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$550 budget light gaming build

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July 16, 2012 10:10:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week

Budget Range: $550.00 max - after tax/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming,Editing,Web browsing/videos

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: yes, windows 7 64 bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Canada: Ontario

Parts Preferences: AMD GPU

Parts not needed: Mouse,keyboard,Speakers,Monitor


Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Mainly for LIGHT gaming.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current system is weak for tasks done and Need a complete new system
July 16, 2012 10:35:07 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ciWP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ciWP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ciWP/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.93 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($47.62 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $414.19

(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I have allowed $75 for PC assembly/testing and ground shipping. 13% HST not included. If you have any spare budget, upgrade the Celeron G to a Pentium G and maybe another 4GB in memory...there are only 2 memory slots on this mobo. Not a lot of excess capacity in a 400 watt PS. This is an alternate PS, 550 watt OCZ ZS550W for the same $38.88 price. Both are Seasonic.

At 1280x1024, using HD 6670 DDR3, Diablo 3 averages almost 60 fps in highest details, AA enabled.

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July 16, 2012 10:47:33 PM

for this lower price, you might be better served with getting a pre-built. hate to say it, but a dell or hp fits well into this price-range.

Windows itself eats up 20% of your budget.
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July 16, 2012 11:00:43 PM

raytseng said:
for this lower price, you might be better served with getting a pre-built. hate to say it, but a dell or hp fits well into this price-range.

Windows itself eats up 20% of your budget.


Would have to be a refurbished PC like the following:

$249 http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-...

Would need to replace the graphics card and the 250 watt power supply. $40 for the OCZ 550 watt (see above). $50 after MIR for the Gigabyte HD 6670 (see above)...you may even be able to upgrade to a faster video card...HD 7750 ($80 after MIR at Memory Express).

HD 6670 may work with the existing 250 watt PS...it's iffy at best due to the lower quality of the PS (99% of these refurbs have poor PS). One of my refurb HP's has a 300 watt Bestec PS...suspect brand for sure.

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July 16, 2012 11:20:48 PM

doesn't need to be refurb. I was thinking more along the lines of buyig something like this and then slapping in the video card.

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-620/pd.aspx?~ck=mn

google search indicates people have been successful running discrete video card with their dells without needing to switch powersupplies-especially if you pick a more efficient video card like the 7750 mentioned above. ymmv.


I didn't really research too much, but that may be the best way on this budget, even though personally I would find this computer sucky (for my picky high-end tastes).

That being said, using the extra money for a nice new bigger monitor will probably bring you more joy to the OP, over spending that money on the actual computer "bits".
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July 16, 2012 11:39:34 PM

One option is to buy those CPU/mobo/etc bundles at Tigerdirect.ca I have seen a few AMD based "kits" for $299 or so....and add whatever is needed for a complete budget system....this is especially a good deal when on sale and if one is handy.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/category/categor...

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