Opinions on this cheap gaming build Tags: Build Gaming Systems Product Last response: June 4, 2012 9:47 PM in Systems Share xpeh June 4, 2012 6:00:58 PM Just trying to build a compact desktop for gaming. I already have an OS (Win7), an HDD (1TB Caviar Black), an optical drive, and a case. Powercolor 6850 GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec Earthwatts 380w Green PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill 1333 Value RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock H61M-DGS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Pentium G630 CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Cost+Shipping=$350 Will the power supply be enough? I'm not planning on maxing Skyrim or BF3. Not planning on overclocking or XFire/SLI anytime, either. More about : opinions cheap gaming build Merueth June 4, 2012 6:05:27 PM While the 6850 doesn't consume much power, I still wouldn't risk going with a 380 watt. This is $15 more after rebates. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... azeem40 a b 4 Gaming June 4, 2012 6:06:44 PM It should run the 6850, but I am not entirely sure. Maybe try the 430W version to be safe. Related resources Opinions on this cheap gaming build ? - Forum $550 Cheap Gaming PC, opinions - Forum Super cheap build , opinions ??? - Forum Cheap (ish) i5 gaming rig - need opinions - Forum Cheap $200 barebones... Need opinions . - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer geekapproved a b 4 Gaming June 4, 2012 6:21:35 PM The 380w is more than adequate for that setup. I'm running a more power hungry HD5850 OC'd with basically the same setup. However, I would encourage you to go with a 500w now for future upgrades. You also want two sticks of ram so you can run in dual channel mode instead of single channel mode. xpeh June 4, 2012 7:47:15 PM I'll opt for this RAM instead, as it supports dual channel mode: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... And I'll go for this power supply instead, as the previously linked CX600 seems a bit overkill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Also, will a quality power supply maintain the life of my compenents? I had a few prebuilts with a Bestec break after 5 months of minor use. Merueth June 4, 2012 7:56:32 PM The CX series is not particularly well made; as a result, they are about 50 watts less than advertised. geekapproved a b 4 Gaming June 4, 2012 8:17:58 PM The version 2 (V2) are better. But they are not as high quality as that 380w antec, it's bronze rated. xpeh June 4, 2012 8:29:37 PM So what would you recommend? I'd prefer not to go over 350 dollars. geekapproved a b 4 Gaming June 4, 2012 9:47:42 PM Get the CX500, it's decent, it has a 3yr warranty. Newegg page says 5yr warranty but that's wrong. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumCheap datacruncher, opinions on this spec? ForumEfficient-Budget Gaming Build , Opinions ? ForumComplete Build for Gaming & Overclocking - Opinions ? Ordering Tomorrow Forum$2200 gaming build - opinions and suggestions wanted Forum1500$ gaming PC, opinions on build . ForumBest Average Gaming Build I could arrange. Advice/ Opinions Important ForumFirst custom build , mostly for gaming , opinions ? Forum$650 Updated Gaming Build - Opinions + Questions ForumHelp with $1500 gaming build , reviews and opinions welcome ForumFirst gaming PC build (~$2000): Opinions and parts help Forum$2500 gaming build - Neep opinions . Forum$500 Gaming Build opinions /advice ForumPower Supply good for cheap price Forum~1000 Gaming Build ForumFinal build review More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !