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Old December 5, 2011, 12:33 PM
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My friend says he can get all that for $450. He's looking to play stuff like Diablo, Dota, etc... Any suggestions on a good GPU/PSU or in general, any main changes to the rig?


How's the price of $450 for that?
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Old December 5, 2011, 08:18 PM
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Appears to be missing a PSU, and I expect if you read the reviews of the Bulldozer chips (FX-8120 included) you or your friend would quickly drop it in favour of Sandy Bridge.
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AMD still provide a sufficient platform for those on a budget that don't need super cpu power. That said, I would (and have) chosen Intel over amd wherever possible.

Price sounds average to me.

Gpu and psu all depends firstly on his budget and secondly what his resolution is.
(psu depends on what he is putting in it but single card and he should be good with a decent 500 - 600watt, allowing for overclocking and a reasonable card.)
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I have to disagree with the 500w psu its far to small for most of todays gaming computing. You are pushing a PSU to it's max and I don't reccomend it. 700w min to provide "SOME" future proofing. What a waste it would be if he chose to upgrade his vid card and couldn't. Considering the price difference it's worthwhile to get something slightly bigger.

diablo 2 will probably need about the same horsepower as starcraft2. That said a 5770 can run SC2 easy enough.

6850+ and probably a 550ti+. Anything less and 8 player sc2 games start to lag so diablo would too considering the amount of action going on. I played a ton of diablo 2 and I remember some of the monster mashes.
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Old December 7, 2011, 11:52 AM
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Also, consider adding an HDD for games. A single 120Gb SSD quickly runs out of space, believe me!

All that for 450$? Only CPU + SSD gets close to 400$ ... either he is daydreaming or ... no I don't wanna know where he got the parts!
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Old December 7, 2011, 05:13 PM
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just for later on if he wants to do any upgrades, get an at least tx850m modular from corsair
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Old December 7, 2011, 10:19 PM
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850 watt is way more than you need. unless it's the most cheaply made pos out there.

on that board with that cpu he will run at max a?? single 570, maybe a 560 ti.. 5 - 600 watts is plenty. just be sure it's a decent brand

As I said above though it all depends on what he's doing with it (what GPU?, is he oc'ing?, does he upgrade often? has he got a bazzillion fans and hdd's..)

Can't give good advice without knowing how he uses it..
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just for later on if he wants to do any upgrades, get an at least tx850m modular from corsair
That is overkill if you are buying quality parts unless you know you are going to SLI/Crossfire. For a single low/mid range GPU 500w, high end gpu 600-650w, and SLI/Xfire 750-850w depending on which cards. I would only go for more than 850w if you are using 3+ GPU/ multiple CPU/ extreme OCing.

As for the original post, it seems like a great price for those parts. I would suggest staying on the intel side for a new build over AMD, but I would be curious to see the prices for each of the parts you listed and how much it would go up if you switched to intel.
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