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May 18, 2012 1:01:53 AM

I mostly play video games and do a little of video rendering. I just wanted to get a new comp for around 500$.Im a new builder. so ive been researching and found some things out so here are the things im planing to get this things:

Cpu + Harddrive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gpu+Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cd/Dvd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This came out to around 550


Do you guy think this enough to play modern games at high settings?
If not please help!
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2012 1:20:10 AM

Do you have the rest of the things that you need? Operating Sytem (Win 64 bit) , monitor , keyboard , mouse , speakers.
I won't b uy anthing Rosewill especially a psu , talk about non-quality. I don't know what games you plan on playing and at what resolution but a game like BF3 will not be able to be played on high settings with a 550Ti. You will be able to play it but at reduced settings. AMD cpu's are not known for as good at gaming as Intel cpu's are. It's also very haqrd to build a gaming Pc on a $500 budget and expact to play at high settings.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2012 1:37:33 AM

a Phenom II 965 is perfectly fine to play games at high settings, assuming its paired with a proper video card. 500 is a very tight budget to play maxed settings depending on the games you play. When building a budget gamer, you want the strongest video card you can get with a moderate CPU, which the one you have chosen will do for you.

Having said that, take it from someone who owns one, the 550 TI is okay for most games at fairly good settings, its definitely not the best on the market, but at your budget, it will work pretty well.

This is my write-up for a budget gamer system, that I use when someone asks for a budget gamer although it is a bit more expensive, the price does include Windows7 OS and is a very respectable budget gamer:


CPU-$120- Phenom II 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- Asrock 970 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card- Radeon 6870 $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM-Gskill 2x4GB $47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- CoolerMaster HAF 912 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power- Corsair CX500 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- WDC 500Gb -$80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Burner- $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total- $635
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May 18, 2012 9:18:22 AM

Yea I have every thing else. My brother gets windows 7 home premium for 7$ which pretty good.I would want to play games like bf3 and skyrim at high settings. But I will also upgrade to the gtx 600 series when the 660 or 650 to come out.just wondering cause my other brother has a gtx 260 and a a phenomenon x4 3.4 . And he plays skyrim on high settings. I thought the the 550gtx ti (sinces it has newer tech ) it would be equal.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2012 9:36:38 AM

IF you want to upgrade the card later on that would be fine, the 550 TI isn't horrible, I just think there are better ones out there in the same price range, even a 6850 or an old GTX 460 (which are pretty cheap now since they're 2 generations old).

The 550 TI will probably do okay with Skryim, and BF at high settings, I dunno about maxed settings depending on the resolution you play at. BF can be pretty taxing on a system.
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May 18, 2012 11:18:03 AM

Or do you guys think I should get a intel i5 3570k and just run it on the integrated graphics until the gtx 660 comes out cause I could do that and I found the parts also for 550
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2012 11:36:12 AM

The integrated graphics are terrible. I personally wouldn't. Intel makes stronger CPUs than AMD, but even the new Ivy Bridge onboard graphics gets it's butt whooped by AMD Llano. Intel APUs aren't ready for primetime.

If you want to go that route, you're better off not buying anything til you are ready to buy everything in one shot.
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May 18, 2012 7:04:52 PM

Ok so based on what you guys said im going to get the AMD cpu. But what cpu do you think is the

Best : gtx 560 se. Or AMD 7770 . Or AMD 6850
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May 18, 2012 7:08:32 PM

Best answer selected by Jmani.
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May 18, 2012 9:52:07 PM

nekulturny said:
a Phenom II 965 is perfectly fine to play games at high settings, assuming its paired with a proper video card. 500 is a very tight budget to play maxed settings depending on the games you play. When building a budget gamer, you want the strongest video card you can get with a moderate CPU, which the one you have chosen will do for you.

Having said that, take it from someone who owns one, the 550 TI is okay for most games at fairly good settings, its definitely not the best on the market, but at your budget, it will work pretty well.

This is my write-up for a budget gamer system, that I use when someone asks for a budget gamer although it is a bit more expensive, the price does include Windows7 OS and is a very respectable budget gamer:


CPU-$120- Phenom II 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- Asrock 970 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card- Radeon 6870 $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM-Gskill 2x4GB $47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- CoolerMaster HAF 912 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power- Corsair CX500 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- WDC 500Gb -$80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Burner- $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total- $635


What would you say to getting the Athlon II X3 instead of the phenom? There is the possibility of unlocking the core. Also could the case be replaced by the cheaper Rosewill Blackbone? That would save $50 or more if I could find a deal or perhaps used parts.

Athlon II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blackbone Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2012 10:18:00 PM

I wouldn't recommend it no. The Athlon IIs are virtually identical to Phenom IIs with one exception, the Athlon IIs do not have L3 cache. (The reason being is they are made out of a type of memory called SRAM, which is very expensive).

For daily computing, the lack of an L3 cache is not substantial, however, in gaming depending on how CPU intensive the game is the difference in performance without the cache can be as little as 5 percent and as high as 20 percent. Battlefield 3 for example is a fairly CPU intensive game.

You can however use the cheaper case. Although, if you intend to add a CPU cooler at some point, make sure you keep in mind that you may have clearance issues with the cheaper case.
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