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September 15, 2012 3:15:11 AM

Hello forums. I haven't built or bought a new PC in 5-6 years. I wanted to get back into it with a very low budget, casual gaming rig for World of Warcraft and Skyrim. It will be my main computer so all other daily routines will be done on it as well; Facebook, Youtube, Twitch TV, Email & Photo Editing (nothing major).

Approximate Purchase Date: Monday 9/17/2012
Budget Range: $450 ($500 after taxes & shipping)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching HD Videos & Streams, Gaming, Photo Editing
Are you buying a monitor: NO Overclocking: NO SLI: NO
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg only

Here is the system I priced out @ Newegg ($492 after shipping & taxes)

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
ASUS M5A78L-M AM3+
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 (2x4gb)
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200RPM SATA 3gb/s
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Rosewill Stallion 450W ATX V2.2
Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower

If you have any ideas (Different CPU, Less RAM, Better Graphics) please feel free. Also, I am not biased for AMD, I've just reaad really good reviews on the Phenoms.

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2012 3:40:28 AM

here, this build is LOT better:

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master RC-361-KKN1 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $498.88
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September 15, 2012 4:15:06 AM

As much as I would like all that, I'm trying to tweak it because my budget is $500 including shipping & taxes. California is 8% sales tax. So the build has to be around $450 to account for the extras.

Edit: With your build I can't afford the Case & PSU. I am however trying to eek out every ounce pf performance for the $450 because it will be awhile before I upgrade.

Here is what I came up with
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September 15, 2012 6:18:01 AM

dscudella said:
As much as I would like all that, I'm trying to tweak it because my budget is $500 including shipping & taxes. California is 8% sales tax. So the build has to be around $450 to account for the extras.

Edit: With your build I can't afford the Case & PSU. I am however trying to eek out every ounce pf performance for the $450 because it will be awhile before I upgrade.

Here is what I came up with


You would have much better performance with a Radeon HD 7770 video card like idroid mentioned and it's only like $10 more.
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September 15, 2012 4:47:56 PM

So after much tweaking with other components I've decided on two possible CPU / Video Card combinations.

i3-3220 Ivy @3.3ghz with Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770

or

Intel G870 @3.1ghz with Sapphire Radeon HD 6870

The G870 was voted "Best Gaming CPU for $100" ($89) with the 256 bit Radeon 6870 ($175) or do I get with the more powerful i3-3220 Ivy ($119) but "skimp" on the video and get the 128 bit Radeon 7770 ($137)

I guess I'm asking which combination would give me more performance and which one would YOU rather have.

Edit: I'll be purchasing on Monday 9-17-12

Edit: Main use: Watching HD Videos & live streams, the standard social media, Skyrim (4-6 hours per week) & World of Warcraft (15-20 hours per week). I won't be doing any other gaming on this setup.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2012 7:50:35 PM

hmm that is a tough choice what kind of games do you want to play? bf3 what?
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September 15, 2012 7:58:49 PM

Skyrim for 4-6 hours per week and World of Warcraft for 15-20 hours per week, that's it for PC. Everything else gets played on the Xbox 360.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2012 8:00:02 PM

hmm does the settings matter? so high maxed out what?
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September 15, 2012 8:21:03 PM

Here is what I think I'm going with. By dropping the Case and picking up a used one somewhere I can get the i3-2100 and a Radeon 6850. I am a little skeptical of the PSU though, I don't quite know how much power I'll actually need.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2012 9:08:04 PM

hmm look it up im not sure as well

i also use a 6850 you wont be able to play syirm at the ultra but you will be able to play it well at medium or even low
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September 22, 2012 12:06:19 AM

Best answer selected by dscudella.
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September 22, 2012 12:06:21 AM

PanicMaster85 said:
hmm look it up im not sure as well

i also use a 6850 you wont be able to play syirm at the ultra but you will be able to play it well at medium or even low


I actually just got the rig built and with an i3-2100, radeon 6850 & 8gb 1333 I'm playing @ 1080 on High settings.
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