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August 14, 2009 11:42:26 PM

Hello everyone, for the past 2 or so days i have spent about 12 hours looking at new pc parts to upgrade my xps, or even build a new case entirely. Unfortunately, my knowledge is minimal and the more i look around, the more options i see and i have simply gotten more and more confused. So i created an account and am hoping the experts here can help me make the best decision. So, thanks in advance everyone!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: $500-650 (under 600 is highly preferable)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (a lot of gaming ranging from oblivion to WoW to CoH and soon MW2), surfing the internet, movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, sound card, ram if mine still works with the new system, i have a box and power supply but i may just get a new one if possible; i don't know how good the power supply is since it doesn't say on dell.com's my system page, don't need a hard drive or speakers either.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: whatever is viewed as the best value; no preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (would like to) Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (doubt it)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 is what the monitor appears to be maxed at

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: a cool looking case would be nice, but not necessary especially if its costly.

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i have found a large amount of cpus, videocards and motherboards but i don't know if they are a good price or not; thats i am here.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H485FN512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Striker II Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


thanks for reading through all of this, any suggestions on better cards/cpus etc, which ones i should stay away from etc would be highly appreciated.

edit: don't need a hard drive or speakers either, apologies.

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August 15, 2009 1:24:39 AM

For a sub $600 budget and your resolution actually i would think a HD 4850 would do but ya no harm splashing on GPU for gaming rig hehe
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August 15, 2009 1:40:23 AM

The build in this thread would work very well for your needs:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269745-31-build-super...

If you need to drop the price down a little you could swap the HD and GPU for these:

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $49.99

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $109.99

That would save you $65 and put you right at $600 with a great complete system.
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