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Budget gaming build

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July 10, 2012 8:14:47 PM

I want to be able to play games like Skyrim and diablo 3. (graphics level in the medium range).

I am looking at getting this bundle of new egg
and this graphics card.

Ive got about 500 to spend and was wondering if this build would be worth it.

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July 10, 2012 8:23:56 PM

it should work ok, but I don't like the combo. the 955 is pretty much end-of-life at this point, and I don't trust the HEC 585W PSU.

I assume you don't need an OS, Monitor, or the like. Gimme a bit, we might squeeze an intel processor in there that will outperform the Phenom II

this build should do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P23 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
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 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $510.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

you might want to add an extra fan or two to the case. the 7770 pretty much matches the 6850 with lower power usage
July 10, 2012 8:30:31 PM

I have a 550W power supply already so you can cut that out to save money. Im not sure if that changes your build at all.
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July 10, 2012 8:33:08 PM

If i expand the budget to 600 would that help. I would like to stay at 8 gigs of ram as i do lots of multi tasking with 3d modeling programs
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July 10, 2012 8:38:48 PM

what model is that 550W PSU?

if you up to $600, I'd suggest adding a small SSD (60 GB) and upping to a HD 6870
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July 10, 2012 8:55:11 PM

Though the 550W is peak rating (it is really a 500W unit), HardwareSecrets gave that one a golden award; previous Rocketfish PSU-shaped objects were generally IED's that snapped crackled and popped when tested.
I agree with ScrewySqrl except for the MSI mobo. I'd choose one from ASRock that also includes USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s.
July 10, 2012 8:58:11 PM

dont now tech talk. is that a good psu or no. If not could you recommend one?
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July 10, 2012 9:17:23 PM

from the Hardware Secrets review, the 550 (really 500W) PSU is 'good enough' for what it is. It's limited by a single 6-pin output, so a 7770, 6850 or 7850 are your only real options for a video card, along with low-end options that use just the PCIe power. No NVidia cards that use a single 6-pin are worth the price.

I'd use it with any of those 3 cards, but nothing higher power than that.

If you use that PSU, you save the $35 from the Antec 450W, and if you add another $100, you can afford to change from the 7770 to a HD7850, which along with the i5-2400 wll keep you gaming into 2014, at least
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July 10, 2012 9:41:37 PM