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creelman August 1, 2012 07:40 PM

Budget light gaming PC
Hey guys, so I've decided to build my own PC, my first one ever. I know a few basic things, but basically nothing about parts. I was browsing NCIX and these are the parts I have came up with:

G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x4GB DDR3-1600 RAM
Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 500W PSU
Logisys Beta 95W CPU Cooling
Hitachi Deskstar 3.5In 1TB HD
Gigabyte GeForce GT 440 GPU
Antec 100 Lite Mid-Tower Gaming Case - Black

The total cost for all of this is around $500, without a OS. I will be using this for light gaming, like League of legends, and possibly games like skyrim. I will also be using it for schoolwork, and other small tasks.

What are your opinions? Is there anything I need to change (Compatibility wise)? Is there anything that could be replaced by others for greater value? I dont want the price to go up, seeing as I still have to add another $100 for a OS (unless there is some way to get Windows 7 for free)

Shadowmeph August 1, 2012 09:20 PM

you will also need ram . and if you don't have a monitor or keyboard mouse

for a budget build for gaming minor I would put togethr some thing like this
CPU Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
MB Newegg.ca - BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Vid card Newegg.ca - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
to start with . but off course I would do the price match and look for combo deals also

creelman August 1, 2012 09:48 PM


Originally Posted by Shadowmeph (Post 645981)
you will also need ram . and if you don't have a monitor or keyboard mouse

My bad, I had picked out ram, just forgot to add it in.

Dzzope August 2, 2012 01:23 AM

I know it's a budget build... but what games are you expecting to play on this?

What other uses will the computer be used for?

It very well may be worth looking for some second-hand stuff.. you can get much more for your moolah..

great_big_abyss August 2, 2012 07:01 AM

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)


creelman August 2, 2012 10:13 AM

That seems like a good build too, but are you sure that the power supply would be enough?

creelman August 2, 2012 10:46 AM

Are you sure the PSU on that is high enough? I just don't want to buy something then have to replace it.

great_big_abyss August 2, 2012 11:37 AM

Ya, 380W should be enough. Plus, it's the only case/PSU combo that I can find to fit within your budget. Just don't expect to upgrade to a GTX680 on that Powersupply. But the 7770 is a low enough power card that you should be okay. I ran a greedy Phenom I quad core and a 5830 from a 400W PSU for a couple of years, so YOU should be okay.

great_big_abyss August 2, 2012 02:18 PM

If you can stretch the budget a little, grab a different case and a stand-alone powersupply. There's quite a lot of choice in the $40-$50 range. Then you'll need to grab a powersupply.

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower - $40.50
I actually have this case. I used it in my main rig a year ago, and now it houses my HTPC. It's a good case for the price. All Black interior, great ventilation options and toolless design. The only drawback is it's made out of pretty flimsy metal, but I guess you need some tradeoffs for the price.

Corsair Builder Series 600W PSU - $63.81
This should provide plenty of overhead if you want to upgrade your CPU or GPU in the future.

These changes add up to a Grand Total of $104.31 - $91.69 is an increase of $12.62. for a grand Total of $535.36 I suppose that would be your best option. I would be very happy with that build for that price!

Card August 2, 2012 05:11 PM

Could this build run Guild Wars 2, Borderlands 2, etc?

What about ram? How much is needed? What would you pick?

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