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$650 Gaming Build

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October 7, 2009 4:44:41 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (End of October)

BUDGET RANGE: (600-650)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, Coding, Internet, Music)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

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

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: I would like to use the

- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Need OS and would like to have a good gaming system that can play pretty much anything on good settings)

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October 7, 2009 4:53:48 PM

What games do you play and what resolution is your monitor?
October 7, 2009 5:34:40 PM

Don't go with the LGA 775 socket CPUs as they are being phased out and there will be no upgrade options. For half the price you can get the Athlon II x2 250 or for about the same price you can get the AMD Phenom II x4 945. If you're really stuck an Intel chip, I would suggest the Intel i5 at $30 more.

For both of these options you'll need to get a new motherboard, socket AM3 for the AMD chips or socket 1156 for the i5. If you want a really good OC, I would suggest the i5, since it can be bumped up by at least 2GHz. *Reference*.
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