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Building a budget system for my friend, please critique

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June 2, 2008 9:38:55 PM

Here are the specs:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8GHz processor $136

Abit AX78 ATX AM2+ AMD770 SB600 DDR2 2PCI-E16 3PCI SATA RAID Sound GBLAN Corssfirex Motherboard $104

OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 $63


Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 $66

DVD+RW $33

Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT $77

Corsair TX650W 650W ATX $110

Please critique. Tell me how this will handle new games like Crysis. Also tell me where you think I could get a better deal or save some money.

June 2, 2008 10:03:49 PM

first off try shopping at newegg... you can save about 50 dollars with this 8800 gt - 140

second... try a better processor such as - 130

third get a motherboard to go with the processor such as a good simple motherboard - 105

fourth you can get cheaper ram, and better ram such as mushkin... I personally love them... its about 20 $ cheaper after rebate and 10 before rebate - 50

fifth cheaper drive - 23

same case - 85

Sixth cheaper power supply - 70

your system was 779 while mine is a better performing system for 601...

you could improve on the system further by upgrading the processor to a e8400 for 50 $ more...

get 2 gigs more ram for 30 $ more

and maybe sli 8800 gt's from newegg at the 140 pricepoint... and then upgrade the psu to like 800 w... this would put you around 8 - 9 hundred... a very reasonable price for a powerful computer

I'm also assuming that you have an operating system cd... if not than tack on a 100 to the final price for your operating system

^ this system should run crysis at max (without AA) at 1280 by 1024 or below, and should be able to play high to about 1600 - 1200... from there on though you'll have to play medium to get decent frame rates
June 2, 2008 10:11:00 PM

o btw it would handle any other game out there at max
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June 2, 2008 10:19:32 PM

o btw it would handle any other game out there at max

depends on the resolution, but im going to say no just because of the slow processor.
June 2, 2008 11:08:40 PM

the slow processor? what are you talking about... core 2 duos is still the fastest dual core processor on market...
June 3, 2008 12:55:16 AM

Thanks for your suggestions but I live in Canada so I can't buy from newegg. I usually use ncix or
June 3, 2008 1:07:09 AM

[rant]Lol I think they need to make posters pass a computer knowledge before allowing them to post here! Thegrom- this system will not run AoC on max at 1920x1200, so your point is not valid.

Back to the OP!

Unless you have a loyalty to AMD, there is very little reason right now to use an AMD CPU. Intel smacks AMD around pretty badly. Look at the E7200 and overclock it.

For motherboard get an Asus or Gigabyte P35 motherboard. The RAM you picked is okay, for RAM with 4-4-4-12 timings is better.

Video cards- wait for the new AMD/nVidia offerings which should be out in June and July before buying. The new generation cards are supposed to be something special.

PSU is a bit overkill. 550W will be just fine. Or save money and pick up Antec's Sonta III case.

June 3, 2008 3:20:55 PM

I never said it would... read my post i never said it would... read my post...

maybe they should make posters read before they post...

btw... having a large w psu actually saves you money.... its more power efficient... do research before you post...