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June 21, 2009 7:34:36 AM

This is my proposed gaming rig. Estimated order date July 1, 2009. Most likely will remain gaming rig through one CPU and one video card product cycle upgrade. What does the community at large think? We're talking left 4 dead, TF2, and what ever other new games might come out in the near future running on the latest compatible OS. I'm drunk so please ignore (or make fun of me for) mistakes and feel free to suggest whatever.

Case LIAN LI PC-A06FB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112220 $89.99

Power Supply Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

Mother Board GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99

Processor AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124

RAM G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99

Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
Up to $60 combo discount, limited offer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

Video Card EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $194.99



Total ~$743.94

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June 22, 2009 12:30:44 AM

stevensl2 said:
Whats your Monitor Resolution?

and the 4890 would be a better video card. same price currently too, i heard that amd ati systems perform better at games running on the source engine =p just a rumor maybe.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I usually run my OS in 1028 x 1024. I tend to put games at the highest resolution they will run w/o having a negative impact on the frame rate if that makes any sense.
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June 23, 2009 3:31:22 AM

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June 23, 2009 7:04:46 AM

Hi...its a nice build there...but here are few suggestions...

Here is a combo of the X3 720 + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 for about $195
It is unbeatable for that price...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And as for the graphics card, +1 to stevensl2...
Get that card or this one for lesser price...
HIS HD 4890...It would outperform that GTX 260...
though for your resolution, you wont notice much difference but @ higher resolutions, you would see the difference...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 23, 2009 3:16:48 PM

gkay09 said:
Hi...its a nice build there...but here are few suggestions...

Here is a combo of the X3 720 + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 for about $195
It is unbeatable for that price...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And as for the graphics card, +1 to stevensl2...
Get that card or this one for lesser price...
HIS HD 4890...It would outperform that GTX 260...
though for your resolution, you wont notice much difference but @ higher resolutions, you would see the difference...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Looks like I missed that deal. Checked it out this morning and planned on researching it today but now it's gone.

Why does every version of every graphics card have like 4 or more different manufacturers? Do these different mfg use the same materials, processes, and specifications or do they vary and if so will performance vary?
June 24, 2009 4:37:47 AM

That combo is still active...check it out...
Every version of every graphic cards have so many different manufacturers so that we have good competition and better products as the manufacturers would compete to deliver better...
And not all manufacturers use the same materials...Reputed manufacturers put in High quality components onto the card and better power management...
But the specs would be same as it majorly comes down to the graphic chip that is present on the card...
There might be very slight performance difference but a major difference in quality of the components...
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