Budget AMD Gaming Rig $650-$700

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Two Weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, HD Movies, Multiple applications)

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: (AMD)

OVERCLOCKING: (Maybe) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: (In the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1680x1050)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I wanted to make this build after reading System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $650 Gaming PC. But I had a little bit extra to spend and wanted to keep my mobo for a long time so I opted to try and make it a DDR3 system.

Parts:

Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X (Combo)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R

Case: COOLER MASTER Mystique

OS: Windows Vista 32-bit
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  1. are that gpu 2 x 4850? like the article? if thats so, why not expend 50$ more on a single 5850?

    and what about 10$ more on this 500 gb hard drive?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    or only 6$ on this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152137
  2. 2x 4850's = 170
    1 5850 = $270 (if anyone has it)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125300
  3. chepeast one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161297

    x 2= 220$

    1 5850:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125300

    260$, so only 40$ for a new card, dx11, and better performance, less heat, and all that
  4. chudm said:
    chepeast one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161297

    x 2= 220$

    1 5850:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125300

    260$, so only 40$ for a new card, dx11, and better performance, less heat, and all that


    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824 4850 for $90
  5. laweinhander said:


    hes on a budget but still i dont think he will choose the chepeast one, when for 20$ can get a better brand, anyway still choosing 2 of those, i would try to get a single 5850, cause its new hardware
  6. I think this would be a nice budget rig

    I know you said xfire maybe but for the rez and your budget, I dont see it fitting in.

    This rig should get you mid to max setting on most games.




    SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151188
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    $31.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188



    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    $54.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181



    XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814150436
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant $149.99
    $144.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436



    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231193
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $85.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193




    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817341022
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119137
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$35.00 Instant
    -$10.00 Combo
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $174.98
    $129.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.274112




    AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945FBGIBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103675
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128392
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    -$5.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $254.98
    $234.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.272102
    Subtotal: $682.92

    If you like to play around with OCing the CPU and in a HSF
  7. Niklas_13 said:
    I think this would be a nice budget rig

    I know you said xfire maybe but for the rez and your budget, I dont see it fitting in.

    This rig should get you mid to max setting on most games.


    If you like to play around with OCing the CPU and in a HSF


    Hey thanks for the suggestion it was really helpful. But I still need an OS wich adds like another hundred to that total. Do you think the Phenom II X2 550 would be able to play a game like Dragon Age on max settings at my resolution? Would I have to OC to do it?
  8. Take a look @ this link http://www.totalvideogames.com/Dragon-Age-Origins/news/Dragon-Age-Origins-System-Specs-Revealed-14274.html


    Windows XP Minimum Specifications


    •OS: Windows XP with SP3
    •CPU: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.4Ghz or greater
    •AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 1.8Ghz or greater
    •RAM: 1GB or more
    •Video: ATI Radeon X850 128MB or greater
    •NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater
    •DVD ROM (Physical copy)
    •20 GB HD space

    Windows Vista Minimum Specifications


    •OS: Windows Vista with SP1
    •CPU: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.6Ghz or greater
    •AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 2.2GHZ or greater
    •RAM: 1.5 GB or more
    •Video: ATI Radeon X1550 256MB or greater
    •NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB or greater
    •DVD ROM (Physical copy)
    •20 GB HD space

    Recommended Specifications


    •CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz Processor or equivalent
    •RAM: 4 GB (Vista) or 2 GB (XP)
    •Video: ATI 3850 512 MB or greater
    •NVIDIA 8800GTS 512 MB or greater
    •DVD ROM (Physical copy)
    •20 GB HD space

    It seems the game is more CPU dependent then GPU

    I think with the system i speced is well rounded for most games

    To answer your question, On this game its not the speed of the CPU you posted its that this games recommends a Quad core
  9. niklas, bad suggestion for the PSU.

    the OP said "SLI OR CROSSFIRE: (In the future)"

    so get a 650 or 750W PSU.
  10. overshocks said:
    niklas, bad suggestion for the PSU.

    the OP said "SLI OR CROSSFIRE: (In the future)"

    so get a 650 or 750W PSU.


    I know this build is a single card setup

    The mobo is only 1 PCI-E 16x

    Have to cut corners for a better CPU, and a single card setup is all you need under 1920X1080 (well IMHO its)
  11. overshocks said:
    niklas, bad suggestion for the PSU.

    the OP said "SLI OR CROSSFIRE: (In the future)"

    so get a 650 or 750W PSU.


    I know this build is a single card setup

    The mobo is only 1 PCI-E 16x

    Have to cut corners for a better CPU, and a single card setup is all you need under 1920X1080 (well IMHO its)

    He is on a very tight budget
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