First time Custom PC, Need opinions on parts

July 13, 2011 at 19:05:11
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon II 3.2Ghz/4 gigs ddr3
I really want to get into PC gaming, but I am on a silly 3 year old macbook laptop with an integrated graphics card, which couldn't run pong at more than 15 fps (hyperbole). I decided to set out making a custom PC, with parts I find online to be of good quality. I am completely new at this, and have only learned from what I think looks good according to reviews/etc.

I already have a 19" LCD monitor, a keyboard, and a gaming mouse, as well as a copy of Windows 7.

I came up with this rig priced at around 450$:

AMD Athlos II X3 450 3.2 GHz triple core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

MSI 760GM-P33 mATX AMD Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 2GB 2.1x16 Video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Apex AL-D500 500w ATX12V power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Apex TX-381-C mATX tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

G.Skill Ripjaw 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600 ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Samsung Spinpoint 1tb 7200 RPM 3.0Gb/S HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x dvd burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

TP-LINK USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Gelid Solutions 80mm silent case fan (20.72 CFM airflow)
Gelid Solutions 120mm intelligent PWM case fan (58CFM airflow)
Scythe Kama FLEX 92mm PWM case fan (11-47.5CFM airflow)

My questions are essentially these:
Am I missing anything vital to a gaming PC?
Is there any incompatibility with these parts?
If those two questions are NOs, then will this rig run modern games at at least 30 FPS?


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July 13, 2011 at 21:06:07
I agree with mick on most items. If you are OK with only 2 RAM slots then the board linked below comes with integrated HD4250 graphics which is a plus, in my opinion.

While Asrock is a good brand, the warranty is only 1 year. The board linked below is 3 years.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The 430W PSU while adequate for the parts listed doesn't provide much overhead Amperage. The 12V rail is 28A.

The PSU you selected is a dual 12V rail and is not a good brand.

The case you picked has a side vent and only a 90MM rear fan. You should look for a top PSU case with ONLY one rear case fan. Preferably 120MM.

I am not a fan of Sony optical drives myself. They seem to fail faster than others. I prefer Lite on brand but optical drives are disposable hardware anyway. As mick mentioned, the board he linked and the one I linked are capable of unlocking extra cores if they will run. Worth trying for free.

I recommend getting RAM that runs at 1.5V, not higher than that. All the RAM mentioned in this thread run at 1.5V.


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July 14, 2011 at 00:24:30
This system will outpeform both systems listed above
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...
To fit your budget remove hd 6850 and replace it with gts 450($100 @ newegg.com), now the total amount is 456 U$D.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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