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First gaming build in a few years, need advice

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April 22, 2009 2:16:53 PM

It's been a few years since I've built a system (Mostly a monetary constraint), and my current rig is an old Dell Dimension that can barely even run games on low settings these days with a P4 3.0ghz, 2 GB DDR and an ATI x1600 Pro AGP 8x. Recently, my aunt has offered to purchase all my computing needs for college, so instead of buying a nice laptop that'll go obsolete in three years, I've opted to build a budget gaming rig and a netbook for the dorms.

Here's what I've picked out so far, based on a lot of other build suggestions on this board:

Case:

Antec P180. This is probably the first thing I should cut down on, but I really like this case. But if I could benefit more from power somewhere else, I'll chop it down no problem.

PSU:

OCZ Fatal1ty. It's been a while since I've self-built, but I know that there's no skimping when it comes to PSUs.

CPU:

I've heard the Kuma can overclock to 3ghz even at stock, so this seemed like the right processor for me, but I'm open to more powerful suggestions if you guys have one. I'm fonder of the ATI-AMD combo.

Motherboard:

I've seen this mobo comboed to the Kuma a lot, and it seem to fit all of my specifications quite nicely anyways.

Memory:

Again, I've seen this pair of G SKILLs slapped into a lot of builds, and it's cheap, so it fits nicely.

Video Card:

The HD4870 seems to be the card to beat these days, and Sapphire makes ATI the best. Should I maybe spring more for the new 4890?

HDD:

Nothing fancy. I've had 80GB only for two years, so I've learned to love less space

Top all of this off with a standard Philips DVD Burner and an Acer 22 inch widescreen for a total budget of $795.91. What do you guys think? I want to keep it $800 or below, because I need to find as much money as possible to add a Netbook in somewhere and not break my aunt's wallet.

April 22, 2009 2:32:14 PM

I would try to fit a x3 720 ($135) and a 790GX Motherboard ($99) in there. ;) 

Are you sure that 80gb is enough :o  I have filled over 1.5tb of space on my computer. Just got another Western Digital Black 640gb in today :D 

You picked a good video card but I would also consider the gtx 260 maxcore by BFG for $179

Good luck with your build
April 23, 2009 3:14:48 AM

Can anyone check over the components to make sure these mesh well and should work? I did myself, but I feel like I'm missing something that could cripple this build.
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