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

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August 13, 2009 3:15:34 AM

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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August 13, 2009 3:52:01 AM

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?
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August 13, 2009 3:56:30 AM

gskill ram rocks. personally like it better tha ocz that everyone seems to go gaga over
August 13, 2009 3:59:42 AM
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.
August 13, 2009 4:03:08 AM

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.
August 13, 2009 12:39:53 PM

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
August 13, 2009 1:44:58 PM

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.
August 13, 2009 2:40:43 PM

August 13, 2009 10:33:40 PM

anything else guys?
August 13, 2009 11:58:04 PM

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.