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Trying to build a setup for a friend now and his budget is around 500 bucks. He's gonna be playing sc2 and TF2 with me.

CD/DVD
$30 case lol
500 GB HD
cheap Vid card
$20 PSU after rebate and promo
4gb ddr3
Sandy bridge combo - i3-2100

With Windows 7 premium 64 bit comes to about $530 with shipping. Do you guys think the PSU will be enough to power this system, and do you think the vid card will be enough for TF2/SC2? This was the best I could come up with for him so we can use any suggestions lol.
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The PSU will definitely be enough. The i3 combo is a good choice, but it'd be cheaper if you went AMD, with a Phenom II. That video card would be cutting it close, but I'm sure you can run both on lower graphics settings.
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Trying to build a setup for a friend now and his budget is around 500 bucks. He's gonna be playing sc2 and TF2 with me.

CD/DVD
$30 case lol
500 GB HD
cheap Vid card
$20 PSU after rebate and promo
4gb ddr3
Sandy bridge combo - i3-2100

With Windows 7 premium 64 bit comes to about $530 with shipping. Do you guys think the PSU will be enough to power this system, and do you think the vid card will be enough for TF2/SC2? This was the best I could come up with for him so we can use any suggestions lol.
I have 9800GT powered by a 400w PSU. So the PSU is clear.

The video card? hmmmm... Not sure. But you picked the best budget card around. I think i saw a 5770 for 80 bucks recently. So if ever you came acroos that 5770, You're good to go.
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well here's a 5770 for like 95 bucks, but it's open box and PowerColor both of which I've never bought before. Not sure if it would be a good/safe choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814131330R
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It's this one. MSI Radeon HD 5770 1GB 79.99 AR
It's DX11 too
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Originally Posted by forkhazmodan View Post
Trying to build a setup for a friend now and his budget is around 500 bucks. He's gonna be playing sc2 and TF2 with me.

CD/DVD
$30 case lol
500 GB HD
cheap Vid card
$20 PSU after rebate and promo
4gb ddr3
Sandy bridge combo - i3-2100

With Windows 7 premium 64 bit comes to about $530 with shipping. Do you guys think the PSU will be enough to power this system, and do you think the vid card will be enough for TF2/SC2? This was the best I could come up with for him so we can use any suggestions lol.
Why not just buy a used graphics card on ebay? You can get a graphics card that is 3 times more powerful for the same price. Also it would be smart to go AMD which would save even more on both CPU and motherboard. If you can buy used it will save A LOT.
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That case has free shipping with promo code right now. ( EMCKGHA26 , expires 4/4) http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail...E0-_-PromoWord

I'd probably go with the Seagate drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-22148395-L03C ) for a $1 more and free shipping with promo ( EMCKGHA32 ) also.
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That case has free shipping with promo code right now. ( EMCKGHA26 , expires 4/4) http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail...E0-_-PromoWord
that is the exact case I chose haha
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that is the exact case I chose haha
I know, That's why I gave you the code for free shipping.
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Being Canadian, I did this with about $620.

AMD PII 1055t x6
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
$300

Patriot Extreme 8gb DDR3-1333mhz
$60
XFX Radeon 5770
$100

Delta 750W PSU (Custom Sleeved too <3)
$110

Antec 600 v2
$50

So you should be able to do something comparable with $500(USD). Really, drop the x6 to an x4, get a different PSU (I probably could have done better to get one on sale, but I REALLY liked the one I bought) and you'll be at $500. I've got no complaints with my system, lolrolls everything I used to have problems with. Just need an SSD for my OS drive now. I would also recommend being patient and shopping around OCN. Can nab some good deals.
Edited by Xero. - 3/29/11 at 11:54am
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