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Upgradability with $500 basic build?

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June 15, 2009 11:41:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Less than 2 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video capture and mild editing, Gaming, Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Hard Drive, DVD/Bluray Burners

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None; Highly rated parts

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: max=1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just wanting to see if this build would be decent to upgrade for 2-3 years (Processor, Ram, video cards *4770 will be crossfired soon*, etc)



This is my build so far:

Antec 300 case - $55



CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC- $100


GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $135


SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB - $109


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) - $55


Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz - $70



First time builder and first time post.......any opinions would be helpful.



June 18, 2009 5:13:22 PM

That's a solid build. I picked half of the same parts recently for a similar project. I would include a good CPU cooler so you can milk the e5200 chip. I hear those chips OC really well.

There are cheaper p45 mobos, but I think you picked the solid OCer that is worth the extra $40 compared to the others.

The case may be a little cramped when you are done. Might consider a cheap full size.

GL!
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