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Budget Gaming Build (G630 & HD 5670)

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July 7, 2012 8:31:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of months.

Budget: $600 including tax + shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HTPC, Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (however I'll be buying wherever they're cheapest).

Country: USA

Overclocking: Probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (not sure maybe lower)


CPU: Intel Pentium G630 - 2x2.7 GHz ($63)

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5670 - 1 GB DDR3 ($74)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 ($54)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series - 4GB @ 1066 MHz ($22)

HD: WD Caviar Blue OEM - 500 GB ($65)

DVD: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE ($21)

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-380D Green ($45)

Case: Antec 300 ($50)

Moniter: Acer G215HVAbd ($120)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - 64 Bit / OEM Branded ($68)

Total: $582

Couple of questions.

Is the PSU strong enough?
And how are the CPU and GPU in comparision? A.K.A should I upgrade one and downgrade the other?
Thanks.
July 8, 2012 1:24:14 AM

A 6670 is a little better and at a lower price + better/sexier cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6570-rade...

I think the power supply should be good.

Get this ram instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



By the way with that build you will be screwed when the new consoles come out. That build will not even give "good" performance nowadays. The 6670 is not good for 1080p gaming. If you're going for such a budget build, get a monitor with a lower resolution like 1600x900.
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July 8, 2012 1:29:35 AM

If you have a Microcenter nearby, you could get a Phenom II x4+mobo for $100. 1066MHz RAM is slow for DDR3. 1333MHz will be better. I suggest you get a cheaper case, maybe for $40? The PSU is strong enough.
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July 9, 2012 2:10:18 PM

for $750 you can do better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($157.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R218-P-BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $706.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

with a Corsair CX 430 v2 and a HD 7850 its a bit over at $777
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July 9, 2012 2:46:17 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
for $750 you can do better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($157.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R218-P-BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $706.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

with a Corsair CX 430 v2 and a HD 7850 its a bit over at $777


Thanks for the help. However I have to purchase a monitor also and still keep the price under $750.
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July 9, 2012 5:35:18 PM

alright, a slight change to add a monitor and a still decent video card:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill R218-P-BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $759.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 11, 2012 2:59:05 PM

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