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Old August 5, 2012, 12:50 PM
Azaro Azaro is offline
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Originally Posted by great_big_abyss View Post
Hmm, this is a fun one! I love small, inexpensive builds like this one.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2GHZ AM3 Processor - $113.30
ASUS M5A78L-M LX mATX AM3+ MOBO - $55.68
G.Skill Ripjaws X 1333MHZ 2x4GHZ - $42.88
MSI Radeon HD7770 OC 1020MHZ 1GB - $119.40
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $99.79
Antec NSK4482B ATX MiniTower with 380W PSU - $91.69

Total: $522.74

There! That was actually quite tough. I initially wanted to spec an Intel i3 Dual Core processor, but it turns out even THOSE little guys are too expensive, especially when combined with an LGA1155 Motherboard. So I went with a Phenom II quad core instead. You`ll see much better performance from that CPU than from the AMD FX4100 (snicker, snicker). You`ll have to start off using the stock heatsink since there`s no room in the budget for an aftermarket cooler. BUT run your computer for a couple of months and save your money to buy a good cooler (you can get a good one for $50 or so) and then overclock that puppy to 3.8GHZ.

As far as gaming, the biggest improvement you can make is a good video card. I wanted to drastically improve upon the GT440 card that you specc'd. I went with a latest generation 7770. You'll get vastly superior performance out of this card compared to the GT440. And since it's a 28nM card, you'll see very little power consumption, heat and noise from this card.

The only weak spot in the build I'm recommending is the case/PSU combo. The case is fine (although it doesn't have any of the 'cool' features like cable management, an 'all Black' design, or 'toolless' installation). The integrated PSU however, is only 380W. while that should be fine to run the computer as I spec'd it, if you ever want to upgrade to a more powerful video card in the future, you may run into some problems. I would view the powersupply as a stop-gap solution that would need upgrading if you ever want to add more powerful components to your PC. As far as the quality is concerned, Antec is one of the best players in the business, so you don't have to worry about dirty power reaching your components.

Oh, and just to give you an idea of how powerful the 7770 actually is, it's capable of running BF3 on 'High' Preset at up to 38FPS.

Now, onto Skyrim: This chart was taken from HERE. It's running Skyrim on the 'High' Preset at 1080 with the High Resolution Texture Pack installed. Note the improvement over the GTS450AMP! (which is a more powerful card than the GT440)

With that PSU could I Upgrade the graphics card to a nVIDIA gtx550 ti ? I'm a computer n00b , I used the Internet and (in pounds with a wifi card) came to 401 , which is a pound over my budget. I would really like to know, I plan on playing bf3 with this pc, great build btw :)
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