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$350 Gaming Computer Build - How does it look?

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November 28, 2012 9:41:17 PM

Greetings!

I am in the process in buying parts for my own custom gaming computer. I set a budget at $350 because I'm not super picky about what I have. (It'll still be better than console!) Tell me what you think! Also if I can do something better for $350 please let me know!

CPU:
AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz $58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
ASRock 770iCafe AM3+ AMD 770 ATX $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Western Digital 250 GB $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W $45.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also ripped out a DVD/CD Drive as well as a Maxtor 40GB HDD out of an older Gateway of mine. I plan running Windows XP Pro 64x
November 28, 2012 9:43:13 PM

Btw it ends up costing $336.97 plus shipping and including the mail in rebates.
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November 28, 2012 9:52:06 PM

This won't really play games better than a console. The CPU you listed is bottom of the barrel in terms of what you can get away with. Also, the DVD drive and HDD you salvaged are probably IDE and the motherboard won't support it. Look at intel Pentium line or maybe a phenom 2 x4 965 black edition.
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November 28, 2012 9:53:23 PM

Excuse me but, what's IDE?
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November 28, 2012 9:55:02 PM

its the interface of older style drives. Modern drives are connected using SATA connectors. Old drives use IDE connections which new motherboards no longer support.
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November 28, 2012 9:56:08 PM

Ah, it's exactly that! Thank you so much! So both the HDD and the CD/DVD drive won't work then?
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November 28, 2012 9:56:34 PM

No they won't.
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November 28, 2012 9:57:48 PM

Or sorry, tiny voices answered that. What would you recommend for the Dvd/cd drive then?
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November 28, 2012 10:00:41 PM

Darn you Tiny voices! It's a race then...
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November 28, 2012 10:10:16 PM

tiny voices said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q1oD

I made you this. Its as good as you will do on your budget. should play games on medium settings just fine.


I don't know if this website is crap then but.. according to game-debate.com I can play a game like Skyrim well on the build I already have.

http://www.game-debate.com/gaming-pc/index.php?r_id=127...

Is that just a fluke?

... and this Youtube video shows how my graphics card runs Skyrim and to me it looks pretty good! I know that it's with the i3 but does it really make that big of a difference?
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November 28, 2012 10:11:54 PM

^ +1 for the radeon 7770. I think it will be worth the extra money. +1 for the pentium cpu, same price. Better performance.
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November 28, 2012 10:13:10 PM

Tiny Voices build is the way to go. It's a lot more powerful then your proposed build.
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November 28, 2012 10:13:38 PM

The 7770 will be able to handle modern games. The card you listed will struggle on low settings with alot of games. definitely go for the intel + 7770
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November 28, 2012 10:15:07 PM

tiny voices said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/q1oD

I made you this. Its as good as you will do on your budget. should play games on medium settings just fine.


Wow this looks great you sure put a lot of time into this. Thanks for your help and I'll have to put this build into deep consideration!
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November 28, 2012 10:25:50 PM

tiny voices said:
Also, the DVD drive and HDD you salvaged are probably IDE and the motherboard won't support it.


http://www.amazon.com/HDE-SATA-Drive-Interface-Adapter/...

Gj on the build, though.

You *can* re-use your HDD and DVD. Putting the money towards a bit stronger processor is your best bet.
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November 28, 2012 10:32:35 PM

kassuba39 said:
Wow this looks great you sure put a lot of time into this. Thanks for your help and I'll have to put this build into deep consideration!


No problem man! Always glad to help. That's what I would do for sure.
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November 28, 2012 10:43:38 PM

I would agree with those above, go with the Intel (it rivals some x3/x4 core AMDs for gaming) and a 7750/7770 if you can swing it. What resolution is your monitor? If you are going to be playing at 1080 then definitely a 7750/7770. Tiny's build looks pretty solid.
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November 29, 2012 9:31:40 AM

xFriarx said:
I would agree with those above, go with the Intel (it rivals some x3/x4 core AMDs for gaming) and a 7750/7770 if you can swing it. What resolution is your monitor? If you are going to be playing at 1080 then definitely a 7750/7770. Tiny's build looks pretty solid.


1388x768 is my resolution.
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November 29, 2012 12:06:11 PM

In that case you should have no problem running games at high settings with the build I posted.
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November 29, 2012 4:11:41 PM

Yea, the lower resolution will help alot with the low-mid range gfx cards. That's alot less pixels to push compared to 1080 (almost half). I would still recommend going with a 7750/7770 though.
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