Budget Gaming PC


Aug 31, 2011
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvS0inkiWonDdHMyczFZcFo2aUI4LUdDYzZtTDlTNFE&hl=en_USIntel Core i5 2500K
VTX3D AMD Radeon HD6950 2GB
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EALX
Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive
CoolerMaster Silent Pro M600 600W
BitFenix Shinobi Window
BitFenix Spectre 140mm Black Tinted Red LED Fan
BitFenix Spectre 120mm Black Tinted Red LED Fan
Total Cost = $1,131.50
Google Docs Spreadsheet

Is this build any good? Will there be enough cooling? Will it be too loud? Is there enough power?

Prices from PC Case Gear
All prices are in AUD.
Alternate supliers must be in Melborne.


Hi there, welcome to the forums.

Can I ask a favor? please fill out this form, it will make it WAY easier for me to give suggestions: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

But off the top of my head, I see a few issues.

-New mobo. The gigabyte intergrated SSD thing was a novel concept, but it's not worth it. If you have a fast HDD, the caching feature the iSSD board uses barely makes a difference. Better spend that money on a real SSD.

-New PSU. Coolermaster doesn't make very good low end PSU's. Better to get one from Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX, or Silverstone. 500-750w range is what you want.

-Swap the HDD if you can. If the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is available there, definitely get it over the western digital as it will be a cheaper/faster drive.

-Case? The Shinobi case is a cool one to be sure, but it's acoustic and cooling performance aren't so "cool". Check out this review from Anandtech: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4460/bitfenix-shinobi-the-budget-ninja While it did OK, it was nothing super impressive.

Other than that, excellent job! The 2GB 6950 is a great choice, as is the 2500k.