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August 5, 2012 9:52:19 AM

Hello,

Making this PC for running BF3 and Minecraft on medium setting with high frames, as well as running GTA IV on low settings with high frames.

This is my first build, just need someone to have a look over it to make sure its all good.
Build:

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD7770 1GB GHZ Edition OC
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=20690

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=15892

Processor: Intel Core i3 2120
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=16726

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=19482

Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Gaming Keyboard Matte Black
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=19065

Motherboard: ASRock B75M Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Monitor: Acer S220HQLBD 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

TOTAL = $842 + $78 shipping
GRAND TOTAL = $920

My budget was $600..... If there is anywhere I can save some money, please let me know! Thanks in advance!
August 5, 2012 10:28:56 AM

Anyone? I really need help on this. I've saved up years for this and want to make sure it will work properly for what I want. Thanks.
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August 5, 2012 10:59:10 AM

Also was wondering if using a TV would be just as good as the monitor. It would save me $135 which is a lot for me.

TV SPECS

LCD
Viewing Picture Size (diagonal ) 22" (56cm)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Display Colours: 16.7M
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Response time: 5ms

If you need more stats, just let me know =D
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August 5, 2012 11:03:51 AM

What resolution? Can its brightness be reduced?
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August 5, 2012 11:16:52 AM

azeem40 said:
What resolution? Can its brightness be reduced?


Sorry, forgot the resolution its 1366 x 768, though you can change it around. 1366 x 768 is the highest I believe. Yes, I think you can change the brightness. Will the work for my build or will I need to buy one?
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August 5, 2012 11:45:57 AM

Anyone know if this will be practical? Thanks!
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August 5, 2012 12:52:01 PM

Silvune said:
For the same price this is a better PSU:
Antec VP550P
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
You could save by getting the VP450P.


I was recommended the power supply I chose. I'm new to this, but I thought 500w would be more than enough? Are there any other benefits to the psu you recommended? Also, does everything else look right? Thanks for the help!
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August 5, 2012 1:27:51 PM

I'm not recommending it because it has "50W more", I'm recommending it because it is a newer, better unit.
The Silverstone Strider Essential is an okay unit, in it's time it was probably quite a good unit, but it's time was a few years ago IMO.

Review for the VP550P:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Antec/VP550P/
Review for the ST50F-ES:
http://www.sweclockers.com/recension/12226/7

Notwithstanding the different testing equipment and methodology, they show that:
  • voltage regulation is similar,
  • ripple and noise suppression is better; ~20mV vs ~40mV on the +12V rails, the difference is greater in favour of the VP550P on the minor rails,
  • efficiency is slightly higher, the VP550P reaches 84% and is over 80% at full load,
  • build quality will be better on the VP550P because the OEM is Delta.

    Overall I wouldn't say that any of these things is a deal breaker, maybe if the VP550P was $10 more expensive it might not be worth it, but it is the same price so to me the choice is clear.

    Yea the rest of the build looks ok to me.
    Other ways to save money include getting a 500GB HDD and only 4GB of RAM.
    Yes I think you would be able to use your TV as your PC monitor.
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    August 5, 2012 9:09:19 PM

    It looks good, but the monitor is a better idea than the TV.
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    August 6, 2012 8:20:38 AM

    This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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