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Please critic my budget gaming build

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December 18, 2008 7:30:14 AM

All these prices are in Canadian...

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $100.02
Motherboard: ASUS M3A78 Pro AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $124.99
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $68.81
Video Card: POWERCOLOR AX4830 512MD3-H Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $137.28
Memory:o CZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail (The Official Memory of the Championship Gaming Series) - Retail $47.78
Cpu: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5200DOBOX - Retail $74.99
Hdd: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $62.49
Dvd Writer: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM $28.99

Sub Total: $645.35
Total: $722.79

I'm probably going to stick with this computer for at least 2 years so I'm thinking ahead with the am2+ mb so I can use Phenom 2 later on. I could go with Intel if someone can show me a better build for the same price or less.

I guess I should add what I plan to play with this rig. Starcraft, Wc3, Counter-Strike, TF2, Left4Dead
December 19, 2008 11:34:41 AM

With the black edition, you will need to get a heatsink.
December 19, 2008 2:24:43 PM

Here's an Intel build in the same price range:

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $99.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $119.99 - $15.00 MIR

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $59.18

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $65.79 - $10.00 MIR

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $65.99

ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $179.18 - $30.00 MIR

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $71.59

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $34.99

Total - $696.70 - $55 MIR's = $641.70

If you need to get the price down even more you can go with the 4830 GPU like you originally planned.

POWERCOLOR AX4830 512MD3-H Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $131.39 - $25 MIR
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