Another Advise thread! new system, GPU help (Budget Gamer)

Hi guys, im building a new system and am starting from ground up. i havnt built a system since the days of Sempron...(what good days those were) and i finally have the extra cash to do it. so let me get to the point, i would like to keep it under $600 after rebates and such.

i have not chosen a GPU, but im leaning towards a 4870 because of price point. here is a list of all, through (preferred) as i live in USA.

AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$40.00 Mail-in Rebate

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
$54.99 and i have ecode for $10 off

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

ENERMAX PRO82+ EPR525AWT 525W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$50.00 Mail-in Rebate

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5C G - Retail
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$64.99 another -$10 ecode

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX - Retail
total= $425.74 (after rebates and Ecode's)

after rebates i have about $150 for GPU so any ideas

Now even though it i might not get all four cores in the 550, im ok with that but i still got a board that supports it just in case... i like Gigabyte anyways (but any other board and cpu in my price point would be appreciated. >$200) . also would include some $25 DVD case, and in the future Windows 7 and a good 24/26'' monitor. but i can worry about those later. im allowing myself $100 for peripherals also, so any ideas would be appreciated.
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  1. You need to get DDR3 ram to go with the AM3 board. And for the price on that PSU i would suggest the corsair 650 instead.

    What resolution monitor are you considering? If you are going to get a 1920x1200 get a 4890 and upgrade that PSU to the 750Tx for an extra 10
  2. is the extra 30 dollars worth it as it would cut into my GPU budget... stupid me i forgot about ddr3 ram, any objections to those 1333mhz Gskill stuff?
  3. gskill ram rocks. personally like it better tha ocz that everyone seems to go gaga over
    this seems like good ram i like the low Cas, even if the volt is a little bit higher than norm, but .1 volt vs 1-2 lat timings is fine with me...

    the PSU i picked is $60 after rebate.. thats why i picked, since its a higher quality PSU from a respectable company.
  5. Nope, i have some 1333MHz gskill stuff myself, been working quite well.

    Since you only have a 770 board and you cant crossfire get a 650TX since it costs the same as the one you were looking at and the 550VX costs the same.

    If you get a combo deal with the 4890 it will help off set some of the cost
    But if you are willing to lower the settings a bit you can get a 4870, no good combos with them right now but they fit the $150 part of the request

    edit: ah i thought the 109 was after the MIR thats what threw me off.
  6. Hmm do you guys think i should just save some more cash, maybe get to $900 and buy a i5 and 5XXX card or 4890. and hopefully the ddr3 ram will go down, and ill have intel which even though i like intel, id rather have better performance for price, since thats what i5 is supposed to do i guess.

    any ideas?

    also do you guys thing that for the time being a 525W is enough for me. i wont be going crossfire/sli unless some miracle happens that makes it amazing more so then now. because i find that one higher performance card works better and is usually cheaper/ same price. the PSU i picked has 3 rails +12v, ive heard these work better than the 1 vrail configure, might just be marketing but i just want to be sure, i have no problem forking over another 30-40 bucks for 100/200 wattage if i need it
  7. check out the 20% off everything + free shipping at, i know they probably dont ship as fast or are as nice to deal with as newegg, but if budget it the main concern, the 20% off ( cashback) really helps (that is if you can go the 60 days before you see the "cashback" in your account. It got my build down from $1000 to just under $800.
  8. thanks
  9. anything else guys?
  10. I generally find myself not adopting cutting edge stuff right when it comes out, at least for a few months so that the issues can be worked out.

    Though since we are definitely near the cusp of a new generation, which i would wait for.

    I really think its up to you to decide if you need a computer now or in a few months.
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