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February 4, 2013 1:56:18 AM

Hello Tomshardware community!, I must ask, Would these specs be a good enough Gaming PC for the following games to run at medium to high setting with a good framerate? Games: Minecraft, Team Fortress 2,Counter-Strike Source and GO, Garry's Mod, Most everything Half-Life 2. OK now the specs:

RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3 RAM
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
GPU:RADEON HD XFX 6570
PSU:Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply
Motherboard:AS Rock FX Socket AM3 Plus NVIDIA GeForce 7025 A V GbE Micro ATX
Case:Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior
DVD/CD Drive: SONY SATA Drive, I dont know the model because its from an older computer, still SATA Disk burning able.
HDD(Hard Drive): Western Digital 320GB Scorpio Blue SATAII 5400RPM 2.5IN 8MB Bulk/OEM

If you would like to point anything out please feel free too :) 

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February 4, 2013 2:27:08 AM

And yes, this is my first build.
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February 4, 2013 2:36:09 AM

BlakePC said:
Hello Tomshardware community!, I must ask, Would these specs be a good enough Gaming PC for the following games to run at medium to high setting with a good framerate? Games: Minecraft, Team Fortress 2,Counter-Strike Source and GO, Garry's Mod, Most everything Half-Life 2. OK now the specs:

RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3 RAM
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
GPU:RADEON HD XFX 6570
PSU:Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply
Motherboard:AS Rock FX Socket AM3 Plus NVIDIA GeForce 7025 A V GbE Micro ATX
Case:Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior
DVD/CD Drive: SONY SATA Drive, I dont know the model because its from an older computer, still SATA Disk burning able.
HDD(Hard Drive): Western Digital 320GB Scorpio Blue SATAII 5400RPM 2.5IN 8MB Bulk/OEM

If you would like to point anything out please feel free too :) 


Dont get a coolermaster PSU, they tend to die and bring your computer with. Go with something like Corsair.

Why are you getting a micro ATX motherboard? Your case supports a full ATX motherboard

Get something like a 500gb/1tb HDD. 320 is to small.

Also, 4gb of ram is pretty low for a computer now. 8gb is where you should be.

Just my opinion, not being an expert like some people here
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February 4, 2013 2:38:35 AM

What is your budget?
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February 4, 2013 2:42:45 AM

Those were pretty much all my thoughts, the PSU, Yeah the motherboard I dunno, I didn't really look into a full ATX, and this PC MUST be under $400,I cant afford any higher, and I was looking into a 500 GB but it was SeaGate, I didn't know if I should trust them. The RAM, Yeah I know, It was the price.
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February 4, 2013 2:43:41 AM

$400
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February 4, 2013 2:45:34 AM

I have a Seagate barracuda 500gb HDD and it works just fine. It did come DOA (Dead on arrival) but after agreeing that I am not a terrorist, Seagate gave me a shipping label to send it back and sent me a new one before they even received the other one.

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February 4, 2013 2:47:55 AM

Yeah, that was actually the exact one I was looking at, Thanks, I will buy.
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February 4, 2013 2:50:56 AM

Here you go. Way better build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $393.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 23:50 EST-0500)
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February 4, 2013 2:51:59 AM

Motherboard recommendation?
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February 4, 2013 2:53:15 AM

The one in the build I suggested. :D 
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February 4, 2013 2:54:18 AM

Best answer selected by BlakePC.
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February 4, 2013 2:55:24 AM

Thank You! I think this is the build I'm gonna go with.
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February 4, 2013 2:56:28 AM

No problem. You will be able to run games at med to high settings, no problem.
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February 4, 2013 2:59:06 AM

What's the standpoint on very demanding games?
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February 4, 2013 3:05:57 AM

Thank You! You are an unbelievable amount of help! :D 
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February 4, 2013 3:15:57 AM

Sure thing. Let us know how the build went when it completed. If you have any concerns about he build, you can PM me.
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February 4, 2013 3:18:39 AM

But wait....An OS. I dont have the money for Windows 7...I need it free
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February 4, 2013 3:20:29 AM

BlakePC said:
But wait....An OS. I dont have the money for Windows 7...I need it free


:non:  Can't do that my friend, sorry. Don't condone piracy on here. Let me see what I can do with an OS.
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February 4, 2013 3:22:31 AM

Yeah sorry, I meant cheap.
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February 4, 2013 3:27:04 AM

BlakePC said:
Yeah sorry, I meant cheap.


There are legal ways to find it for download on the web. You get a 30 day trail and then you have to purchase. Maybe in 30 days you will have enough saved up for the purchase.
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February 4, 2013 3:31:04 AM

Thank you for all the help and you will always be thanked by me. :D 
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