:58 PM

azeem40 said:
Get a different PSU. Even an Antec 380W can run that build.

The reason I chose that PSU was because it was very cheap and when I decide to upgrade, I will be sure that it will work properly. An Antec 380W PSU brand new is anywhere from ~30-40, this 460W one is only $35.

EDIT: I still would like to know which of those Motherboards I should get, and if that PSU/Case combo is a good deal, or if I should just get the Thermaltake V4.
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April 28, 2012 10:44:59 PM

It is also a low quality unit that can take other components down with it.
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April 29, 2012 12:22:40 AM

Now that is a much better PSU. The HIVE and Capstone Rosewill series PSUs are great quality units.
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April 29, 2012 12:58:42 AM

azeem40 said:
It is also a low quality unit that can take other components down with it.

When a power surge killed one of my PSUs last year, I bought one of CM's 600W-ish units and I agree that these things do not inspire confidence. My computer uses less than 200W full-load and the fan in the CM PSU I got was already sounding like it was at its maximum speed with surprisingly hot exhaust considering its bottom-mounted position in my case.

Returned that PSU to the store I bought it from and picked up an EarthWatt 650 (Antec-branded Seasonic) instead (smallest model that was in stock) which is a whole lot quieter with substantially cooler exhaust. Definitely feels like it was worth the extra $15.

CM makes/sells some great products like the Hyper 212+ but PSUs might not be their forte.
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April 29, 2012 1:21:36 AM

I have their cpu cooler and it is dead silent!
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April 29, 2012 2:21:24 AM

So azeem40, am I pretty much set? Does that build look decent enough? Any things I should squeeze out just a little extra money for that will make a notable difference? You have been a lot of help so far, so I thank you for that. I understand how answering questions in a forum can get sometimes. I've been there too. Well obviously not anything that requires a lot of computer knowledge haha :) 
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April 29, 2012 2:29:11 AM

Use the Asus motherboard the Asrock one you listed use's an Amd cpu,and therefore would not work with your intel cpu.
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April 29, 2012 2:35:01 AM

Here is my final PC Build:

.Intel Pentium G840 CPU
http://amzn.to/uGHcWg

.ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM Motherboard
http://amzn.to/suVR3Z

.Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Graphics Card
http://amzn.to/w4oBTB

.Kingston 4GB(x2) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 RAM
http://amzn.to/v1V0xB

.*Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive
http://amzn.to/sVdqQZ

.Mouse
amzn.to/Js78h0

Case + PSU deal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I think I am good now, thank you everyone :) 


dudewitbow said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

assuming you live in a taxless area for newegg. might as well pay less for more cpu power

Wow thanks!
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April 29, 2012 3:34:04 AM

Your build is perfect the way it is. I do not see anything you could change that would make a difference at your budget. :) 
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