300-500 the lower,the better


BUDGET RANGE: $300-500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Multi tasking: web surfing/games

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: PSU, DVD Burner, Monitor, Keyboard, mouse, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg..Can't beat the shipping times.

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATX case if anything..

OVERCLOCKING: Sure, i'll do lots of reading up on it before i do anything.


My current system is the Gateway 820GM, I changed the PSU, and Video card.

Right now i'm running a HD 4850 w/ 512mb of mem. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770

and a 600 wat OCZ PSU..

I'm quite sure my bottleneck is going to be my CPU, i'll be posting my comp stats from what i got from everest. Its a P4 3GHZ with 2Gbs of ram.

Looking to buy most likely CPU, Mobo, and ram.

MY question:What can give me the most bang for my buck for the years? And how does my Vid card rank angainst other vid cards?

Current Computer:

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4 530, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Intel Grantsdale-G i915G
System Memory 2032 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Intel (08/13/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (512 MB)
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (512 MB)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (LFM0C0234040)

Audio Adapter Creative Audigy LS Audio Processor
Audio Adapter Intel 82801FB ICH6 - High Definition Audio Controller [B-1]

IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801FB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2651
IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
Disk Drive WDC WD2500JS-22MHB0 (232 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive WDC WD4000AAKS-22YGA0 (372 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive eM Bay Reader USB Device
Disk Drive eM Bay Reader USB Device
Disk Drive eM Bay Reader USB Device
Disk Drive eM Bay Reader USB Device
Optical Drive SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-616E (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
Optical Drive TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S222A
SMART Hard Disks Status OK
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  1. The 4850 is a good card, but not at that resolution. You should really be using a GTX275 or an HD4890 if you want to play things maxed out. So really you are looking to get a CPU, motherboard, RAM, case, and a new hard drive right?

    Comes out to $444 before $30 MIR. I would suggest upgrading your video card sometime in the near future for the best gaming performance, but if you arent going to do it right away hold off until october or november.
  2. Adding a second 4850 might be a good option now. CF will do well enough at 19x12.

    After rebate, a 4850 will cost $80. Since the Sapphire is running at stock speeds, any CF ready 4850 will work.

    You could part together a x3 system, but it wouldn't be any cheaper than the bundle hunter has listed. The sticky point will be the OS.
  3. reuse the gateway case? and install hunter315's cpu/mb/ram/hd combo.

    keep the 4850 and crossfire a second one later
  4. Nice thanks alot.. With the Crossfire; Do i have to get the same manufactorer Sapphire or any Card that is HD4850?

    That's a really a great deal. thanks a lot!
  5. Any 4850 will work, just be aware the crossfire demotes everything to the lowest common denominator, so if you get one with 1GB of ram OC'd to 650MHz it will be brought down to 512MB of ram and 625MHz so that it has two identical cards to work with, so its not worth buying a 1GB overclocked one since your other one wont be able to use it to its full potential. The only difference between the brands is the cooling solutions, everything else is identical.
  6. Newegg combo is no longer valid. Maybe they will have another in a week or so.
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