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#1 Sep 10 2010 at 4:54 AM Rating: Decent
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So I am trying to build something able to run games like FFXIV, and StarCraft II for a fairly decent price; so far I have:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148030 - $34.99

Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236077 - $109.99

GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161334 $94.99

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231185 $54.99

Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138189 $69.99

CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215 $194.99

and an extra case fan for $7.97, totaling $567.91 (plus shipping, about $30). I have an OS disc (Windows 7 64-bit) and Hard drive (650 GB) on hand already. Anybody have any comments or suggestions, things to replace, that would lower the price, or perhaps raise it slightly, maybe? Thank you for your time, and I am new to these Forums (:
#2 Sep 10 2010 at 11:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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Hi there. Looking at what you have listed there, that will be a decent gaming rig. Not huge performance, but should be adequate for starcraft and FFXIV. The two things I don't particularily like in that build are the Biostar motherboard, and the case / PSU combo. Biostar makes horrible boards. You really want an Asus board, and you want one with at least 4 ram slots so you can add another 4GB ram at a later date. I'd swap it out for this one for $94 personally http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131623 (Asus P7H55-M Pro Socket 1156 micro ATX). That lets you go to 8GB as funds permit, which will be nice for gaming, but also a motherboard with much better support and drivers.

The Case and PSU you have listed will work, but the Wattage of the PSU is a bit underwhelming. You will have issues if you decide to upgrade to a larger video card later. The case quality itself would be my biggest objection. You can get a much better case for around $70, and the case is the piece of equipment you will have longest out of all of your components with the possible exception of the monitor, so it pays to get one that has decent airflow, is roomy and is something you can live with for 6-10 years. I tend to reccommend the Cooler Master CM-690 cases since they are about the cheapest "good" cases on the market still. That would leave you needing a Power supply though, which would add to the cost. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 That CM-690 case would come with all the case fans you need so you wouldn't need to buy the extra case fan. Then you could go with something like this for the power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171046 and swap it out later if you need something bigger. That would add about $50 overall to the cost of your build if you remove the Case fan, but would get you a much better case.

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