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Hoping somebody could help me with purchase choices...

Last response: in Systems
May 9, 2012 10:28:04 PM

Hey, there, I was hoping that you guys would be willing to share your thoughts on a few pieces of hardware I plan on purchasing for my computer. I've never properly made one before, and it wasn't until now that I seriously thought about investing in a proper inexpensive gaming computer. I'm hoping this thing will be around the $500 range, give or take $100, while still maintaining reasonable enough power to play the games I like. I'm not expecting high-definition, 200 FPS game experiences - I just want to not worry about weather a game will run on my computer or not before purchase, even if the game has to run on the lowest settings; I'm willing to sacrifice a comfortable gaming experience as long as it means I can get a good computer for cheap that could play whatever game I want.

I've been bouncing around forums and with friends. I'm hoping you guys could give me your thoughts on this setup:

CPU/Motherboard: B69-5311 ::MSI H61M-P23 B3 Intel H61 Motherboard and Intel Core i3-2100 3.10 GHz Dual Core Processor Bundle(2.75 lbs)

Optical Drive: O451-1030 OEM ::Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, SATA, Black, OEM(0.68 lbs)

Case: R12-40887 ::Raygo R12-40887 R86 Mid Tower ATX Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 4x Int 5.25", 4x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 2x Front USB Ports, Gray(14.05 lbs)

RAM: C19-6131 ::Crucial BLS4G3D1339DS1S00 Ballistix Desktop Memory Module - 4GB, PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL9, Non-ECC, Unbuffered(0.2 lbs)

PSU: D15-0500 ::D iabloTek PSUL575 UL Series ATX Power Supply - 575W, 140mm Fan, Single +12V Rail(5.1 lbs)

Hard Drive: TSD-500AAKX ::Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB(1.2 lbs)

Video Card: MSI N460GTX-M2D1GD5/OC2 GeForce GTX 460 Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked

Network Adapter: N100-4037 ::Netgear WNA1100-100ENS USB Adapter - Wireless-N, 2.4GHz, 150 Mbps, Recertified (0.25 lbs)

I was just hoping if you guys could tell me if this is any good for my purposes of a decent, working gaming computer or if there needs to be any changes to it, be it non-compatibility issues, better hardware for cheaper costs, or general crappiness. You guys know better and more than I do; that's the reason why I came here in the first place, so I'm hoping you could give me a hand.

Many thanks!
May 10, 2012 1:56:35 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Tecmo34
May 10, 2012 2:30:59 AM

Scrap that whole build - the case, motherboard - and especially PSU are flat out crap. Avoid Diablotek like the plague. You do not want to trust any build to a PSU that's likely to blow up in your face.

Try this for a ~$500 build:

Case: - Cooler Master HAF 912
PSU: - Corsair Builder Series CX500
Motherboard: - Intel BOXDH67DLCB3
CPU: - 3.30GHz Intel Core i3-2120
RAM: - 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1333MHz
HD: - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB.
Optical: - Lite On DVD Burner
Video Card: - Sapphire Radeon HD 7750

Total: $583.60 - $30.00MIR = $553.60

A little over budget but you do not compromise in any area, nor do you get any junk hardware.