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$650 Custom Gaming PC Build, advice please! (ordering)

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January 15, 2009 10:21:29 PM

I am ordering this computer tonight, need to have everything double checked through by the more experienced builders.

Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail ($140 - Combo)

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail

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

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM

$650........My budget

Video card a good choice ?
Crossfire capable worth the extra cash ?
worth getting the 650w psupply over the 500w earthwatts ?
E5200 over the E7 ?

really I didn't want to spend more then $600, but I wanted it to have upgrade options in the future w/ the 650w pssuply and ud3p (crossfire).. new to all this so any advice on anything would be great. thanks alot !!

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January 15, 2009 10:32:37 PM

Yes, it's worth the extra money for the crossfire option. What resolution will you be gaming at?

Also if you plan to crossfire in the future you might want to consider even more power. PCP&C is still running a deal for a 750w highly rated power supply for $80.
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January 15, 2009 10:37:36 PM

The 650 W is probably over killed for that rig but it will allow you to go crossfire if you ever want to.

HD 4850 is a pretty good GPU but matters depend on the seize of your screen and the resolution you play your game at. If you're going for a 22'' 1600x1050 you should be good to go. Also look at other manufacturers for you GPU, HIS for example, they make the HD 4850 with a better cooling solution. Also, Sapphire has a pretty crappy customer service.

HHD get the same one but in the black edition. It's faster and shouldn't be much more expensive

As for your CPU, I'd say if you can get into the 7xxx serie well that's even better if budget doesn't allow than stick with the 5200. I'd suggest getting and after market cooler something like the Xigmatek 1283s with the retention bracket. This would allow you to get a nice over clock on either the 5200 or a 7xxx CPU.