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June 3, 2009 4:48:48 AM

Hi, I'm trying to building a good gaming computer and but don't really know what to get at all! So please help!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month

BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1000


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitors


PARTS PREFERENCES: Something that will run Left 4 Dead ( and all new recent games) Smoothly and without problems


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't really know much on building a gaming pc or a pc period ( which is why I'm posting here)

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June 3, 2009 5:10:33 AM

Here are a couple builds.

Phenom II 720 & ASUS AM3 790GX $260 $15 MIR [...] mbo.190879
4GB OCZ Platinum DDR3-1600 $80 [...] 6820227447

750W PCPAC PSU $110 -$20 MIR, $10 more if you don't want the ugly red one. [...] 6817341011

Antec 900 $100 [...] 6811129021

WD Caviar Black 1TB - $100 [...] 6822136284

Sony Opteric - $30 [...] 6827118032

HIS HD4890 - $220, $20 MIR. [...] 6814161276

or if you want the good warrenty and HAWX:
XFX HD4890 $270, $20 MIR, HAWX [...] 6814150360

Dark Knight - $40 [...] 6835233029

OR Core Contact Freezer - $30 -$10 MIR [...] 6835207004

Total ~ $950 before rebates

Better overall system, with 4GB DDR3, a triple-core Deneb black edition processor, and an HD4890. The PH2 720 will perform better than the Core 2 in games, and much better in multithreaded applications. The HD4890 is better than the GTX260. If you want to spend more of your budget, you could upgrade to a Phenom II 955, an HD4850X2, or Crossfire 4870s.

nVidia build:

as above, but

Phenom II 720 and ASUS 980a, $290 [...] mbo.198677

4GB DDR2-1066 $60, $20 MIR [...] 6820227298

eVGA GTX 275, $265, $20 MIR, Cryostasis, Call of Duty, World at War [...] 6814130478

$60 more than HD4890 build, more expensive motherboard of similar quality, more expensive graphicas card of superior quality.
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June 3, 2009 5:40:07 AM

Smithereen has a good build there. I've gone in a slightly different direction, building a solid platform to expand on.

AMD X4 940
This has a nice price, but it's not a DDR3 compatible CPU, sadly. It's a step up in speed from the X3 720 though.

Good crossfire board. Will probably be in combo with this CPU shortly. Newegg has the wrong board listed at the moment, and I alerted them.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
You want 1066, lowish price, CAS 5, and lowish voltage. Oh, and a low profile. No raised RAM heatsinks on AMD boards as the RAM is close to the CPU and cooler.

Scythe Shuriken CPU cooler
This top-down cooler should fit the board well, and do a decent job. I'm trying to research large coolers with these AMD boards now... there are issues.
Thermal paste

Cooler Master HAF A good case that will last a long time. Excellent cooling and ease of use. Nice features.

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W
Not the red one, which would save you 10 bucks ;) 

Saphire 4870 1GB
You can add a second if you need it later.

Wd 640GB Caviar Black
Fast. Lot's of room for a gamer.
HP retail DVD burner

$981 before rebates, combos, and shipping

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June 3, 2009 4:18:38 PM

You could drop in the 940 into the 980a board, you'd be around $1000. The AM3 equivalent is over $50 more, though.
June 3, 2009 5:30:52 PM

Thanks for all your help guys!
June 3, 2009 11:30:14 PM

What are you going with?
June 5, 2009 7:48:21 PM

The first build you posted.