Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

How's this $600 gaming build look?

Last response: in Systems
Share
May 8, 2012 1:35:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 7 days

Budget Range: $600-$700 before Mail-In Rebates, but after Instant Rebates/Discounts

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing Diablo 3 (and a few other new games), Web Browsing, Data processing (MS Excel and Access). Something that will be useable for games for at least 2 years or so with minimal to no upgrades .

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (1280x1024 currently but will be upgrading in the next month or so), speakers, OS, case (currently have NZXT Lexa that I would be willing to reuse, though would prefer a good $50-$70 alternative new case for this build)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, us.ncix.com (really any site with good service/prices to US customers)

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No Preferences, any reputable brand is fine

Overclocking: Maybe, but not required and wouldn't be extreme by any means

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but again not required.

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 currently but would like to upgrade to a 1920x1080 monitor in the next month or so

Additional Comments: I'm currently considering the following, but if you know of any great deals right now for any of the parts listed below (or any similar/better components), please share!

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T $125
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB $47
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ $81
Hard Drive 1: SanDisk Extreme 120 GB 2.5" SSD $129
Hard Drive 2: Existing Hard Drive (250GB 7200RPM can't remember what manufacturer, but this is temporary until I buy a new 1TB).
Video Card: XFX ATI Radeon 6850 $145
Power Supply: OCZ ModXstream Pro 600W $70
Case: My current NZXT Lexa. If there's a good case in the $50-$70 range I wouldn't mind picking up another case.

Total: $597

Thanks for the help!

More about : 600 gaming build

May 8, 2012 1:43:22 PM

looks nice
memory with lower timings if faster but you wont notice a big difference. maybe 1-3fps which is nothing
May 8, 2012 3:54:25 PM

alvine said:
looks nice
memory with lower timings if faster but you wont notice a big difference. maybe 1-3fps which is nothing


What about these 2:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
vs.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

One is 9-9-9-24-2N and the other is 9-9-9-24. Are there any pros/cons to one vs. the other? Since they're identically priced, I'm just wondering if one is better for certain applications or mobos.
May 8, 2012 5:30:32 PM

i dont know, under features they both say
"Compatible with Intel LGA1155/LGA1156 and AMD AM3/Llano/AM3+ platforms
Intel XMP support for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors
"
!