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First Build: ~$500 Gaming System

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November 2, 2012 1:54:40 PM

I'm planning on building a gaming system based on August's $500 gaming machine. This will be my first build and most powerful machine I'll have owned to date so I was hoping to get some advice before I buy all the parts. Here is what I have in my carts from Amazon and NewEgg:

Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor G860 3.0 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory

Diablotek PHD Series PHD450 450W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

NZXT Technologies Source 210 ComputerCase

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1461-KR

The machine will mostly always connected to an LCD TV for watching TV/Movies and gaming (Diablo 3, Planetside 2, Fallout New Vegas, Arma II (Day Z mod)). I would love some general advice, but also have some specific questions.

Most importantly, will all of this work together and did I miss anything?

Should I stick with Windows 7 for now? What's the best way to purchase an OS for a new build like this?

Any glaring improvements that could be made for relatively cheap? I could probably throw another $75 at it.

If I'm not mistaken the GPU's output (that I'll be using) is HDMI mini. Will there be any loss in using an adapter to convert to reg HDMI?

Lastly, what will I need to upgrade first if I continue to buy new games as they come out and when you you think that might be?

Thanks to anyone willing to put up with the new idiot!
November 2, 2012 6:27:46 PM

If I missed some information required to be able to give advice please let me know. I'd really like some input on this before I spend the money with it being my first build and all. Thanks for reading.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 2, 2012 6:50:45 PM

I would definitely not recommend that DiabloTek PSU. They generally make pretty garbage quality power supplies.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($171.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $499.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This offers a better video card and a more reliable power supply.

If you want to buy Windows, generally Amazon has a cheaper price. If you don't plan on upgrading anything anytime soon, then go with the OEM version of Windows.

It might be a bit over the budget, and if that is an issue, then you can downgrade to a Radeon HD7770.
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November 2, 2012 7:03:39 PM

I'm pretty loose on the budget. Would like to keep it under 550 (not including OS) but would go a bit higher if it were necessary for longevity. Guess that could turn in to an endless cycle though. Thank you very much for the input.
a b 4 Gaming
November 2, 2012 7:28:18 PM

Deemo13 said:
I would definitely not recommend that DiabloTek PSU. They generally make pretty garbage quality power supplies.


Deemo's build is solid. The only possible improvement I would come up with is *if* you live near a microcenter, they now offer cpu/mobo bundles with the i3-3225. You could pick that up with one of the Gigabyte or MSI mATX boards for ~$160, which would bring your total to about $540.

have fun!
November 5, 2012 12:37:37 PM

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