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Old 07-23-2010, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building budget gaming rig, need feedback

First time builder looking for a little feedback on this budget system. My main goal was to stay on the lower end of 400$ and getting a decent computer for gaming.

Parts are as followed :
CPU :
AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Dual Core Processor AD785ZWCJ2BGH - 2.80GHz, Socket AM2+, 2MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s), OEM at TigerDirect.com

PSU :
https://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...?Sku=ULT-LS600

CPU FAN :
https://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...?Sku=S457-1121

Video Card :
https://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...?Sku=E145-9504

RAM :
https://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...p?Sku=K24-6038

HD :
https://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...SD-160AS7%20SY

Motherboard :
https://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...?Sku=A455-2861

Case :
https://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...?Sku=G452-8014

How do you think this will measure up in games like WoW / Starcraft 2 / Final Fantasy 14 / Lineage 2?
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How will it measure up? Not very well, actually. That graphics card won't do you much good, but you won't get too much on that budget.Ultra is not known for dependable PSU's. That cooler is worse than the OEM cooler that comes with the chip, BTW.

Let me see what I can do at the Egg.

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor ADX250OCGQBOX
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XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

$120 w/$10 MIR

Newegg.com - ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
$60

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
$100

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3320418AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$45

Antec Two Hundred(v2) Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply

$95

Total = $420 ($410 after rebate)

The 4670 is no Jesus card, but it is ranked #39 on the Graphics Performance List vs #59 for the 9500GT.
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Trotter:

I know you're a big name here at Tech Forums. I have seen you around for quite a few years.

Unfortunately for you I think you're wrong this time. The items you picked are nice, but that 4670 was the WRONG choice.

4670 = 3870 roughly, which is HALF as fast as 4870.

However,
Newegg.com - ASUS EAH5750 FORMULA/2DI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Is almost exactly as fast as a 4870, it's 114 after MIR, and it has DX 11 support.

I think this is a better deal.
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Yes, it is a good deal... but it would blow the budget. "My main goal was to stay on the lower end of 400$"

The $120 for CPU and GFX card would become 62 + 135 (before rebate as it is not instant) = $197. $77 more dollars would push the total over $500.

Plus the Asus only has a three year warranty while the XFX has a lifetime warranty.
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I was going to buy a seperate psu / case / vid card from newegg but the shipping was astronomical in comparison. I didn't realize that pcu came with a fan, I changed that out when I decided to get the ASUS motherboard over the Biostar for quality reasons. Also had to pick out a new pcu. The psu's we're a pick between a 450w oem or a diablotek 600w, I picked the lifetime warranty one, seemed like a better investment. I was a little impatient for my first build but im happy with it.

I've read both bad and good reviews on the card, as long as I don't have to replace the gpu fan it's gonna work perfectly for what I need it for, I can always upgrade my video card, this is just to get me started. I also chose the Kingston ram over corsair, for the simple fact of compatibility, I learned everything I know about compatibility putting this computer together, so I wasn't to confident with it.

The cpu/mobo, ram, and gpu are all overclockable, spent a little more on a case I could put a better cooling system, cpu is overclockable to 3.0-3.1 very safely, ram to 1033 mhz ( not sure mobo runs that with full compatibility, says it does, but reviews say otherwise ).

Although I wish I would have seen your advice before I ordered, but patience isn't a strong suit with me, wanted to this for a while since my computer died years ago and never had a decent one since. The newegg shipping would have cost me 40-50$ more alone, which I really dont have at the moment.

Way I look at it, I got a Solid cpu, I don't need tri/quad-core, I doubt dual core will be under much stress. Solid ram and solid video card ( Better than onboard and for 47$ I can't really argue with that ) For cheap
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You're right. I neglected to consider the fact that you were linking a combo and not just a video card. I guess you had it right to begin with. The 4670 isn't a bad choice given his budget.
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