My first gaming rig, evaluation

By kippdipp4323 · 7 replies
Jan 31, 2010
  1. Hi all,
    This is my first post, about my first gaming set up/rig etc.. I'm not all that familiar with what is a good cpu and graphics cards. I'll be buying this from since I couldn't put it all together myself. My buget is around 500 to 750 American Dollars. I want to be able to run the latest games such as cod: mw2 and games like that without lag and on good video settings (HD.) Sub total came to be $747, if there's anything cheaper or something that I have selected that is a bit over board let me know because I am all new to this. Well let me know what you think.
    NZXT Gamma Gaming Mid Tower Case Black

    AMD Athlon™ II X4 620 Quad-Core CPU

    Processor Cooling:
    Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator [AMD]

    4 GB DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module - Corsair-Value or Major Brand

    Video Card:
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 - 1GB - Single Card

    ASUS M4A785-M -- AMD 785G Hybrid CrossFire Chipset w/8-ch HD Audio, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 1 PCI-E MB

    Power Supply:
    600 Watt -- Power Supply - SLI Ready

    Hard Drive
    320 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive

    Optical Drive
    22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black

    Sound Card
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE

    Network Card

    Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

    Speaker System
    iBUYPOWER 2.1 Channel Stereo Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    You may need to substitute you graphics card selection for something more decent; perhaps 5770 or Geoforce 250 GTS for any decent gaming. Although this may get you over budget; but I think its worth having a look at. Or if you don't really want to go over your stipulated budget, you can save some money by using onboard audio.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I would ditch the CPU cooler altogether, and get a Phenom II X2 550 along with a 5750 1gb, 5770 1gb, or a 5670 512. And if possible in your budget, to fit in a Corsiar 650 power supply.
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Are you willing to try and put together a system by yourself? If so, then you will definitely have a better system for $750 than the one you're going to buy.

    Let us know. We'll be able to recommend which specific parts to get for a good gaming setup. :)

    In general, this is what I would try and get:

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $165.99
    GIGABYTE GA-790XT-USB3 AMD 790X - $124.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 - $84.99
    XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - $169.99
    BFG Tech GS-550 550W PSU - $49.99
    Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB - $69.99
    COOLER MASTER RC-690 - $69.99

    Total - $735.93

    If you would like to include speakers and other peripherals such as mouse and keyboard in the price then you could get the AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE processor. It's quite a bit cheaper and performs extremely well.
  5. kippdipp4323

    kippdipp4323 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK well I'm a complete noob lol to this pretty much, but if I were to put this together myself would I have to solder anything? And also I really have never upgraded anything on my other computers so I don't know how the process even goes. Could someone giving a briefing?
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    No soldering required. All you need to do is follow the instructions in the motherboard manual and the case manual very carefully. Also, the Cooler Master CM690 case has tool-less installations. So no need to even screw in anything.

    I think you should give it a try. :)
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Me too, and it would yield a much better system.
  8. kippdipp4323

    kippdipp4323 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks:) I think I might get the stuff that was suggested then.
    Thanks everyone.
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