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Budget gaming computer (400-500)

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January 5, 2013 2:34:51 AM

I am trying to help a friend build a budget gaming computer and was wondering if anyone had any advise or recommendation for the current part list or if you would do something completely different. Thanks in advance for the help.


Approximate Purchase Date: within a week or two

Budget Range: 400-500 after shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (battlefield 3, saints row 3)
Are you buying a monitor: no
Do you need to buy OS: no
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: it would be helpful if everything came from newegg
Overclocking: maybe later after upgrades
SLI or Crossfire: no
Your Monitor Resolution: upgrading later to 1920x1080

Current part list:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Radeon 7750- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: Kingston HyperX 4gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...\

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 5, 2013 4:03:54 AM

I'm not sure if i3 would be able to handle Multiplayer
But GTX 650 Ti is going to be best
PSU Edited ;)  Sorry... Forgot that it didn't needed much

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $491.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 5, 2013 5:16:41 AM

^^ Except a nice 500W PSU should be sufficient.
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January 5, 2013 5:42:14 AM

Even an Antec VP-450 or Antec Basiq 450 or similar PSU would be more than enough while being cheaper.
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January 9, 2013 5:35:42 AM

Only thing I would change is get the gtx 660 and downgrade to a pentium g860
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January 10, 2013 9:57:38 PM

Good luck getting a GTX 660 in that system from the mere savings of going down to a Pentium G860. Besides, even if a good enough deal was found to not alter the budget too much, I wouldn't pair a GTX 660 with any current Pentium except for a gaming system that is specifically built for lightly threaded games rather than general gaming. Newer games are getting more and more well-threaded and a few games perform poorly on Pentiums compared to i3s and better.
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