Budget Ga ming build $400-$450 after Rebates

Hey, everyone

I'm looking to build a budget Gaming computer for my first build. I'm looking to play games like BF3, Dirt 3 and Arma 2. I only need a cpu, gpu, ram, case, psu, and motherboard. I don't need a OS, monitor or any thing like that. I'm fine with Intel or Amd. it all as to be priced under $450 after rebate

This is my list so far and i want to know if there is any way to improve.

Case (AZZA Triton 401)

Mobo (ECS A885GM-A2 (V1.1))

Gpu (HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB)


Ram (Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB)

Cpu (AMD Phenom II X4 970)

Heatsink (COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3)
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  1. Can you go over $500 or strictly ~$450? I can try to find you a decent i3 with 500 bucks :)
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  4. Would the Intel Pentium G850 really beat the Phenom ii x4 in gaming?
  5. What is the differences between a low quality and high quality psu?
  6. Reddon said:
    Would the Intel Pentium G850 really beat the Phenom ii x4 in gaming?

    either beat or are extremely comparable. here is a cpu bound game to show.

    What is the differences between a low quality and high quality psu?

    aside from reliability, efficiency and being able to deliver "clean" power (low noise and ripple that can harm your components); the power distribution among the 3.3, 5 and 12 volt rails are better. a good PSU will have ~80% of its rated power on the 12 volt rail; what your system most needs. (cpu, gpu hard drives, ect.) a low quality PSU will have a large amount of amperage on the 3.3 and 5 volt rail embellishing its wattage but be as little use as a PSU with 50% less wattage.

    aside from quite a few databases suggesting quality PSUs because they have been reviewed or know to be good from real world usage: looking at the label and the rated specs of a PSU helps. lets take a look at yours and bigcyco1's suggestion (specifically the 12 volt rail since that is most important):
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 +12V@34A (34*12= 408 watts) 81.6% perfect, well within reason to deliver that.
    APEVIA JAVA ATX-JV650W +12V1@15A, +12V2@13A, +12V3@13A, +12V4@13A (54*12= 648 watts) 99.6%(?) something is wrong there. what about the 82.5 and 102.5 watts the 3.3 and 5 volt rail are rated? that would make it to be able to deliver 833 watts; 128% of its "labeled" rating.

    that is extremely misleading. they obviously labeled what the overload protection for the voltage is and not the continuous power specifications are. so with labeling like that; how trustworthy is it?
  7. I have one last question. How would a Mobo like this
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    effect my performance compare to one like this?
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  8. there are several aspects that the B75 has "better" than the H61
    first one is solid caps; longer life and more stability. also the biostar has 2 DIMM slots; granted you would probably only use two stick of RAM but the B75 support ddr3 1600 whereas the H61 tops out at 1333. plus the B75 has more connectivity: USB3, SATA 6Gbs, more PCI slots. and finally the B75 is a ATX, not microATX board; bigger is easier to work on with more room for your fingers.
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