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Building system for light gaming and basic web use.

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June 17, 2012 5:14:50 AM

is this build overpowered for what its going to be used for? and are things i can replace to make it cheaper?


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3
Acer G185HVb Black 18.5"



Approximate Purchase Date: (6/19/2012)

Budget Range: ($500-$550) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, web, email

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: united states

Parts Preferences: amd cpu,

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768

Additional Comments: this pc would primarily be used for play the sims 3 and other similar games on mid to high settings.
Need an answer asap
June 17, 2012 5:57:23 AM

Hi there.

That system seems good enough for the games you want to play. Although you may be able to pick up a GPU for cheaper. Il have a look and get back to you.
June 17, 2012 11:58:14 AM

Have a look at this build based on intel, with a better GPU, CPU, and somewhat a bigger monitor, some parts remain same though):

CPU & Optical Drive: $131- i3-2120 & Samsung(CPU has $15 off with promo)

Motherboard: $50- Asrock H61

RAM: $21- GSkill 4GB(Same)

PSU: $45- Corsair CX430 (Same, PSU has $5 off with promo)

GPU: $125- MSI 7770(A decent GPU to do quality gaming at low resolution)

Monitor: $100- Acer 20"

HDD: $75- WD Cavier Blue 500GB (cheaper)

Case: $30- Rosewill

Total(Excluding Rebates,Promos): 576 USD

Rebates, Promos: $60

Even if you don't like the intel based build, please do not go for AMD APU because in a few months they will launch Trinity APU which will not fit into these motherboards incase you decide to upgrade. So if you intend to go the AMD wat look for Am3/AM3+ based motherboards and CPUs. Here an alte AMD based build, with the CPU, motherboard swapped for AMD, at the same price. Have a look:
CPU & CPU Cooler: $115- AMD Phenom X4 955 OEM & CM Gemini(CPu has $10 off with promo, also 3rd party cooler needed becaue the OEM cpu does not come with one)
Motherboard: $45- Biostar 780G
ODD: $17- Asus or Samsung

Here's a comparison between 7770 and 6670



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June 18, 2012 6:31:25 AM

This computer most likely wont be seeing any upgrades. at most just a graphics card upgrade. the only games this pc will see are the sims 3 series and older games
so do i really need that 7770?
June 18, 2012 11:15:58 AM

barbadis said:
This computer most likely wont be seeing any upgrades. at most just a graphics card upgrade. the only games this pc will see are the sims 3 series and older games
so do i really need that 7770?


Yes you can downgrade, to a 6670. but 7770 is more powerful(and costly). But in case you decide to get a new monitor , or say connect to a TV , and say play games there. the 6670 might not be able to cope up. Also this GPU gives option play play most games without any problems.

So it's your choice.

!