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December 12, 2012 2:09:03 AM

I probably could spend more but enjoy the challenge. I have some components to spare which should save me some cash. Let's assume that I have a case, operating system, hard drive, and monitor already in my possession. That leaves CPU, MB, GPU, Ram, and CPU for roughly $300.

Here is what I have been thinking.

CPU: Intel G630 @ 2.7 ghz
Ram: 4GB DDR 3
MB: Gigabyte Micro ATX

I can get those three for $125 shipped in a combo pack.

That leaves about $175 for PSU and GPU.

For PSU, I have heard good things about the Corsair CX430 for a budget. I can do that for $25 roughly on Ebay.

GPU: GeForce GTX 650 Ti for $140.

That leaves some left for beer.

Questions:

1) Could I run newer games FC3, BF3, etc... at a decent resolution with this? ( I am not picky...currently playing games on my laptop with Phenom II N660 and Radeon 6650m)

2) Is the PSU strong enough?

3) Am I overlooking some other, better option?

Thanks guys for your help.

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December 12, 2012 2:17:21 AM

makarov said:
I probably could spend more but enjoy the challenge. I have some components to spare which should save me some cash. Let's assume that I have a case, operating system, hard drive, and monitor already in my possession. That leaves CPU, MB, GPU, Ram, and CPU for roughly $300.

Here is what I have been thinking.

CPU: Intel G630 @ 2.7 ghz
Ram: 4GB DDR 3
MB: Gigabyte Micro ATX

I can get those three for $125 shipped in a combo pack.

That leaves about $175 for PSU and GPU.

For PSU, I have heard good things about the Corsair CX430 for a budget. I can do that for $25 roughly on Ebay.

GPU: GeForce GTX 650 Ti for $140.

That leaves some left for beer.

Questions:

1) Could I run newer games FC3, BF3, etc... at a decent resolution with this? ( I am not picky...currently playing games on my laptop with Phenom II N660 and Radeon 6650m)

2) Is the PSU strong enough?

3) Am I overlooking some other, better option?

Thanks guys for your help.


No you could not. The 650 Ti isn't very strong, and it is terrible price/performance wise. The 7850 1GB could do all those things you want, though I recommend you just spend the extra $40 for a 7870. Otherwise a 7770 is very good price/performance wise though slightly weaker than the 650 Ti.
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December 12, 2012 2:37:26 AM

The 650ti is good for 720p, it will run any game at those resolutions even at high settings :

Just my advice, get a better psu and a better cpu :
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.55 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61MXV Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Total: $294.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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December 12, 2012 2:55:23 AM

djangoringo said:
The 650ti is good for 720p, it will run any game at those resolutions even at high settings :

Just my advice, get a better psu and a better cpu :
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.55 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61MXV Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Total: $294.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


This build is good but again a 7850 blows a 650 Ti away and costs barely more if not the same.
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December 12, 2012 3:03:02 AM

I couldn't get the 7850 under 300$ without rebate, if not there's a 660 gtx in newegg at 179.99$ after rebate.
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December 12, 2012 10:52:29 AM

You guys are seriously awesome, thank you for your help.

I do agree that django's build is a lot better than mine (and good catch on a better PSU). I thought for sure the combo on MB,CPU, and RAM I found was the best deal out. Glad I stopped here first.

I'm probably going to purchase the MB, CPU, RAM, and PSU and then make a decision later about the graphics card.

Thanks again for your help. I'll do some benchmarking for everyone in a few weeks!
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December 13, 2012 10:35:15 AM

Everyone, thank you again for your help. I did some research and settled on an XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7850 for roughly $160sh shipped after rebate from newegg. The final total (I believe, haven't exactly calculated) will be a little over $300 but the extra bucks were spent where it matters.

I think that card will be a monster in my rig and I can always update my cpu and memory later, if needed.

I'm building this bad boy next weekend so I will post some feedback then. Again, thank you and happy holidays.
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