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About to buy. Any upgrade advice? [$444 budget]

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May 30, 2012 5:27:05 AM

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CPU: Intel Pentium G840 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($86.67 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($100.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $455.57
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


Any advice before I buy, or is this good for gaming?
May 30, 2012 5:36:23 AM

Upgrading the video card would probably be the first thing that jumps out at me.

Otherwise the build looks good.
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May 30, 2012 5:48:45 AM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Upgrading the video card would probably be the first thing that jumps out at me.

Otherwise the build looks good.

Do you know any good $100> video cards? :D 
May 30, 2012 6:03:57 AM

clp said:
Do you know any good $100> video cards? :D 


7750 if you can splurge, its usually around 105 ish, give or take.

However the 7750 uses the same amount of physical power and performs nearly the speed of a 6770 DDR5 (which is almost twice the performance of a 6670 DDR5)

Edit: fixed a typo.
May 30, 2012 6:46:38 AM

Why not wait to see what the AMD Llanos look like, they should be able to Hybrid XFire with the 7750 or 7770, if you're really going for gaming then give it a couple to see.

FYI avoid the WD Caviar Blue drives, I had a couple and they're nothing but trouble...
May 30, 2012 1:23:04 PM

joaompp said:
Why not wait to see what the AMD Llanos look like, they should be able to Hybrid XFire with the 7750 or 7770, if you're really going for gaming then give it a couple to see.

FYI avoid the WD Caviar Blue drives, I had a couple and they're nothing but trouble...


Could you shed some light about the trouble you had with the WD Caviar Blue? I was looking into purchasing this drive in the near future: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently use SeaGate, so my experience with WD's internal drives in the past few years is limited.
May 30, 2012 1:26:45 PM

Could you guys please find me the best GPU for $150 please? I just want it to be able to run Skyrim on high graphics. :D 
May 30, 2012 1:38:29 PM

Okay, I'm getting the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850. Now with my NEW Gpu, can my build run Skyrim on high settings?
May 30, 2012 1:43:07 PM

clp said:
Okay, I'm getting the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850. Now with my NEW Gpu, can my build run Skyrim on high settings?


What resolution? If 1080P or below, you could run Skyrim at highest details and have at least some AA.
If ya have any questions about OCing it, feel free to ask me. I own the same card and have it at 925MHZ core without voltage adjustments. So around a 20% in core speed, and about 15% increase in Memory clock. :D 
May 30, 2012 1:45:23 PM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
What resolution? If 1080P or below, you could run Skyrim at highest details and have at least some AA.
If ya have any questions about OCing it, feel free to ask me. I own the same card and have it at 925MHZ core without voltage adjustments. So around a 20% in core speed, and about 15% increase in Memory clock. :D 

Yes, 1080p. Hurray! I just finished my list of my first build! I'm going to order today. Oh, and about that OCing... Do you have a Skype? :D 
May 30, 2012 3:12:43 PM

clp said:
Yes, 1080p. Hurray! I just finished my list of my first build! I'm going to order today. Oh, and about that OCing... Do you have a Skype? :D 


I don't have Skype, but you can reach me on Google chat.
There is also a live chat on the other forum I frequent often (PSU4Ever.com).

Let me know if ya want any help. :) 
!