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Need Advice on Cheap Gaming Build

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November 14, 2008 4:49:15 AM

hi budget is around 600$

currently looking at:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

APEVIA ATX-AS520W-BK 520W ATX Power Supply - Retail

AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HD960ZWCGDBOX - Retail

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

subtotal of $589.89

any recommendations?
any advices?
any changes?
plz let me know what improvements i can make on all these
btw i chose amd cpu because it's cheaper and it's quad core
dont know if it's the right choice
November 14, 2008 5:11:22 AM

Personally, I would choose the motherboard, and a CPU.

It's more of a personal choice for me, as I've seen a few reviews of those CPU's getting very near 4ghz with some decent air cooling on them. For gaming I believe that would leave the AMD in the dust if you were able to OC that to 3.2ghz+ which you should be able to hit even with a half-way decent CPU heatsink. Plus with that board you could nab a decent Intel quad core maybe 6 months down the road when Core i7 has somewhat matured and the older 45nm quads do a decent price drop.
November 14, 2008 5:28:29 AM

bosshoss he will get way better perfromance out of the quad amd cpu. amd doesnt deserve to be bashed anymore there quad processors are so cheap its better to go with them on a low budget
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November 14, 2008 5:37:56 AM

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKA1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Real Power Pro 550W Power Supply - Retail-$99.99

Go for this case (coolermaster) comes with a very gud power supply...and is jus abt 100bucks lots of gud reviews

And go for western digital 640GB hdd lots of gud reviews and very fast.....

check these deals on the case and power combo
November 14, 2008 8:49:17 AM

It's a gaming rig. Go with the Intel E8400 in the combo deal for the Asus P5Q Pro. Total price after the rebate is $235 .....only $20 more than your original choices.

You'd get a CPU that is stock clocked at 3.0 and a quality motherboard that has 8x/8x crossfire potential for the future. I'm not even talking about overclocking, at stock clocks the Intel E8400 would blow the 9600 out of the water. If you overclock........
The Coolermaster CM690 is a great case, the power supply is adequate, and it would power that eventual crossfire.
Go with the Asus TOP 4850, it's factory overclocked and cheaper at $140 after rebate
November 14, 2008 9:19:21 AM

My best advice is be flexible and watch for deals. I got a $50 Intel combo 2 days ago at Fry's that normally goes for around $180. Never seen a dual core Intel combo this cheap. More to come on black friday.
November 14, 2008 12:17:26 PM

That apevia PSU is junk....don't both with it.

Consider this Antec 650watt with Active PFC $69 instead:

It will give you the power to upgrade your Videocard in the future. Its $20 more expensive then the coolmaster, but you wont have to deal with rebates that make doing rma's difficult (just in case you get a bad one).

The Antec 300 case is well designed and possibly the coolest case in its price range, but needs 3 - 120 mm fans and 1 - 120 mm dust cover for the side vent to complete it.

Your Mobo is a solid choice. However, an Intel based build would give you lower power consumption, less heat (45 nm ) and a better upgrade path (775 socket is near its end but supports up to 3.2 ghz quad core CPU's). Consider this option instead:

E5200 $83.

Most people are getting a stable 3.6 Ghz OC on this one with a decent cooler like a Xigmatek or Sunbeam and 3.0Ghz on the stock cooler.

Asus P5Q Pro $114

This motherboard has an extra PCI-e 2.0 slot so you can upgrade to a second video card in the future.

If you insist on AMD :The AMD phenom is a good CPU for RTS games like supreme commander, but if you don't play RTS then a higher clocked dual core is a better choice.

+1 for the 2 x 2 GB corsair DDR2

For $5 more you can get a WD 640GB HD.
November 14, 2008 12:51:12 PM

First of all, get this Antec PSU that comes in a combo with that case

Antec Neo Power 500 500W $99 - $30 Case Combo

As for the mother board you may want to consider something that is capable of crossfire. I've noticed that the 790X boards have been disappearing, probably to make room for dragon, but there are still plenty of 790GX/FX boards out there, like this Biostar board that comes with a CPU combo consisting of that 9600. Of course, I'm partial to a Gigabyte or MSI board myself

BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX $99.99- $20 combo

As for your choice in RAM G.Skill has a 4GB set for the same price

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 $49.99