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02-07-2011, 01:12 PM
My brother wants his own pc now that will play some of the current games.
The build I have so far for him is:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 265
Motherboard: GIGABYTE MA78LMT-S2
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 341
GPU: Sapphire HD5670 1G
Ram: Kingston ValueRam 4GB 1333mhz DDR3 2x2gb kit
HDD: WD Blue 500gb Sata 2
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Does anyone have any comments on this?

02-07-2011, 01:18 PM
Oh forgot the different power supply, Coolermaster 500w eXtreme Power Plus

02-07-2011, 01:23 PM
wouldnt you want atleast a 5770 (or 6770 revised version) for current games? suppose it depends on the games tho. Isnt that cpu abit old too? passmark doesnt even put it on the high end page. do you (he) have a budget?

02-07-2011, 01:23 PM
So by current games what do you mean precisely?


02-07-2011, 01:25 PM
Athlon X2 is weak, the low end of the low end, get a Phenom X4. The 5670 is also not great, I'd say get NVIDIA 550 or AMD 6770.


02-07-2011, 01:31 PM
he is not a high end gamer, and I am trying to keep below $1000.
Anything would be better than the P4 2.6 he is using now

02-07-2011, 01:46 PM
Try either of these:
Both just over $1050 IIRC
All parts from elive (not shopping round for the best deal)

02-07-2011, 01:48 PM
My brother wants his own pc now that will play some of the current games.

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 341
GPU: Sapphire HD5670 1G

Don't use a bundled PSU. get a Corsair.
And WHY do people also stint on the graphics card? Fine if he isn't into games but you just said he wants to play current games.
GPUs come out every year, games are what drives the hardware industry.

It's a lame card, go take a look at Toms hardware and the VGA charts, get something at least mid-range.

If budget is a problem last years good card is better than this years **** card.

02-07-2011, 02:15 PM
Im not using the bundled psu, getting a coolermaster one.
so something in the 68-69 series?

02-07-2011, 03:49 PM
What size is the LCD he is using, this will dictate what GPU he needs.....

02-07-2011, 03:59 PM
right now it will be something between 17-19 because that is all that will fit on the corner of his desk

02-07-2011, 04:44 PM
i'd definitly bump up the graphics card and the cpu. Dont cut corners with either of them! As for everything else, looks good... If your on that budget, go for a 17 inch widescreen with a lower resolution like 1366x768, then your limited graphics card can dedicate more power to gfx quality and frame rate instead of losing out because youre trying to game in full hd


The Error Guy
02-07-2011, 05:02 PM
I have a 6770 in my laptop atm. Its fairly decent. Will run crysis 1 well, probably be average on 2. Runs WAW nicely as well as far cry II

04-07-2011, 10:18 AM
I tried as an exercise to build a pc for $1k on pp.co.nz using intel parts, didn't quite make it but came up with the following. Computerland would probably be a little cheaper and I only used the cooler master psu in the list as they didn't have corsair until 600W+ on their webstie. Just a thought, AMD's current CPU's are a little weak for gaming.

Qty PPID Price (each) Line Total Control

AA19148 $76.00 $76.00 Delete
Corsair Value Select 4GB Dual Channel kit 2x 2GB PC10666 DDR3 (1333Mhz) Memory CL9-9-9-24 (CMV4GX3M2A1333C9)

AA30621 $309.00 $309.00 Delete
Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX460 SE GV-N460SE-1GI 1GB PCI-Express Video Card *Dual DVI *mini-HDMI

AA27758 $186.00 $186.00 Delete
Intel Core i3-2100 3.1Ghz 3MB Cache *Dual Core* 2000Mhz Socket LGA1155 CPU + Fan Retail Boxed (BX80623I32100)

AA28249 $135.00 $135.00 Delete
Asus P8H61-M B3 Intel H61 Socket LGA1155 microATX Motherboard

AA18772 $161.00 $161.00 Delete
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - License and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit (GFC-00599)

AA17523 $80.00 $80.00 Delete
Aywun GAME Series A1-G04 (Black) Mid-Tower Case NO Power Supply Unit *Front Audio & USB

AA25386 $132.00 $132.00 Delete
Cooler Master GX RS-550-ACAA-E3 550W ATX Power Supply Unit


Total Cart Value: $1079.00
Price includes discount of 3% for cash

04-07-2011, 12:04 PM
GTX460 :D

Got one of them on my PC at home :]

Put ~1/3rd of the budget on the GPU alone.. >.> GPU is quite possibly the most important part to have on a gaming spec'd PC :)

04-07-2011, 03:02 PM
actually I missed a hard drive so the system I linked would be way over 1K. I guess AMD is the way to go if you wanna stay under 1k.

I often see the 3 core CPU's listed on Toms hardware as a great budget choice for gaming but I've never found a supplier in NZ that had them at a reasonable price. They just don't seem that common. There are both Athlon and Phenom X3 models in existance if you can find one.