Budget gaming build

Hello everyone,

I come here to ask for some advice about a gaming build that I'm planning to make. Here's the components:

PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 500W Builder Series
Case: NOX Cyclops
RAM: Corsair Value Select DDR3 1333 4GB 2x2GB CL9
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Quad-Core Black Edition
Mobo: Asus M5A88-M AM3+

I have a Dell computer from which I believe I can pick the DVD drive and the HDD, but I need some expert help to know if I can actually do that with a Dell's pc components:

The HDD is a Seagate SATA-II 3.0Gb/s, 156Gb capacity (which for me is enough for the time being), but my question is, Can I plug a SATA-II hard drive into a SATA3 slot?

Heres what the motherboard says about storage:

AMD SB850 controller :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

And heres the Optical drive info:

Media Type CD-ROM
Name TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H553A
Availability Running/Full Power
Capabilities Random Access, Supports Removable Media
Config Manager Error Code Device is working properly
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  1. Doctopus said:
    Hello everyone,

    I come here to ask for some advice about a gaming build that I'm planning to make. Here's the components:

    PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 500W Builder Series
    Case: NOX Cyclops
    RAM: Corsair Value Select DDR3 1333 4GB 2x2GB CL9
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Quad-Core Black Edition
    Mobo: Asus M5A88-M AM3+

    I have a Dell computer from which I believe I can pick the DVD drive and the HDD, but I need some expert help to know if I can actually do that with a Dell's pc components:

    The HDD is a Seagate SATA-II 3.0Gb/s, 156Gb capacity (which for me is enough for the time being), but my question is, Can I plug a SATA-II hard drive into a SATA3 slot?

    Heres what the motherboard says about storage:

    AMD SB850 controller :
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

    And heres the Optical drive info:

    Media Type CD-ROM
    Name TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H553A
    Availability Running/Full Power
    Capabilities Random Access, Supports Removable Media


    I forgot to mention I have an Nvidia GeForce GT220 GPU, which I am planning to upgrade as soon as I have some extra money, but my question is, can this build run games such as Diablo 3 and Path of exile?

    Also I want to format the HDD (it has the factory Windows xp) and install a retail version of windows 7 64bits. Can it be done?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Get an i3
  3. sata ports are backwards compatible so that drive will work
  4. guerrero said:
    Get an i3


    Mobo: Asus P8H67-M LE B3
    CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz Box Socket 1155

    Would this be a better bet? prices are the same as for the AMD Phenom II X4 and Asus M5A88-M AM3+


    Thank you mad2 for your response.
  5. Doctopus said:
    Mobo: Asus P8H67-M LE B3
    CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz Box Socket 1155

    Would this be a better bet? prices are the same as for the AMD Phenom II X4 and Asus M5A88-M AM3+


    Thank you mad2 for your response.


    Yes i think that is the better bet. The i3-2120 is a great gaming cpu.
  6. Doctopus said:
    Mobo: Asus P8H67-M LE B3
    CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz Box Socket 1155

    Would this be a better bet? prices are the same as for the AMD Phenom II X4 and Asus M5A88-M AM3+


    Thank you mad2 for your response.


    Can you give me a link for the motherboard
  7. guerrero said:
    Can you give me a link for the motherboard


    Sure:
    http://www.pccomponentes.com/asus_p8h67_m_le_b3.html

    Its a spanish website, but the information is in english.
  8. Im Mexican I can read the spanish haha it looks alright but I always worry that the chipset gets in the gpus way
  9. Oh well then nothing to worry about :D

    What do you mean about the chipset getting into the Gpu's way? if you dont mind explaining.
    Also now that you meantion it, I noticed that in this motherboard the GPu would be upside down, is that normal? in my current computer it is not that way.

    http://www.xgcdb.com/pub/gc/xfx_geforce_gt_220_gt-220x-znf2.jpg

    Thats the GPU. Im worried that it won't fit

    So according to both of you the i3 is the way to go, so I guess that's the definitive choice then.

    Thank you both for the responses :)
  10. Doctopus said:
    Oh well then nothing to worry about :D

    What do you mean about the chipset getting into the Gpu's way? if you dont mind explaining.
    Also now that you meantion it, I noticed that in this motherboard the GPu would be upside down, is that normal? in my current computer it is not that way.

    http://www.xgcdb.com/pub/gc/xfx_geforce_gt_220_gt-220x-znf2.jpg

    Thats the GPU. Im worried that it won't fit

    So according to both of you the i3 is the way to go, so I guess that's the definitive choice then.

    Thank you both for the responses :)


    That the GPU might be too long and the chipset would get in the way but i doubt it
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