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First Custom PC under $250. How did I do?

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January 15, 2013 11:54:09 PM

Hello to everyone at Tom's Hardware, For a couple of years I always wanted to make a custom pc that can be used for gaming. I could not wait any longer and made it before Christmas of 2012. On this custom pc, I do play lots of games but I don't have the need to play everything at the highest resolution. Some of the games off the top of head are Borderlands 2 ,Dead Rising 2: Off The Record, Metro 2033, Saints Row 3, CS:GO to name a few. But like in the title says, How did I do for my first custom pc?
P.S I already owned an old SSD and HDD along with all the peripherals so I did not include them. Got the Video Card for about $5.00 cheaper on Amazon and the Case I bought about $10 cheaper but still from Newegg.

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xqZF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xqZF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xqZF/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-E33/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GT 630 1GB Video Card ($53.57 @ Newegg)
Case: Sentey CS3-3340 TAC2.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $254.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 20:51 EST-0500)

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2013 11:57:45 PM

The PSU is questionable. Usually Coolermaster is a NO-NO for PSU's
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January 16, 2013 1:26:36 AM

Should have done more research on psu's then. That was the only thing that I did not check out to compare as much as the other components.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 1:30:36 AM

You only need like 300w for this system. If you come close to the 500w cap on that PSU it will likely fail.

A Corsair cx430 would have been the optimal choice.
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January 16, 2013 5:34:36 AM

I will keep that in mind when if I change out the components which will not be for awhile. Thanks for your input on PSUs
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 5:47:05 AM

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-eX...

This is a review of your PSU. It doesn't seem as bad as some of the Coolermaster PSU's but isn't recommended and I would still recommend you replace it with one from Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair.

How well does this system run these games? A gt630 isn't a gaming video card by any means at all and I'm curious as to if it can run these games.
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January 16, 2013 6:33:21 AM

I will let you know in the next couple of days. Have not really done benchmarks or what not. All I know is that I am gaming better than my laptop that I have for about 4 months.
My specs to my laptop
ASUS U47A-BGR4

CPU: Core i7-2640m
GPU: Intel Hd 3000 Integrated Graphics
RAM: 8 Gigs at 1333mhz
Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768

Coming from that laptop. Gaming at least for me is better. I probably keep using my laptop for my college work, video editing, and Game emulators.
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January 16, 2013 8:24:15 AM

CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Microcenter) *Pickup only.
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($77.86 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC DIY-5823 B/S (Black/Silver) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $249.80
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