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February 24, 2013 3:56:26 PM

Ok so Im looing for some advice before i spend my tax return on some upgrade to my budget gamer.

This is what i have picked out so far. I have an existing pc with a 640 w psu, and some hdd's as well.


GPU:
EVGA SSC 01G-P4-3652-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

CPU:
AMD FX-4300 FX-Series Four-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD4300WMHKBOX

Mobo:
BIOSTAR A960A3+ AM3+ AMD RX881 ATX AMD Motherboard

Ram:
Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD38192M1600HC9DC-

SSD: (possibly adding this, my boot HDD is an old ide drive)
ADATA USA Premier Pro 2.5-Inch 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive ASP900S3-64GM-C

That puts me around 470ish and thats pushing my orginal budget of 360$(funny how that number gets higher as i fumble around the internet) and i dont want to go any higher than that.

Any optimization on parts or suggestions would be awsome. Im running Win7 64bit and usually play MMO's (ie diablo wow ect ect) so any idea woudl be greatly apperciated

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April 8, 2013 11:39:43 PM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($91.60 @ Compuvest)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 40GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($133.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $408.05 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 02:38 EDT-0400)
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April 9, 2013 1:59:56 AM

My comments:

1. SSD. 40-64GB SSD is not a very good choice. You will run out of space very soon and/or you can not put your games in it. Games gain also benefit from SSD for loading time. SSD is basically a luxury and for an optimal solution you will need at least 128GB. I say, drop the SSD for now if you do not have enough money.

2. I do not recommend to get Biostar and Team as brand, those are really low end brands in my opinion and will be broken very easily. I have already bad experiences especially with Biostar.
For mobo, I would recommend only MSI, ASRock, ASUS and Gigabyte.
For RAM, I would recommend G.Skill and Corsair

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