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Advice needed on improving June SBM $500 Gaming PC Build

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June 16, 2012 5:35:54 AM

Hi everyone,

I am looking for advice on how to improve the $500 June SBM build. I will be primarily using the computer for surfing the net, streaming HD videos, watching 1080p videos (e.g mkv on VLC) from hard drive, Microsoft Office applications, and playing games like Diablo 3 on occasion (1920x1080 max settings).

Reading through the SBM article, it was suggested to upgrade to Pentium G850 because the Celeron G530 bottlenecked the GTX 560 Ti. I don't really have a budget in mind but I'm trying to keep cost down as much as possible. Ideally, I would like to achieve the following in order of priority:

1. Have fast enough machine to perform the required tasks I stated above.
2. Future-proof the build so that it lasts for 4-5 years.
3. Use a fast enough processor so that it doesn't bottleneck the GPU.

With this in mind, is the G850 enough of an upgrade to satisfy my requirements? I know the G530 will be enough for my first goal but not sure if it's future-proof. Should I just get more CPU or get more CPU and less GPU? I'm trying to spend the minimum amount required to reach my goals.

Here is the link to the build for your convenience:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-do-it-you...

CPU: Intel Celeron G530 (Sandy Bridge): 2.4 GHz, 2 MB Shared L3 Cache
CPU Cooler: Intel boxed heat sink/fan
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V: LGA 1155, Intel H61 Express
RAM: Pareema 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 MD313C80809L2
Graphics: ECS NGT560TI-1GPI-F1 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD3200AAKX: 320 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower
Power: Antec VP-450 450 W
Optical: LG 22x DVD Burner SATA Model GH22NS90B-OEM

Thanks so much.
June 16, 2012 5:58:43 AM

Here, a more balanced build will age better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $477.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

557 before rebates...
June 16, 2012 4:54:30 PM

Thanks! So you essentially added more CPU and lowered the GPU a tier, added more RAM and HDD capacity. I'm not familiar with mobos and PSUs. Was there a reason why you changed those or was it just to keep the cost down?
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June 16, 2012 4:59:42 PM

Cobra27 said:
Thanks! So you essentially added more CPU and lowered the GPU a tier, added more RAM and HDD capacity. I'm not familiar with mobos and PSUs. Was there a reason why you changed those or was it just to keep the cost down?

Exactly. I just tried to pick the best deals on mobo and PSU :) 
June 16, 2012 5:17:29 PM

It really is a nice build cheers
!