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This is a guide directed to those who are currently building a computer for specifically TF2/CS:S or other SOURCE games. I'll be including some tips for each component which hopefully help you. I'll be building a rig below which will be perfect for SOURCE games.

Everything will be from Newegg.com and so if you live in ca or Europe then you can either find the parts there or post your budget and/or a specific store


Case: Thermaltake V3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-094-_-Product

For a budget gaming rig, you don't want to spend a lot on the case; however, if you REALLY like one which is a little expensive, you're going to have to skimp out on something else. In order to get the best components possible, I chose to get a budget case. If you need more help on choosing a case for your rig, please see the guide in my sig.


CPU: AMD Athlon ii X3 435

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-920-_-Product
AMD is the brand for gamers and people with a low budget. Obviously it can't run metro 2033, but you're building a budget rig. This CPU will be enough to push TF2 @ 1080p and will be WAY more than enough for CS:S. L4d2 will run with a stable 60fps.


Motherboard: Gigabyte mATX 880g

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-458-_-Product
This is where you actually have a lot of flexibility. Most motherboards which are am3 will work for this rig. You want to make sure, though, that it is DDR3 since you can reuse the RAM in this rig in future ones. If you plan on upgrading your CPU though to a phenom II, you would want to in mosfet heatsinks as they'll take in more power.
If you find a good board at a good price which is compatible with what you're doing, then go for it. Most motherboards don't effect performance if they run without any problems.

Video Card: XFX 4850 1gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150482

This card is although outdated, gives great bang for the buck. It beats the 5770 in dx 9/10 games, which is what Source games are. Others I'll suggest if you're willing to spend more are the gts 450, gtx 460, 6850, gtx 470, 6870, 6950, ect.


PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520w

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...o%20eco%20520w

This will provide more than enough power for your system and upcoming builds. It's based off of a Seasonic platform and is very cheap for the performance. For power supply's though, if you plan on building a lot more rigs in the future, I suggest getting more watts than you actually need in case you want to put in some demanding hardware.

Hard Drive: Samsung F3 500gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-181-_-Product

Probably the most recommended Hard drive of all time. Provides solid performance for the price. The amount of storage though is up to you, so if you feel as if you need more than 500gbs, then I suggest the 1TB f3. These can be reused throughout different builds as well.


RAM: Team XTREME 4gbs DDR3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820313081

RAM is RAM. Usually as long as you have 4gbs, you won't feel any different in game with this "Generic" and higher end ones. RAM can also be reused throughout builds depending on the type. The difference between 1600 and 1333 is very minimal in game, and so I usually pick the cheapest, stable ram I can find to put in my gaming rigs. 4gbs is usually more than enough for gaming and is the recommended amount

TOTAL BEFORE SHIPPING: $436.93

Things that I left out:


CPU cooler:
Stock is good enough as you probably can achieve 3.3ghz or more on it. If you want more performance out of the X3, then I'd suggest getting a phenom II x4 instead of paying extra for an aftermarket cooler\\

Optical Drive:
Usually I don't use one besides for installing the OS. If you need one, then any sub 20$ SATA will work
post #2 of 11
Doesn't look that bad to me! Some improvements:
F3 500GB for only $40 after promo code at Superbiiz
That 4850 is available in combo with these XFX 650W power supplies, it'd cost the same or only slightly more in these combos before rebate - and cheaper after
For the case case... I've seen V3, it's not that decent, and not god at $50. Not too good cable management, build quality. HEC Blitz would be a better choice for $10 less [free shipping ftw].
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Thanks for the post. I went for the v3, used it before and it isn't that bad. the HEC may be a good alternative though. I really wanted to get everything from one site so if one component is cheaper somewhere else then go for it. Also, combo deals don't last forever which is why I didn't include any
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In my experience, anything with 2 cores or more made in the last 2-4 years and a ~GT240/5570 equivalent or better will play source games just fine. Even less will do fine. I've seen a 5750 on an older DDR2/core-duo system playing source games at 1920x1200 without a hickup. Most settings maxed.

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I've posted a thread in the AMD forum asking fo a build just like this and the feedback was more or less the same as your guide...Someone also pointed out that an AMD X2 250 could be able to run TF2 decently.

Just one question regarding PSUs...is the Antec VP-450P-EC (450w) enough for a build like this?

Also someone recommended the HD 5570 as a GPU, does it fit this build as well?

Thank you!
    
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If anything, Source games are more CPU dependent, well very dependent.
So try upgrading to a Quad Core/Phenom II.
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x3 is more than enough for source
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Originally Posted by fcalves View Post
I've posted a thread in the AMD forum asking fo a build just like this and the feedback was more or less the same as your guide...Someone also pointed out that an AMD X2 250 could be able to run TF2 decently.

Just one question regarding PSUs...is the Antec VP-450P-EC (450w) enough for a build like this?

Also someone recommended the HD 5570 as a GPU, does it fit this build as well?

Thank you!
The Antec should be fine and the 5570 is fine.There is also a 512Mb 5670 that's pretty cheap also.
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I ran L4D and L4D2 on my dual core Athlon 64X2 with an HD4670. It ran beautiful. I had to make some adjustments to run it in the higher settings.
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So after the advice on this thread I got this build planned (since I'm limited because I'm European and all):

PSU - Antec 450W 45€
CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 445 AM3 80€
RAM - Corsair DDR3 XMS3-1600 4GB C9 49€
Mobo - GigaByte GA-880GM-UD2H 78 €
GPU - Powercolor ATI HD5570 1GB GDDR3 PCI-E 66€
HDD - Samsung 500GB SATA II 38.5 €

Grand Total: 356.5 € = 487$ give or take

What do you guys think? Can i cut back on any part to cheapen it more? I really have a tight budget...
    
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