Ye Ol' Budget Gamer - Looking for Input on Build

pcnub90

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Hello all. First post here.

I've been looking into building a desktop PC for the first time, with the aim of mid-level gaming capabilities for a decent price. I primarilly intend to use it for Starcraft II, and SWtoR when it releases, so nothing too demanding. I am not looking for face-melting graphics. Just in need of a fast, responsive system that can play these games at a solid frame rate without dropping way low, for example, in 4v4 match ups on SCII.



Here is what I put together:
(from newegg)

GPU -- XFX Radeon HD 6670 HD-667X-ZAF3 Video Card

MEMORY -- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

MOBO -- ASUS M4A87TD EVO ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU -- AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX

STORAGE -- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD DRIVE -- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

PSU -- RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W Modular LED Power Supply

CASE -- Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

TOTAL PRICE -- ~$540



I wanted to post to ensure that all of these parts are compatible.

Any input/criticism/advise from more experienced builders would be much appreciated. Trying to keep the price around $500, so if anyone has any suggestions as to cost/efficiency that would be awesome.



 

michxymi

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It's not so good...Dual Core CPU when you can get a Quad Core, low quality PSU and case and finally not so powerful GPU (although I have to search to see if it's the best you can get with this budget..). Because with such budget Intel isn't an option, are you in a hurry to buy this? Because new AMD CPUs will be released by the end of the month and you can have more options....
 
much better


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hmm forgot cooler some $15 one should do fine

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207006
 

008Rohit

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Ohk, so this should play games better.

Processor : Intel Core i3 2100 - $125
Motherboard : ASRock H61M-GE - $63
RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $20
Graphics : XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $110
Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB - $40
PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 - $45
Case : Xigmatek ASGARD II ATX Mid Tower - $30

Total : $433 before rebates, $393 after rebates

you can squeeze in another 4GB RAM of the same model and make them work in dual channel mode.
 

pcnub90

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Thanks everyone for the input so far. I reworked the build with a mixture of your suggestions and the 2011 marathon build.

Here's what I got:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz ~$125

GPU: Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ~$165

MOBO: ASRock H61M-GE HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ~$63

PSU: Antec NEW ECO 400C 400W ~$30

STORAGE: Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200 RMP SATA ~$33

CASE: Xigmatek ASGARD II Mid Case - Black and Orange ;) ~$30

DRIVE: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD Burner ~$21

MEMORY: G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 ~$20
(if newegg restocks soon, otherwise some crucial 4GB 2x2GB cards)

TOTAL: ~$486 before rebates


Let me know what you think!
 

008Rohit

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The build looks solid. I'd just not run HD 6850 on a 400W PSU. Try to find discounts on Corsair CX430 or Antec Neo Eco 520.

Edit : Unlike the other neo eco PSUs the 400W one features a single +12V rail and delivers 30A which is more than enough for a HD 6850. Go on!
 
The 400w psu is plenty for your build with a 6850. I'm running a more power hungry HD5850 and i have a 380w psu and I still have over 50w of headroom.

If you plan to upgrade to a Ivy Bridge cpu and a new video card next year, then go with a 550w psu.

Make sure the ram you buy is 1.5v, not 1.65v.
 


They all have single 12v rails. ;) I have the 620w in my closet for my next upgrade.
 

pcnub90

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Thanks again for the input. I do appreciate it.

I think I'm about ready to make the purchase. Decided to go with the HIS 6850 with the free Dues Ex. ;) Looking forward to playing games at an ENJOYABLE level...as much as i hate to admit it, I've been running on a regular MacBook for the past couple years trying to run WoW/SC2. haha

Any further advice as far as building goes? Any good online guides/videos?

Also, once i have it all built, how much set up does one have to do as far as OS/drivers/software? I think I get the idea, just want to check my bases.

Thanks
 
my suggestion:
load the OS.
Load any drivers for the motherboard/gpu that came on disc with the hardware.
Download your antivirus choice
then do windows updates. you might have to repeat the windows update 2-5 times. do it until there is nothing left to update.
once that is done, download from NVidia or AMD the very latest video drivers

After that, load the rest of your software.