^ Okay, my earlier estimate totally forgot to consider the OS but it looks like it comes pretty close. Just some flaws with that build include lower-end motherboard (4+1 phase GA-78LMT-S2P provides OC flexibility for similar price), single channel memory (any dual channel kit will net better performance for lower price and RAM amount/expansion ability should not be a concern with any of these games and what tasks this PC is doing as none will ever make the system use above 4GB).
Some additional modifications should also improve the price.
Here is my final revision which combines my predictions with the configs above and modifications of my own:
cpu AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core ~ $125 free shipping [NCIX, in stock]
pcb GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ ~ $58.24 free shipping -$10MIR (ASK FOR A REV 3.1 or they will give you a 3+1 phase VRM board which is not as overclocking ready, and not even 125W TDP ready - i.e. cannot support processor unlock to 6 cores)
ram Wintec 2x2GB DDR3-1600 ~ $23 shipped - dual channel DDR3-1600 at less cost
hdd Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB HDD ~ $90 shipped [Amazon], same 1 year warranty as F3 and 2x space
odd ASUS 24X DVD-RW drive ~ $17 shipped [NCIX] (your suggested DVD drive does not ship free which drives up costs)
psu CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 80+ ~ $45 shipped -$20MIR
matx Rosewill Ranger-M mATX mini tower case ~ $29 shipped [Newegg]
gpu HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Ghz edition - $140 shipped [Newegg]
os Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ~ $87.46 shipped [DiscountMountain] - this is the same legitimate Windows 7 at less cost
Although the HD 7770 costs less than the 6870, I prefer to follow before-rebate prices - plus the 7770 is not actually far behind the 6870 and consumes 2x less power and outputs less heat too. The 7750 already outperforms the GTX 550 Ti and the 7770 moreso.'
Whereas your supercombo costs $612 before $20 rebates and that is PLUS shipping (approx $14 for $626 shipped)
The combination I put together costs $615 shipped before $30 rebates and is consistently better with the exception of the hard drive space (however, to claim a hard drive with the same 1.5TB space but with lower 5900RPM speed costs only $10 more which puts the cost before shipping at $625 shipped - still less than the supercombo) Compared to the original supercombo choice, this build features:
- A significantly better, more reliable, and more acceptable PSU for the setup
- More compact build (mATX) while maintaining cooling ability
- 95W TDP quad core black edition processor, possibly unlockable to 6 cores
- Motherboard that safely supports this provided VRM cooling (which is provided by the stock cooler and it is of course possible to expand)
- Faster HDD
- Much better graphics card performance-wise
- Lower power consumption throughout
The option with the same-size HDD for $10 more does not feature the faster HDD but still features all the other benefits over the original parts choice.
This is why you shouldn't be going with supercombos. They are put together for the lazy and with little research. Easily, one can get much better, for the same price. This happens pretty much every time.
Edited by xd_1771 - 4/3/12 at 6:55pm