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Budget Crysis Rig

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May 22, 2008 10:00:20 PM

Okay first of all i would like to give a thanks in advance for reading my thread and helping me out.
Now to the point i am building a new computer because mine current one is a little outdated.
I was thinking of going AMD based but Intel is an option. I have an $840 budget ( minus the video card, i would like to keep my recently purchased HD 3870) and crossfire is an option. I do need a new monitor because my 15 inch LCD is not cutting it anymore.
Now for what i was thinking...
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY DK 790FX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 320 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ACER 19" 1680 by 1050 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or
Hanns-G 19" 1440 by 900 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Mushkin 2 GB (2 x 1 GB) DDR2 800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec NeoPower 650 (Recommendations are really need here.) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers: Logitech X-530 5.1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech MX518 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling:

HSF: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: Thermaltake DuOrb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling Mx-2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fans: 2x Rosewill 80mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1x Thermaltake 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: (recycling from last build) http://www.ultraproducts.com/product_details.php?cPath=...

Video Card: I already have this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anything that you think should be changed please recommend it to me, or if you have another build that falls into this price range that would be faster please let me know.

I want to be able to play games like Crysis, Oblivion, CoD4, CS:S, TF2, and every new game for the next year or so on high sheetings no AA or AF

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May 22, 2008 10:13:30 PM

With a budget of $840 that doesn't have to include the video card, I would think you could get a much faster Intel system.
May 22, 2008 10:27:54 PM

Thank you very much for the quick reply, do you have any suggestions?
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May 22, 2008 10:54:44 PM

My recommendations:
E2160/2180
P35-DS3L

Everything else the same. When both the X2 and the E21x0s are OCed the E21x0s will perform much better.
May 22, 2008 11:04:23 PM

I was looking at getting a P35 mother board, but the only things i did not like were the 1st generation Pci-e slots. Will this be a larger hit in performance now or in the future.
Edit: Also aren't Intel Cpu's harder to overclock, overclocking is new to me and i really liked the idea of just increasing a multiplier instead of increasing the fsb and stressing the whole system.
May 23, 2008 12:18:35 AM

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
May 28, 2008 5:02:13 PM

Ok couple of comments:

I would also be in favour of an Intel based system. They are tending to out preform AMD sets. Also Intel are introducing a new design of chip at the end of this year, after that prices for their current design of chips will fall until they dissappear. If you are on your toes you could pick up a much faster processor for not too much in a year or so.

Although you are only spending a few dollars on them and they may seem insignificant now have a look at this thread on case fans:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/249858-28-replacement...
You will really regret having a massively noisy system every time you switch it on. Check it out and shop around for the best deals on the better fans.

If you aren't planning to overclock you can buy a retail processor that will come with an Intel heat sink rather than use an aftermarket one.

Jeremy
May 28, 2008 5:17:07 PM

I'd probably ditch the VGA cooler and spend the $ on a better processor.
May 28, 2008 8:32:17 PM

DarkEgo said:
I was looking at getting a P35 mother board, but the only things i did not like were the 1st generation Pci-e slots. Will this be a larger hit in performance now or in the future.
Edit: Also aren't Intel Cpu's harder to overclock, overclocking is new to me and i really liked the idea of just increasing a multiplier instead of increasing the fsb and stressing the whole system.

There are no current gen GPUs that come close to using PCIe 1.1 bandwidth. PCIe 2.0 is just for future proofing (possibly for the next gen cards with dual GPUs,etc) Also PCIe 2.0 cards are backward compatible.

Intel CPUs (C2D) are much easier to OC now days than their old NetBurst counter parts. If you need help in OCing (providing you got a good OCing motherboard) just PM me or start a new thread.
June 11, 2008 1:10:04 PM

either intel or amd will be great for crossfirex upgrade...
P45 or X38?
June 11, 2008 4:16:07 PM

Who brought this thread from the dead?
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