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Hello OCN,

Been reading for awhile now, and finally plan to do my own budget build within the next couple days to week. The computer will primarily be used for 1080 gaming and streaming videos. My Budget is $300-400, and I will be using a few parts from my current rig. I do plan on overclocking with air cooling, as well as SLI for a bit, and then eventually getting a real GPU. To keep the budget at a low I must use the PSU, HDD, and GPU from my current rig.

Current Parts - can not be changed

PSU - Thermaltake TR2 600w (W0388RU)
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/store/Product.aspx?C=1016&SC=1043&ID=1194

GPU - PNY 550ti 1GB
http://www3.pny.com/font-color999999GTX-550-Ti-1024MB-PCIefonts-P2977C396.aspx

HDD - 500GB - Not sure which one, im using it now.

I do understand the GPU is a whimpy card compared to what is going into machines now a days. Though I do not have an extra $250-300 to dedicate to just a new GPU. That is why I plan to SLI the 550ti, as I can get another one for right around $75. Now for the parts that I plan to buy and build my rig around for the next 12 months at the least.

**All items have been purchased (2/10/13) and are now final.**

CPU - AMD FX6300 - $120
http://microcenter.com/product/401797/FX_6300_Black_Edition_35GHz_Six-Core_Socket_AM3_Boxed_Processor

MB - Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 - $80 (With MB&CPU bundle)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=533240

Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $30
http://microcenter.com/product/373900/Hyper_212_EVO_Universal_CPU_Cooler

RAM -Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 - $42
http://microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)

Case - Enermax Ostrog Black Case with White Trim - $45
http://www.frys.com/product/7363714;jsessionid=EOYcNdmZVXQAMz6KPNfWMw__.node2?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

That there brings my current price to $345 without tax. I am not dead set on the case, though the scout has almost been one of my favorites while looking through cases. I rarely travel with my rig, maybe 2-3 times a year. As I said before I do plan on going SLI with the 550ti since it is so cheap to pick up one, as I already have the other. I figure with this build my GPU will bottleneck before the CPU and by then I will be able to drop a few hundred on a current generation GPU.

I welcome all criticism and comments, as this will be my first build meant to learn the basics of overclocking and keeping me up with High-Ultra settings. I do not have much wiggle room at all on the pricing. Looking forward to your replies.
Edited by WiqidKlown - 2/10/13 at 9:36pm
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Looks nice, might want to step up the gpu, even if just slightly to like a 650, or 7770. All else looks good, but I would put the extra $30 - $40 on a better gpu, but if you want to stay to this budget then the 550ti should be fine. Good luck on your build, and I am happy to offer help.
    
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http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=TA890GXB-HD-R&cat=MBB $62 good mobo
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=TA990FXE-R&cat=MBB $100 even better mobo
cpu cheap http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2372719&CatId=4433

I'm on a 965 BE right now..getting 40FPS avg with Far Cry..only shadows turned down a hair..maybe ambient lighting..everything else maxed.(also using a 6950)

Oh..I'd get something besides Vengeance..Crucial or Samsung or G.Skill...all are better.
If you can swing a 256-bit GPU..The difference is drastic.
Edited by Schmuckley - 2/7/13 at 7:36pm
 
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Looks nice, might want to step up the gpu, even if just slightly to like a 650, or 7770. All else looks good, but I would put the extra $30 - $40 on a better gpu, but if you want to stay to this budget then the 550ti should be fine. Good luck on your build, and I am happy to offer help.

I do understand that there are better cards out there then the 550ti. Though I already have one 550ti currently running in my computer. A 2nd 550ti would only be $100 max and should be a bit better then a 560ti and right under a 570. This creates a cheap alternative for me until I am able to dish out the money and buy a $300 around Christmas time.
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I'm on a 965 BE right now..getting 40FPS avg with Far Cry..only shadows turned down a hair..maybe ambient lighting..everything else maxed.(also using a 6950)

Oh..I'd get something besides Vengeance..Crucial or Samsung or G.Skill...all are better.
If you can swing a 256-bit GPU..The difference is drastic.

What is creating the bottleneck in your system? What kind of loads are you seeing on the CPU and GPU? I am spending a bit more on the processor so that I will not have to upgrade for at least a year or so. I am hoping by that time I'll be down to Med-high settings. The alternative I am seeing to the RAM would be some Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1600 ($45), or Corsair XMS3 8GB ($50). I see you didn't list Kingston, is there a reason?

http://microcenter.com/product/360527/HyperX_blu_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)

http://www.frys.com/product/6410762?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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I am wondering if that 600w PSU will be enough to power that set up, especially with the SLI 550's. The "how many watts should my PSU be" is one of those questions that is much debated over, I prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to stuff like that. I have the Corsair XMS3 8GB and it is good RAM. Other than that, looks like a solid build, good luck.
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I am wondering if that 600w PSU will be enough to power that set up, especially with the SLI 550's. The "how many watts should my PSU be" is one of those questions that is much debated over, I prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to stuff like that. I have the Corsair XMS3 8GB and it is good RAM. Other than that, looks like a solid build, good luck.

Easily!

GTX550ti don't consume all that much power



He will be fine. The TPU review says the 550ti maxes out at 142w power consumption. 2 of them would be 284w, then add about 100w for the cpu and a little more for hard drives and whatever else.
Edited by MxPhenom 216 - 2/8/13 at 3:50pm
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I am wondering if that 600w PSU will be enough to power that set up, especially with the SLI 550's. The "how many watts should my PSU be" is one of those questions that is much debated over, I prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to stuff like that. I have the Corsair XMS3 8GB and it is good RAM. Other than that, looks like a solid build, good luck.

When I plug my system specs into a PSU calculator from my PSU manufacturer it states that I need 449W without overclocking. That is in SLI. When overclocking it looks like a 20-30 W jump. That still leaves about 100w free if the calculator is correct.

http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power
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When I plug my system specs into a PSU calculator from my PSU manufacturer it states that I need 449W without overclocking. That is in SLI. When overclocking it looks like a 20-30 W jump. That still leaves about 100w free if the calculator is correct.
http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power
Okay, for sure.
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Easily!

GTX550ti don't consume all that much power



He will be fine. The TPU review says the 550ti maxes out at 142w power consumption. 2 of them would be 284w, then add about $100 for the cpu and a little more for hard drives and whatever else.

Excellent. Thank you for that break down. I was in a rush so I did not do any research before posting that question/concern.


With that concern aside, it seems to me that you are ready to get some parts! Oh, did you figure out different RAM?
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With that concern aside, it seems to me that you are ready to get some parts! Oh, did you figure out different RAM?

I believe I am going to go with the Crucial Ballistix Sport Series 8GB Kit 1600Mhz. Found good reviews on them and look like they do get modest overclocking. Since this is my first rig, and is for beginner overclocking, I believe they will do just fine. They are also Low Profile so they won't interfere with the air cooler, especially when I upgrade to 16GB.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)
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I believe I am going to go with the Crucial Ballistix Sport Series 8GB Kit 1600Mhz. Found good reviews on them and look like they do get modest overclocking. Since this is my first rig, and is for beginner overclocking, I believe they will do just fine. They are also Low Profile so they won't interfere with the air cooler, especially when I upgrade to 16GB.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)

Good choice on the RAM, I may have to hit up the microcenter website when I need some new RAM because that price is great. I would suggest getting another fan for the 212 so you can set up a push/pull configuration on the heat sink, I noticed at least a 2-4C drop when I set up the push/pull on my heat sink. Also, it is not a bad idea to throw a side exhaust fan on that case to help with the air flow. Cheers.
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