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Budget Gaming PC Advice - Components Compatibility

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June 22, 2009 7:34:34 AM

Hi there,

I have to make a budget gaming pc for a nephew. Thought would share it here for compatibility advice.

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INTEL DUAL CORE E5200 2.5Ghz (2MB CACHE - 800Mhz FSB)

INTEL DG41RQ (LGA775-SND+AGP+GIGA LAN-1333MHZ FSB) PCX SLOT

2 x CORSAIR XMS2 CM 1GB-6400/800 BUS XMS XTREME SPEED GAMING MEMORY

XFX GeForce PCX 9800GT 512MB (256-BITS) DDRIII
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Has anyone experienced any hitches in this combination? If yes, what component should be changed without effecting budget too much.

thanks for you time.

regards,
izach

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June 22, 2009 10:39:10 AM

Intel CPU with Intel mainboard should be smooth sailing. I would consider the e6300 for $13 more as the 1066 FSB (easily overclocks to 1333) will allow the 9800 GT to use its gaming muscle where the e5200 would slightly hold it back.
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June 22, 2009 3:02:20 PM

It might also be worth considering 4 gigs of memory instead of 2 since it's so cheap. Also, since the 9800gt is around $100, it's also worth looking at an ATi 4850. On newegg, XFX has a 4850 listed at $109. It's considerably faster than a 9800gt.
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June 22, 2009 3:24:37 PM

dna708 said:
It might also be worth considering 4 gigs of memory instead of 2 since it's so cheap. Also, since the 9800gt is around $100, it's also worth looking at an ATi 4850. On newegg, XFX has a 4850 listed at $109. It's considerably faster than a 9800gt.


I would really suggest saving up a little more and getting a Phenom II x2 550 CPU (100$) /w matching mobo and memory. It'll be a tad more expensive, but will play much better and last longer.

+1 on the 4850 instead of the 9800gt
+1 on 4gb memory
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