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New Gaming Build ~ $600

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June 19, 2012 8:19:32 PM

I've been going over and over some of these options for a new gaming rig. I'm pretty confident the main concept if ok, but is trying to squeeze in a 64GB SSD for an OS/Main apps drive worth it for perfomance? Taking a gamble going with a refurb HDD but it will be for storage more than direct app access.

The Build:

i3 2120 Sandy 3.3ghz + Biostar H61 + Patriot Gamer 2x4gb DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Rosewill ATX Case + Rosewill 500w PSU (w/ 2 6-pin for GPU)

XFC Radeon HD 6870

Crucial M4 64gb SSD

SAMSUG 22x DVD Burner

Western Digital SATA 3 250gb HDD *Refurb*

Total $570

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a b 4 Gaming
June 19, 2012 8:50:17 PM

Looks OK to me, personally I'd drop the SSD though because you can always add that later very easily. I'd be tempted to get a more reputable PSU as well.

If you think you could live without the SSD, this would have a much better GPU, a faster hard drive, a more reputable PSU and lower power consumption.

i3-2120/Biostar/Patriot 8GB Combo
PowerColor AX7850 HD 7850 2GB
Fractal Design Core 1000
Corsair CX-430 430W
Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200RPM
Samsung DVD Burner

Total - $597.92

Your build is fine, this is just another suggestion if you would prefer better gaming performance to the SSD.
June 19, 2012 9:03:12 PM

Not really dead set on the SSD. It's just an idea I had, and I was wondering if the performance increase from it is worth the effort.

Corsair CX-430 430W. I've seen that PSU get linked a lot, but was curious if it really can handle the GPU's that "require" 500w rated PSU?
a b 4 Gaming
June 19, 2012 9:59:22 PM

The performance increase from the SSD would be noticed only in loading screens and when you boot up your PC/load programs. FPS in games won't be affected.

430W is fine for the i3-2120 and HD 7850, the i3 is 65W and can't be overclocked and the HD 7850 is ~120W. The rest of the PC would bring that up to 250W max. They suggest 500W for the HD 6870 because it consumes around 180W at load and someone might pair it with a 130W CPU or something. In that case, 500W would be wise.

Try putting your build into this if you want further confirmation: