Gaming PC Build Recipe:
|Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 450||Motherboard: MSI AM3 NVIDIA nForce ATX AMD Motherboard|
|Graphics Card: MSI ATI Radeon HD6670||RAM: Crucial 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin DDR3|
|Hard Drive: Western Digital 500 GB||Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt|
|Computer Case: Cooler Master Elite Mid Tower Case||Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive|
|Estimated Price: $ 496|
The Gaming PC Hardware:
The AMD Athlon II X3 450 is one the best entry level gaming CPUs out there right now. It is a 95W processor running at 3.2ghz with a 1.5 MB Cache.
The MSI AM3 NVIDIA nForce ATX AMD Motherboard suites the Athlon II X3 450 CPU perfectly with PCI-E Gen 2.0 Gen2 (1×16, 1×8) PCI-Ex1 2 PCI 1 IDE SATA 5 RAID 0/1/0+1/5/JBOD LAN 10/100/1000 and eSATA 1 HDMI 1 DVI 1 VGA 1 DirectX DX10 VGA Share Memory (MB) 512 Form Factor ATX
The MSI ATI Radeon HD6670 graphics card is a great entry level gaming PC graphics card with a Video Memory: 1GB DDR5 Memory Clock: 4000 MHz, Memory Interface: 128-bit Bus: PCI-Express 2.1 x16 RAMDAC: 400 MHz, Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1600 Connectors: VGA; DVI; HDMI Thermal: Fansink(Dual PWM Fans), Support Microsoft Windows 7 Support ATI CrossFireX Technology, and Support AMD Stream Technology Support Blu-ray and HD DVD.
Crucial 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin DDR3 is a basic 2x 2GB RAM stick totaling 4GB of RAM with a DDR3 PC3-10600 memory type.
The Western Digital 500 GB is a great starting hard drive for any gamer. For one: Western Digital is a very reputable hard drive manufacturer, and Two: 500 GB is a good place to start in term of space to store all your games and software. If you need more in the future, then all you need to do is get more!
The Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt power supply has more than enough juice to power this entry level gaming PC, and Corsair has always been a great power supply company.
The Cooler Master Elite Mid Tower Case is a very affordable Mid Tower ATX computer case, and looks pretty slick for its price range. Everywhere I look this case has great reviews, and has been purchased by many.
The Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive is your basic DVD drive that will support all of your CD/DVD media and comes at a decent cost. Beyond this the only upgrade worth doing is a Blu-Ray drive.
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