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HELP! I need to know if this is a decent gaming build

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May 5, 2009 11:10:12 PM

Core 2 Duo e8400 $167

Hard Drive
Western Digital SATA Caviar SE 320GB 7200 $50

SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB $120

ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $134


CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $50.00

Modtek Alien X case $50.00

Disc Drive
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R $25

Total: $696.00

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May 5, 2009 11:21:21 PM

If I were building a ~$700 build:

Processor: Phenom II Tri-core 720 BE

Motherboard: Gigabyte with a 790 chipset

GPU: 2 XFX ATI Radeon 4770s in CF

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x2GB DDR2-800

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5

PSU: Corsair 450/550 VX (Either will provide more than enough power for this build)

Hard drive: WD Black

Disc drive: The one you have is great.

This should come out to about ~$760ish on newegg and will provide far more performance than the current config you have listed.
May 6, 2009 12:01:30 AM

Yes the build you are planning looks pretty good, but I do agree with the above poster about going with the PII route.
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May 6, 2009 2:42:48 AM

+1 on the Phenom II build.

You should get an aftermarket CPU cooler too, though. The 720 should easily get to 3.6GHz.
May 6, 2009 3:16:32 AM

+1 on the Phenom II build.

pair it with at least a gtx260 or 4870 1gb..:D 
May 7, 2009 11:50:45 PM

+1 on the Phenom build.
Phenoms are faster at this budget.
And 2X 4770 are just superb
beat both GTX260 and 4850.