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October 6, 2012 2:26:23 AM

This is what I have. What do you think? (I already have a video card, a 550 ti)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jsWM

I WILL upgrade the CPU and video card in the future, but what do you think for short term mid range gaming at 720p (1366x768)? Anything I need to or should change?
October 6, 2012 3:44:57 AM

The post is halfway down the page, bump.
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October 6, 2012 3:56:24 AM

What is your budget? You don't need that much power on your power supply. Even 500w is good, I would recommend something like the Corsair CX500 V2. As for a case, I also recommend the Cooler Master HAF 912. It offers exceptional value and ease of use at what I believe is the best value. That SSD is a little slow but at your price range I assume it is pretty hard to find one.
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October 6, 2012 4:18:25 AM

I would swap to a Core i3-3220 and an XFX 550W PSU.
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October 6, 2012 2:12:53 PM

completelyrandomname said:
What is your budget? You don't need that much power on your power supply. Even 500w is good, I would recommend something like the Corsair CX500 V2. As for a case, I also recommend the Cooler Master HAF 912. It offers exceptional value and ease of use at what I believe is the best value. That SSD is a little slow but at your price range I assume it is pretty hard to find one.

I already have my case. I am also looking to upgrade to a 670 in the future and I want to be sure that I have enough power.

I want to try to go under $600 if at all possible.
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October 6, 2012 3:05:20 PM

Well if you're going to upgrade it in the near future, you should change a LOT.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD55 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.91 @ CompUSA)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $482.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The only thing in this build that's inferior to the one you built is the processor.And in games you're unlikely to see more than 10% difference.But everthing else is FAR better.And also i didn't include a SSD because i cant make up my mind and chose one of these three SSD's.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-internal-hard-driv...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-vt...

But if the SSD is only going to be used for the OS then the Vertex 4 is the best of the three.
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October 6, 2012 3:26:06 PM

Here's a better setup. Far better processor, better PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $597.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 6, 2012 11:37:32 PM

Best answer selected by originalxmun.
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October 6, 2012 11:38:14 PM

Kamen_BG said:
Well if you're going to upgrade it in the near future, you should change a LOT.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD55 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.91 @ CompUSA)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $482.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The only thing in this build that's inferior to the one you built is the processor.And in games you're unlikely to see more than 10% difference.But everthing else is FAR better.And also i didn't include a SSD because i cant make up my mind and chose one of these three SSD's.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-internal-hard-driv...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-vt...

But if the SSD is only going to be used for the OS then the Vertex 4 is the best of the three.
Thanks for the help, but do you think that the SSD is worth the extra cash?
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October 7, 2012 12:42:49 AM

originalxmun said:
Thanks for the help, but do you think that the SSD is worth the extra cash?

It's not really worth it for the effect on gaming. But the overall effect on system responsiveness makes it worth it IMO.

Anyway, you should still not get the build he recommended, you'd be stuck with both a weak CPU and your semi-weak GPU. With my build you get a much better CPU so you can upgrade your GPU later without running into a CPU bottleneck. Also a better PSU for the same price.
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October 7, 2012 12:53:42 AM

Sakkura said:
It's not really worth it for the effect on gaming. But the overall effect on system responsiveness makes it worth it IMO.

Anyway, you should still not get the build he recommended, you'd be stuck with both a weak CPU and your semi-weak GPU. With my build you get a much better CPU so you can upgrade your GPU later without running into a CPU bottleneck. Also a better PSU for the same price.
I understand that your build is better, but I am young and don't have a job, so money is kind of hard to get. His build is cheaper. I will also upgrade to an i5 in the future and a gtx 670, so I don't mind having a dual core pentium for now.
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October 7, 2012 2:24:30 AM

Okay, I just stuck to your $600 budget. Honestly, buying a weak CPU now and having to upgrade soon is going to cost you more in the long run than getting a decent CPU now. Plus, with the SSD he's recommending the two builds end up costing nearly the same.
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October 7, 2012 4:18:32 AM

Sakkura said:
Okay, I just stuck to your $600 budget. Honestly, buying a weak CPU now and having to upgrade soon is going to cost you more in the long run than getting a decent CPU now. Plus, with the SSD he's recommending the two builds end up costing nearly the same.
Yeah, I guess getting the i5 now would make more sense.
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October 7, 2012 4:21:12 AM

What you could do, if necessary, is to skip the SSD for now. It is a nice to have, not a need to have.
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