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$500 - $600 gaming rig

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August 30, 2009 3:22:07 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of September (After ATI comes out with their 5000 series cards)

BUDGET RANGE: $500 - $600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (TF2, COD4, Company of Heroes), media center, surfing, word processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Motherboard (bought an open-box BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX for $69 on Newegg), Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preference

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/ATI for cpu/gpu, but I'm open to other suggestions

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but I don't have any experience yet SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Nope

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here's the parts list I have so far.

gpu - visiontek 4870 $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (after the new cards come out, I'm either going to go for an ATI 5xxx, keep this part, or get a 4890 if prices drop...tell me what you think)

cpu - AMD Phenom II X3 720 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - WD Caviar Blue 500 GB $56
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu - Rosewill Green Series 530W $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - OCZ SLI-Ready 4GB DDR2 $48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD - Sony Optiarc 24X DVD burner $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard - Logitech Classic Black 104 $11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total w/ Mobo = $566

Thanks for your help!

-diamond

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August 30, 2009 3:39:31 AM

No on the rosewill PSU, they arent known for having good PSU, the this corsair instead its only slightly more expensive than the rosewill after MIR and a lot better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Please link to the board you bought as some 790GX boards are AM2+ others are AM3 and that determines the type of ram you can use.

I would swap the hard drive out for this one, it is currently the fastest out there, check the charts on this site, it also costs the same as the caviar blue.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 30, 2009 3:54:55 AM

I wouldn't bother buying a 4870 if you just want to get a 4890 after the new cards come out. If you're planning on buying at the end of September, then just wait for the new cards, then make your decision about graphics card. That motherboard is an AM2+ board, so you're right to go with the DDR2. I'll second the recommendation for the Corsair PSU.
August 30, 2009 4:00:54 AM

Then everything should work but if you plan to crossfire in the future get a 650 watt PSU from corsair, antec, seasonic, PC power and cooling or OCZ.
August 30, 2009 6:16:20 PM

I don't think I'm going to go crossfire, it just doesn't seem worth it to me.

Good suggestion on the PSU, it was on sale only for this weekend, so I've already bought one.
I read the reviews on that seagate. I'm not too sure if it's very reliable, but it looks like a pretty good drive.

A friend suggested I go with the X4 945 instead of X3 720...is the performance gain worthwhile?
August 30, 2009 6:19:41 PM

Its an extra 48 for the fourth core, unless you know you are using programs that can make use of the fourth core it isnt really worth it. The 720 is also a black edition so you can easily OC it past the level of the 945.
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