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Budget Gaming Built (First Time) HELP!

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August 13, 2012 3:09:54 PM

I am switching up certain components of my CPU so that I can play games on my home PC. Originally, I have a Compaq Presario CQ5320Y Desktop, Here are the specs-

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...

The components I want to switch out are the Processor, RAM and the Video Card. I am not sure if I need to get a new PSU (current one has 250W).

I was looking at a 4GB DDR3 1066 for one of my slots, leaving me with 6GB RAM total.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for my processor, I was looking at AMD II X3 Processor 3.2 GHz (can unlock the fourth core)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And for my video card, I was split in between Radeon 6850 or GTx 550ti


This is my first time building a PC (as you can tell), and I opened my case for the first time today. So any help would be greatly appreciated.
How can I improve my built? Will my current PSU suffice? What about if I unlock the fourth core? Are there any other components I need to add? Does sound matter? Do I need a cooler? What games/settings can I expect to play with this rig? BF3?GTA5?CS?

Thanks in advance.
August 13, 2012 4:44:58 PM

the current PSU won't suffice, get an antec or corsair 500W.

I'd go ahead and get an athlon II X4, only $20 difference, as that is NOT an unlocking motherboard.


I'd say the 560ti is a faster card, the 6850 uses less power

August 13, 2012 5:32:22 PM

Thanks for the advice! How did you determine how much wattage this needs? Is it based on the GPU?
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August 13, 2012 5:49:23 PM

Pretty much. Once you learn about the PSUs you begin to just pick up on what will suffice. I personally love the seasonic 520w bronze here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093


I would suggest getting this PSU before the other parts. If you're going gaming you should let us know how much money you're going to invest in the new upgrades.
August 13, 2012 6:09:42 PM

Yea that will work, but the reason the Seasonic cost more is because it's more organized. If you look at the pictures you will notice the seasonic can plug in the cords it needs and unplug the ones it doesn't. The one you are thinking about doesn't have that, there for is cheaper. But you won't need 600w anyway. If you're gonna do that, just get this;

Seasonic PSU Non-Modular


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit


I honestly wouldn't suggest going any cheaper than that.
August 13, 2012 6:11:37 PM

yes. you'll be find with the 500W version of that same power unit. if you go 6850, you can get the 430W version
August 13, 2012 6:16:46 PM

^^^ He is right.
August 13, 2012 6:17:41 PM

infumed said:
Yea that will work, but the reason the Seasonic cost more is because it's more organized. If you look at the pictures you will notice the seasonic can plug in the cords it needs and unplug the ones it doesn't. The one you are thinking about doesn't have that, there for is cheaper. But you won't need 600w anyway. If you're gonna do that, just get this;

Seasonic PSU Non-Modular


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit


I honestly wouldn't suggest going any cheaper than that.



can't use the 965 on his motherboard. its a 95W limit

use this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 13, 2012 6:20:45 PM

I think you would be better off selling that computer and just building a decent 600-650 dollar budget build. You won't regret it. I wish I would of saved up instead of upgrading my old computer.
August 13, 2012 6:28:12 PM

the hyper 212+ is a great cooler.

Just note the 95W limit on your old motherboard
August 13, 2012 6:33:17 PM



Do I need to buy an aftermarket cooler for the first one? (I am still using my original case) Or do you think I am better off going for the OEM's that are $20.00 cheaper and then buying this- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $20
August 13, 2012 6:34:56 PM

infumed said:
I think you would be better off selling that computer and just building a decent 600-650 dollar budget build. You won't regret it. I wish I would of saved up instead of upgrading my old computer.


I wish I had that kind of money to spend on this lol. But I know what you mean.
August 13, 2012 6:39:18 PM

Well, it took me 2 months of saving in order to buy my computer. and I don't regret the wait.
August 13, 2012 6:51:19 PM

infumed said:
Well, it took me 2 months of saving in order to buy my computer. and I don't regret the wait.

I would do that but I lack patience. I am not a huge gamer and school starts soon so I will be fine. Thanks for the input though.

Do you think this will run BF3 by any chance?
August 13, 2012 7:17:45 PM

Yea, I run BF3 with my 6850 on ultra 1080p.
August 13, 2012 7:33:49 PM

Nice but you have 6 cores:) 
August 13, 2012 11:08:47 PM

that doesn't matter as much in games.

the 640 I posted above comes with a heat sink, the 645 doesn't, which is why I included the Hyper TX3, a good bargain cooler.
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