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Budget Gaming PC - Need Opinions

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May 25, 2012 12:14:15 AM

hi guys, i'm building a new budget gaming pc and need opinions
i'll write my choices and the alternatives available on local market

CPU: Core i3-2120

Mobo: Asrock H61M-DGS ( sata 3 is useless for me and i can live without usb3 )
Alternatives:
Asrock H61M-HVS ( which has HDMI port instead of DGS's DVI port and has VIA audio codec insted of DGS's Realtek 662 )

Ram: 2 x G.skill 4GB DDR3 1333 CL9
Alternatives:
Patroit 4Gb DDR3 1333 CL9
Kingston 4Gb DDR3 1333 CL9

HDD: i'll use my current one

GPU: i'll use my current one which is HD 5450

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition + 450w PSU ( heard bad things about this included PSU but i think it'll do the job )
Alternatives:
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Mid Tower
NZXT Beta Evo
Cooler Master Elite 310
and some more bad-looking cases

my current pc has 1GB Ram, celeron D 3.06 ( which is driving me crazy ) and the HD 5450 ( which i bought after the build-in 950 GMA drove me crazy :D 

my default resolution for most games is 1152 x 864 and i don't mind playing on 1024 x 768

and i don't need more than stable 30 FPS on high settings

Future Upgrade might be GTS 450 or same-price ATi
i might get a new 20" LCD Monitor ( i'm doing fine with my 17" CRT )
i might also get a bigger HDD

i spent alot of time reading reviews for each component
so, what do you think ? thanks :) 

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May 25, 2012 12:26:28 AM

The i3-2120 is a good CPU gor budget gaming.

I wouldn't advise getting that case w/ the PSU. The one thing you don't really want to skimp on is a PSU. Usually the ones that come with a case are complete garbage. You don't want to cheap out on the one thing that could fry all your components.

What about these two:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes out to around $90 after rebates.
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May 25, 2012 12:44:40 AM

cranked said:
The i3-2120 is a good CPU gor budget gaming.

I wouldn't advise getting that case w/ the PSU. The one thing you don't really want to skimp on is a PSU. Usually the ones that come with a case are complete garbage. You don't want to cheap out on the one thing that could fry all your components.

What about these two:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes out to around $90 after rebates.



i can't purchase online
there is only local stores in my country

i'm thinking about getting 500w coolermaster or HEC ( Gamma ) 500w which are descent i think
but i'm short in cash ATM
that's why i chose this Case with psu

i'll can the V3 Black Edition without the PSU ( cuz i like that case )
and those are the available PSUs

CORSAIR CX430 V2 80 PLUS
Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 500W
HEC (Gamma) 450w PSU
HEC (Gamma) 500w PSU

thanks for replying :) 
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May 25, 2012 12:48:30 AM

The only one of those I would get would be the Corsair CX430.

I, personally, can't say that is enough power for your system, but I think it should be fine.
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May 25, 2012 12:50:59 AM

It is.
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May 25, 2012 12:54:27 AM

cranked said:
The only one of those I would get would be the Corsair CX430.

I, personally, can't say that is enough power for your system, but I think it should be fine.


after using many PSU calculation tools found that my system won't come near 400w or even 350

i'll get the Corsair

and the rest of the system is ok i think ?
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May 25, 2012 12:56:20 AM

azeem40 said:
It is.


indeed
thanks :) 
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