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August 6, 2012 5:06:25 PM

Good morning everyone,

I built my current desktop in 2006 just before going off to college. Sadly, it sat in storage for many years and I find that it has trouble running just about anything these days :lol:  Any advice I could solicit in my qyest for a budget minded gaming desktop build would be much appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ASAP/This week

Budget Range: ~$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming video

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, graphics card, HD, case, PSU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've used Newegg in the past without issue

Location: Dallas, TX (next to several Fry's)

Parts Preferences: I've been out of the loop for a long time. I really have no idea.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I'm using an Olevia LCD HDTV (226-T11), I understand it has a max resolution of 1360 x 768

Additional Comments: I'd like to continue playing Team Fortress 2 & League of Legends (preferably above my current ~15 fps, all low settings). Would love to play Diablo III.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current desktop is six years old and struggles mightily to run the games I play with my buddies at reasonable frame rates.
a c 247 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 5:37:27 PM

Ugh - Fry's is so dishonest that it's hard to recommend them for anything. You could at least buy the case there to avoid shipping fees, but watch for the ones marked "returned item".

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($164.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $720.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 13:37 EDT-0400)
August 6, 2012 5:45:08 PM

That's excellent, thank you.
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a c 247 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 6:39:53 PM

Wisecracker said:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb: $122
(with Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner)

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB:$200 before $10 rebate

Asus M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3: $103

Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB: $75 with code
(ends today!)

OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA III SSD: $60 before $10 rebate

That's $560.00 before $20 in rebates.


I would not recommend a single component in that system. The i5-2400 and i5-3450 pretty much destroy the 965 in every single category: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=363

The OCZ Agility 3 is not a good choice as OCZ is far from the most reliable SSD vendor in the industry.
a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 6:43:14 PM

Also, including an SSD at this budget is not wise. The GPU power matters the most.
a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 6:49:43 PM


LOL @ Intel Fan boys

Match that rig, girls ---- $700 with an HD6950, 60GB SSD for OS/Apps and a 1TB Spinpoint F3



a c 247 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 6:53:21 PM

Wisecracker said:
LOL @ Intel Fan boys

Match that rig, girls ---- $700 with an HD6950, 60GB SSD for OS/Apps and a 1TB Spinpoint F3


You have a crappy SSD choice, the 1TB hard drive give or take. The 6950 is good, 7850 would be better.

Sexist comment = not that cool.
a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 6:58:01 PM

You might want to look up the word fan boy mate. When a product is CLEARLY better than another, it is called wise spending, not fanboyism.
a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 6:58:10 PM


Stop whining, and match that rig.

I've installed more than a half-dozen OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSDs. No worries, with a simple tool to upgrade the firmware.

It simply tears you fanboys up when you can't top a build, doesn't it?

a c 247 4 Gaming
August 6, 2012 7:06:52 PM

Wisecracker said:
Stop whining, and match that rig.

I've installed more than a half-dozen OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSDs. No worries, with a simple tool to upgrade the firmware.

It simply tears you fanboys up when you can't top a build, doesn't it?


How about I back up my build with facts:

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/822/AMD_Phenom_II_X4_9...

Pretty much the only areas where the 965 beats the 3450 are in a DVD playback app ( :lol:  ) and a couple of calculations. Nice try.

As far as the SSD goes - I've had Sandforce drives and Marvell drives. On a budget that inexpensive it'd be far better to put that money in a good GPU than an SSD, you can always add one later.
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