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June 11, 2012 11:10:51 PM

Hi I looking at building my own budget PC. I have never done this before so feel free to make me suggestions. I want a budget PC that I will also be able to play some games (Minecraft, TF2, Counter Strike, maybe a Need For Speed etc. ) (Probably on Mid-settings). I basically want the best I can get with my $400 max price range. Here it is:

Case/Power Supply: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
-This is on Kijiji brand new for $25

AMD x3 3.2Ghz CPU/Cooler + Motherboard combo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

8GB RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

$250gb Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Let me know what you think. All of the products above with tax and shipping = $350.
The case and power supply I can get for $25. So altogether I have a decent PC that can run some games for $375?
Let me know If this looks alright or if you have suggestions. But remember: $400 price Limit! Thanks

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June 11, 2012 11:34:51 PM

That power supply is going to be a fire hazard. Power supplies are easy to manufacture but very hard to manufacture well. There are a lot of knockoffs that are downright hazardous. HardOCP reviews PSUs from all sorts of manufacturers and very few if any cheap ones are recommended. Thus, any PSU less than $60 is an immediate red flag because any decent one will have at least $50 worth of components in it. The same goes for PSU/Case combos less than $100 dollars. The PSU is absolutely one component which you cannot skimp out on, buying a cheap one can turn your $400 investment into a $400 paperweight or worse, a $400 torch.

The GT520 is not a gaming card, not even close. It won't be able to play much of anything even at low resolutions. AMD tends to own the midground here, I suggest that you get a Radeon HD 6770, it's a bit pricey but it will work well for what you want it to do whereas the 520 will not. If the 6770 is too much the 6670 will do instead.
June 11, 2012 11:48:21 PM
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June 12, 2012 12:04:22 AM

WOW. Thanks guys those were 2 really good answers I was looking for. I knew it was too good to be true, but just needed someone to help me. The PC I am on now is Acer T180 an I was looking to upgrade. It has AMD x2 2.4Ghz, maxed at 4gb ram, 450 watt power supply, 240gb hard drive, Nvidia Geforce 220. The options you gave me are too pricey, so what do you suggest me to do to I can do gaming better? A new PC seams too expensive, so how could I upgrade mine? Thanks a bunch
June 12, 2012 12:18:48 AM

wagstuff13 said:
WOW. Thanks guys those were 2 really good answers I was looking for. I knew it was too good to be true, but just needed someone to help me. The PC I am on now is Acer T180 an I was looking to upgrade. It has AMD x2 2.4Ghz, maxed at 4gb ram, 450 watt power supply, 240gb hard drive, Nvidia Geforce 220. The options you gave me are too pricey, so what do you suggest me to do to I can do gaming better? A new PC seams too expensive, so how could I upgrade mine? Thanks a bunch


The system that Proximon posted is actually really good for the price and would stand you in good stead for a while. Rosewill is NewEgg's inhouse brand and offers great reliability and value. Unfortuately gaming requires an investment so there's not much that can be done to game better short of finding the money to spend on it. With your current system you MIGHT be able to get away with just swapping out everything in the case. I don't particularly trust Acer's PSU not to die but it's far more trustworthy than the other one that you were looking at. That way you would be able to knock off the Case/PSU combo, upgrade the graphics card to a 6770 and save a little bit. With taxes and shipping that should come to just under $400.

Alternatively you could take that exact list (totalling $371) into your local computer shop and see if they can come up with something similar. You'll still have to pay taxes but no shipping. A lot of stores have sales reps that work on commission and can give 5%-10% off of the ticket price.
June 12, 2012 12:43:43 AM

Pinhedd said:
The system that Proximon posted is actually really good for the price and would stand you in good stead for a while. Rosewill is NewEgg's inhouse brand and offers great reliability and value. Unfortuately gaming requires an investment so there's not much that can be done to game better short of finding the money to spend on it. With your current system you MIGHT be able to get away with just swapping out everything in the case. I don't particularly trust Acer's PSU not to die but it's far more trustworthy than the other one that you were looking at. That way you would be able to knock off the Case/PSU combo, upgrade the graphics card to a 6770 and save a little bit. With taxes and shipping that should come to just under $400.

Alternatively you could take that exact list (totalling $371) into your local computer shop and see if they can come up with something similar. You'll still have to pay taxes but no shipping. A lot of stores have sales reps that work on commission and can give 5%-10% off of the ticket price.


Thanks, but would his system be THAT much better then mine to be worth the price? I mean still dual-core, just a little bit faster then mine, and the same RAM. Would I be better off just buying a better graphics card? Like what is holding my pcc back from playing games? Just graphics card? Thanks
June 12, 2012 12:46:55 AM

wagstuff13 said:
Thanks, but would his system be THAT much better then mine to be worth the price? I mean still dual-core, just a little bit faster then mine, and the same RAM. Would I be better off just buying a better graphics card? Like what is holding my pcc back from playing games? Just graphics card? Thanks


The dual core processor linked is extremely good and gets significantly more instructions per clock cycle per core than what you have now. It may still be a dual core but it is a much better dual core.
June 12, 2012 12:52:31 AM

Pinhedd said:
The dual core processor linked is extremely good and gets significantly more instructions per clock cycle per core than what you have now. It may still be a dual core but it is a much better dual core.


OK last question. If I bought the Raedon 6670, would that let me play games good enough on my current pc, or will my cpu limit it?
June 12, 2012 12:57:52 AM

The 6670 isn't a terrific gaming card but it isn't horrible either. All else equal it will provide 2-3 times the framerate of your current GT220. This is why I recommend finding another 50 bucks for a 6770, it's a much better solution that will be more enjoyable in the long run.

Here's a chart showing the relative performance of some different GPUs

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6670-review/5

A 6770 would come in just below the 6790 on that chart
June 12, 2012 1:05:50 AM

Pinhedd said:
The 6670 isn't a terrific gaming card but it isn't horrible either. All else equal it will provide 2-3 times the framerate of your current GT220. This is why I recommend finding another 50 bucks for a 6770, it's a much better solution that will be more enjoyable in the long run.

Here's a chart showing the relative performance of some different GPUs

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6670-review/5

A 6770 would come in just below the 6790 on that chart


So a good graphics card would be all I will need to play newer games? (My PC is fast enough for me in every way except gaming). Lets say I got the 6770, would I be able to play MW3 with decent framerates?
June 12, 2012 1:15:17 AM

It's worth a shot. You can always get the rest later on if your CPU can't handle it
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