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$500 Budget Gaming Rig - Comments?


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#1 Marth_01

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 01:10 PM

BUDGET = $500 (already have OS)
GAMES = Portal 2, League of Legends, Starcraft II, Diablo III, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and new MMOs.

Parts list based on Tom's Hardware System Builder Marathon Sept 2011 $500 Budget

Current Parts List:
$120 = CPU = AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb
$60 = MOBO = ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770
$120 = GPU = Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
$65 = CASE = Rosewill Cruiser Gaming Mid Tower
$30 = RAM = G.Skill Ripjaws X, 4 GB (2x2gb), 1333mhz
$45 = PSU = CORSAIR CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified
$50 = HDD = Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
$20 = ODD = Asus 24X CD/DVD Burner
$510 = TOTAL

Questions
Any comments on the particular parts?
Any suggestion on the Mid Tower case?
Instead of the Radeon HD 6770, should I get the Radeon HD 6790? ($140), or maybe the Radeon HD 6850 ($150)?
Instead of the Corsair 430W PSU, should I get the CORSAIR CX500 V2 500W ($60)?
Instead of the ASRock Motherboard, if I wanted USB 3.0 and SATA III what board should I switch to?

Thanks for your time!

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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 01:48 PM

I would definitely upgrade the PSU to the 500 Watt for future upgradability and also get a full tower case to provide ample room for cooling and air flow. Your processor and video card will get hot and add unnecessary heat to other components like the hard drives.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 03:48 PM

I would go for a different brand motherboard I have nothing but problems with asrock ...go with a good gigabyte or Asua board

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 05:08 PM

I do suggest getting a better CPU and motherboard.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 - Your original motherboard is quite old and will not take new CPU's ending any future upgrade paths, this is newer and better. This will take newer AM3+ CPU's. $85

CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz - This CPU is about $10 more than the one you selected and is part of the new FX series. It is slightly faster, unlocked, and will automatically overclock itself. $129

PSU: You really should have a 500W or better PSU with any of those graphics cards. Go with the 500W one from Corsair. Alternatively, Seasonic, PC Power, and Enermax make good units.

GPU: Games tend to put a high demand on GPU's, go with the one you can afford best, if possible, the highest performing card in your list.

You also need to factor in Windows.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:18 PM

I would go with intel CPU instead of AMD as of intel is alot better on Games

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:33 PM

No, that's the not the case. A blanket statement like "Intel is better at games" is very simplistic, not to mention loaded, and doesn't explain how most games use CPU's. In games, GPU's are usually more important as they are typically GPU bound. Even a Phenom II will still give performance with a good GPU if you are playing at normal resolutions.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:29 PM

The key thing is to fork out most on the graphics card rather then the processor and the Intel processor would exceed the budget.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 21 October 2011 - 10:13 PM

Ya I have a phenom ii 955 black ed. with just 1 hd radeon 4870 and I can play every game max settings with hardly any lag (used to crossfire but slot fried thanks asrock) but still the AMD CPU does very well IMO

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 04:57 AM

If you had a really large budget then you would probably get Intel.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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#10 Marth_01

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 04:24 PM

Thanks, DJBPace07. Those changes are exactly what I was looking for!

And, yeah, I would get an Intel CPU, but this is ~$500 budget, and Intel CPUs are far more expensive.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:40 PM

FWIW: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=106&sel=Mfr%3BMfr_1499

I just bought a 600-watt PSU, so I remembered the pricing somewhat.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 11:13 PM

The PSU might not be enough for what you might eventually need, but I do want to tell you I have the cx430 and its a great PSU.




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