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September 5, 2009 8:09:30 AM

I'm just looking for a semi-decent gaming computer. I've had a laptop for the past 3.5 years and it can just barely play Half Life 2. :p  This would be my first time building my own PC. I'd like to buy it within the next week or two; no rush. I'm looking to keep the budget under $750 including a monitor.

I'll probably get most parts from newegg. If there's a better deal from frys or amazon I might do that.

Here are the parts i'm considering so far:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103675
AMD Phenom II X4 945

I'm considering lower level AMD's too. Would other 3 or 4 core models be a better deal? Intel i5 comes out this week i guess? It seems like it would cost a bit more though.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130228
AM3 AMD 770-C45

Seems like a fairly basic board, but it looks good enough, and i don't want SLI or Crossfire

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187086
9800GT 1GB

Most mid-level cards are 512MB, i've heard 1GB is worth paying for though. Will that make a noticeable difference for most games? I'm aiming for 1680x1050 resolution.

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820141498
3x2GB DDR3

Just the cheapest DDR3 i could find. Lots of people seem to just use 4GB, is that enough? Vista seems so resource-heavy.

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136358
Western Digital 500GB SATA


Should I get any certain case or PSU? After browsing, I think shouldn't need to spend more than $80-100 on both.

Any advice is welcome. Thanks.

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a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2009 11:15:12 AM

AM3 runs dual channel so 2 x 2 is about right for RAMs :p  Well i wouldn't advocate cheaping out on RAMs but a DDR3 1333 CL7 pair would be nice ^^ 1GB video RAM is nice for say 1920 x 1080 resolution but then again i'd slap that on a card like GTX 260/HD 4870 ideally hehe. A suggested config
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September 5, 2009 12:25:43 PM

Before I spec out a system, need to know if you have anything to use for this rig. Keyboard, mouse, speakers? Or is this complete ground up build?
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September 5, 2009 7:12:06 PM

Yeah i have keyboard, mouse, and speakers already.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2009 9:55:58 PM

Hmm perhaps an addition of a $30 SATA DVDRW then ^^
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September 5, 2009 11:25:52 PM

Yeah i guess i might as well buy one new since they're so cheap.

I didn't see that combo deal with the ATI 4870 1GB card, but even then its $175. What ATI chip is comparable to NVIDIA 9800GT? Because the one i found was 1GB for $110.
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September 5, 2009 11:45:37 PM

The ATI's answer to the 9800GT is the 4830.

Edit: For more information on ATI and Nvidia equivalent cards check here.

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
(^ Also includes the best bang for your buck on video cards for the month of August.)

Edit2: Here is a great video card for $5 cheaper.
XFX 4850 - $105 (Labor Day deal only, originally $135)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 6, 2009 12:46:27 AM

The 4870 will thrash a 9800gt. For that resolution you will want more card. I've got a 9600gt 512 myself, about 15-20% less than say a 512 mb 9800gt, and I game at 1650x1080, I can tell a slowdown at times.
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