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April 29, 2009 9:48:36 AM

Mainly using for games / movies . Here is what i am thinking of so far:

note - i am not gonna go dual graphics card or do any OCing...

Case: antec 300 ~$60

cpu: amd phenom ii quad core 3 ghz ~$225

mobo: ASUS M4A78T-E ~$140

ram: CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR ram ~$70

hdd: western digital caviar 500gb 32mb cach ~$70

psu: BFG Tech GS-550 550W ~$60

graphics card: i am still torn b/w the radeon 4890HD and the GeForce GTX 275 ~$250 (or should i spend the extra bill and go for toe gtx 285?). will ati or nvidia be better suited for my proposed rig?


so total price is arond $900...Is there anything that i can do to cut costs w/o losing too much performance, or gain more performance w/o spending too much? Is there anything i should swap out for something better?

I want to run all games on max resolutions / max graphics smoothly.

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April 29, 2009 10:05:03 AM


There is a problem with your build at the moment . The 3 GHz Phenom 940 is an AM2+ cpu and wont work in an AM3 mb with DDR3 . You need either the 955 or 720 for a gaming build . The 720 will be a little slower but much cheaper , the 955 a bit faster and a bit more expensive

Look for cpu/mb combos and case/psu combos on newegg

Id choose the 4890 , but there isnt a lot in it so I'd probably buy whatever was cheaper or had the best game bundle
April 29, 2009 10:07:46 AM

Speaking of max resolution, may we know what display you plan to use? Even the 4890 may be too much for what you need.

Case is a good choice. Corsair has better PSUs, IMO.
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April 29, 2009 12:41:38 PM

Hmm since no extreme OCing and no multi GPU set up:

recommended resolution: 1650 x 1050 to 1920 x 1200 (depends on game)

April 29, 2009 12:44:48 PM

If you get a BFG PSU, then get the LS series, not the GS. I would also prefer a PSU from a different manufacturer like Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec or Seasonic.
April 29, 2009 7:15:33 PM

so the amd quad 4 mobo doenst use ddr3 ram? and the amd quad3 mobo uses ddr2 ram? isnt amd quad 4 better cpu than quad 3, and isnt ddr3 ram better than ddr2, but why doesnt an amd quad 4 mobo suport ddr3 ram? or am i missing something here
April 29, 2009 7:36:06 PM

I don't know what you're on about.

but, the 940 is an AM2+ cpu which means ddr2 only, the 955 and 720 are am3 which means ddr3 and ddr2 support.
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