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June 11, 2009 10:38:16 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next Week

Budget: $400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Aion Online, movies and COD4

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, PSU, OS, Optical, HDs

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: EVGA for Nvidia and open to others for ATI graphics cards

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200


Here are some parts that I kinda like but open to other options:

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If I where to go AMD:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 11, 2009 11:58:29 AM

So you want a CPU+Mobo+RAM+Graphics card for $400...

The parts you had chosen are very good parts, which will allow for crossfire in the future...But it totals about $340, leaving only $60 for CPU, and for that you would get only a AMD 7750, which will not compliment the mobo...
June 11, 2009 12:02:09 PM

I wouldnt mind a cheaper board or an Intel based system.
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June 11, 2009 12:08:40 PM

Ohh ok...

here goes...
CPU - AMD's latest and is a very good CPU for gaming.
Check this article...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-x2,2324.h...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - Doesnt have crossfire support but going for this cheaper mobo, you can get a faster graphics card, which is the main for gaming
But the mobo has decent options for a good overclock too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Fast and very good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card - 4870 1GB with Free game too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - $414 and $394 counting in rebates...
So it is just $14 above budget, but you would get a very good CPU and a very powerful graphics card...And by the time you would need a more powerful graphics card, there would be newer DirectX 11 cards and you can get them...
June 11, 2009 12:37:17 PM

^Yes that combo is good but it supports DDR2 RAM and not DDR3...
I had suggested that board because it is supports DDR3 and DDR3 is now fast becoming mainstream...So it can be resused for future builds too...

But if it does not matter with you, then that mobo is also very good...
Get this RAM...AMD CPUs take advantage of DDR2 1066MHz speed...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 11, 2009 12:42:32 PM

I had not suggested any intel machines because for that price range, you are limited to LGA 775 socket CPUs and intel has stopped making CPUs for that socket as it will be launching a new socket later this year...So it is not a better upgrade path...
And AMD CPUs especially that P II X2 and X3 are well known for their performance and are best value for that price...
June 15, 2009 11:38:49 AM

I just bought this:
http://www.frys-electronics-ads.com/ads/2009/06/12/4295...

And it seems to be doing fine for now. I was looking at performance and the E8200 looked to be better than the AMD chips I was thinking of.

I am also thinking of getting the following:
ASUS 4850 TOP 512MB - $80
ASUS 4870 TOP 512MB - $140
ASUS 4890 1GB for $160
Which should I get for best price/performance? I am only playing COD4/Modern Warfare2 (When it comes out) and Aion Online.
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