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Brother's first gaming computer (Feedback please)

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Can't say how many threads I've made with this title but it's getting a biiit unoriginal.

After scouring through every possible part combo, I came up with this:

AMD Athlon II 250
BIOSTAR N68S3+ AM3 mATX Motherboard
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Western Digital 7200RPM 320GB HDD
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
XFX 512MB HD4770
COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm CPU Cooler (I know it'll cool the CPU just fine. I want something that's better than stock and this looked nice. ^^)
Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

Already have the case. Gonna be modifying it myself. ^^

Anyone have any other input for this build or is it solid enough for the time being? He'll be gaming at 1280x1024 so I figured that little 4770 would be more than enough to dominate any game out there.
     
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post #2 of 14
Looks good for a first... I made my brother a computer out of spare parts too..
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post #3 of 14
320GB hard drive is not nearly enough, especially for a gaming PC.
You should buy the 64bit version of Ultimate. It costs the same as the 32bit version.
Actually, why does he need Ultimate? Wouldn't Professional suffice?
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post #4 of 14
Overclock the athlon a bit, overclock the ram if you can/motherboard supports it. Overclock GPU. Get the edge out of it
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post #5 of 14
Go with w7 64bit
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post #6 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by OptimusCaik View Post
Overclock the athlon a bit, overclock the ram if you can/motherboard supports it. Overclock GPU. Get the edge out of it
That motherboard would be burn if you could overclock on it.
http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...hase-list.html Look for "N68S3" on the spreadsheet.
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post #7 of 14
Yea, Don't OC that CPU.

And like Harmor said, 320GB its not enough. Get I would say get atleast 500GB. Add just a few more greens.

And good luck! Its always nice to see more people (This case your little brother) go towards the PC way. And not console way.
Well teached! Hehe
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post #8 of 14
Get the Athlon X3 instead of the dual-core.Get a better motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.624996
BiostarTA870U3+ and AN Athlon II 450 X3 for $138.
you can't beat that and sacrifice features and performance.

Also,you can get better RAM,real cheap right now
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231427
$44 with promo code EMCKFKJ33-
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post #9 of 14
Ditch the BioStar motherboard and wait another pay to get a better one.
Edited by harmor - 4/4/11 at 9:32am
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post #10 of 14
This RAM is a slightly better deal. Rebate makes it $30

I also don't like your board.... 24-pin position is really bad
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