Guess what? I bought some PC parts just for this brand new year of school. I was hoping to build a medium price budget build with some decent parts and nothing high end. Something not to strong, not to weak, good enough for school and good enough for gaming for me. Particularly affordable and cheap, so I went with AMD parts. A pretty decent Athlon Quad, AM3 board with 4 gbs of DDR3 ram and a 500 Watt power supply. It’s a good start in my opinion for a beginners build into the PC world, and it’s a good time to start building one since parts for DDR3 RAM, Hard drives and AMD Motherboards since AM3+ and next generation are coming out.
So far I got everything I need with all the parts, but the thing i’m missing is a graphics card. The only thing I need to play games with, I originally ordered an Asus ENGTX460 768mb from Newegg for about $166, wasn’t a bad deal since Nvidia 400 series are down in price due to the 570 coming out. The GTX460 768mb still packs a punch to it’s 1gb version and highly superior to other cards but the problem I had was it was eating my power supply. With a 500w Power Supply running a GTX460, you know your in packed in a corner and could use another hundred or so watts. Which would be another pricey upgrade to find a 600w + Power Supply that’s durable and good. So what I did was return it (Sadly) and got a refund, so I decided to pick out a mid range card like a Nvidia GTS450 or a Ati 5770 or Ati 6770 which are all around the same price range and close competitors. Since these cards save almost 100 more watts than a GTX460, which card would be best for me? The Nvidia GTS450 seems really good and Nvidia has really good driver supports with Physx, Ati 5770/6770 seem pretty much the same card but they usually a bit cheaper, stronger is benchmarks but not by a big difference but the problem is, I don’t want to order online again….
So the question which Card should I pick?
- Rosewill Destroyer ATX mid tower case
- Biostar AMD A770E3 AM3 ATX Motherboard
- 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333mhz, 4gb total
- 5400rpm 500gb Western Digital SATA Hard drive
- 500 Watt Cooler Master Extreme
- DVD RW drive