Budget sim racing computer help needed


Nov 28, 2008
I am updating from a AMD XP 2600+ 1.91 GHZ with a 128 meg AGP card that i built back in 2002- 03ish. i don't need state of the art and these items listed below fit my budget nicely. I wont be going SLI later with this setup and i already have a case.

Mainly i run games like Call of duty and a few racing games like Nascar 2003 R Factor and Arca sim racing. my rig now runs Nascar 2003 ok but i cant run the other racing games at all due to slow frame rates.

What i need to know is how do these budget components look and can someone recommend a good reasonably priced power supply. any help or ideas will greatly appreciated.

motherboard gigabyte ga ma770 ud3 am2

processor AMD black Kuma 2.8 GHZ

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB

XFX GS250XYDFU GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express



Mar 7, 2009

Woah now that may be overkill if he has a 1280x1024 monitor or 1024x768 monitor...this guys last pc was in 02....don't recommend that kind of power for light sim racing and cod games....money could definitely be better spent on a stronger and more lasting cpu that wouldn't hinder him in titles like dirt and games to come that will support quad cores....

I would spend a bit more and go for a Phenom II chip...the 710 or 720 would make your computer last a whole lot longer....even though it would be overkill for your gaming needs you will have the option to play the latest titles such as gta iv if you cared to and future titles will be playable as well....and what are you going to want to replace sooner the cpu or gpu?....you could use a chip in the same range as the 250 gts..such as the 4770 or 4850 they are at great prices and when you feel you need a boost in gpu power you could upgrade...since you don't seem like the kind of guy who needs tons of aa or af....but before i make a sure recommendation i need your resolution...
^+1. Considering where you are now and where you're going, a little more in the CPU department is a good idea.
Definitely do not buy a cheap PSU. Find one that is 80+ certified with Active PFC (no voltage switch) to be sure of having a modern design. Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, and Enermax are among the better brands.