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Windows 7: Building a budget gaming PC

25 Sep 2012   #11

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My build runs Minecraft at max settings at about 100 FPS.
Guess what? It cost $600, not counting the monitor. I assume you already have on of those. Anyway, look up the parts on Newegg. The graphics card I chose isn't sold anymore, but there is a nearly identical one for the exact same price available. In fact, for another $30 you can go up to 2 GB of graphics memory. The CPU can handle just about anything you toss at it, and the fan/heatsink allows overclocking if necessary. Don't worry too much if you fry the CPU while overclocking, it's under $100.

  • CPU AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX645WFK42GM - OEM
  • Motherboard BIOSTAR A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Memory Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model P
  • Graphics Card(s) XFX HD-657X-ZHF2 Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Sound Card Integrated
  • Monitor(s) Displays Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor (1600X900)
  • Hard Drives Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V Power Supply
  • Case APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
  • Cooling ZALMAN CNPS7000C-AlCu 2 Ball CPU Cooler

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26 Sep 2012   #12


psu, grab yourself a corsair builder series 600w kick about the 50 mark, don't waste money on cheap power supplies if you learn anything from building your own pc is don't skimp on the psu.

next is the graphics card, nvidia 550ti as minimum, amd are usually cheaper and you should be able to get a 6850/6770/7770 for around the same price as each other.

psu/gpu are the two things you make as little compromise on as possible for gaming, the psu is to be reliable and actually do what it says on the side of the box, and the graphics card if skimped on will be your biggest disappointment.

the fx4100 is a nice cpu nothing wrong there a decent quad core.

if your looking for places to cut corners try not to, consider getting a single 4gb stick of ram initially and then grabbing a second a month or 2 later.

gaming can cause a lot of stress on a system nothing like what stress a full blown rendering station will do or a vm ware station goes through but still it gets toasty, so cooling is important make sure the case has sufficient cooling options or the option to add more.

think of it this way, you can always grab additional parts later granted some are more key than others but so is getting value for money a cheap psu can cost you more due to failures where a quality one will actually last you years and give you peace of mind.
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