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Budjet gamer < 750

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: one week
BUDGET RANGE: 752 max os included
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming COD4ModWarFare, maybe aion, netflix, streaming video to hdtv, poker, word documents..
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, key board, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com,
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: no pref.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23.6 hanns g 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have not checked my asus gpu or mobo specific benchmarks/compatibility. Been reading forums for a couple weeks great work!

My Idea..newegg sorry they are not hyperlinked.

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
$29.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5-$15.00 Instant-$45.00 Combo
$99.98

ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS600-PCARE3-US 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
-$15.00 Instant-$20.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card14-121-291
$209.98

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664AA80A
-$5 combo $181.98

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-$5.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo $229.98
Total $751.91 731.91 after rebate

Let me know if you have any improvements or worries.
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  1. Best answer
    All very nice except for the PSU. you can't crossfire on that motherboard anyway, so you don't need a bigger PSU, just a better one.

    best choice Corsair 550VX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550VX

    Second choice Seasonic 500W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151034
  2. this combo will allow you cf, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273353 but the cpu is x2 720 and the mobo is ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard all for 201 after discount and mir
  3. Get a SATA burner, not the IDE one. $29
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    and the Coolermaster 690 is sold out.
  4. dirtmountain said:
    Get a SATA burner, not the IDE one. $29
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    and the Coolermaster 690 is sold out.


    Doh! I knew that would be quick. Glad my combo shipped.... case is going to a friend for his birthday.
  5. Thank you for the advice, keep it coming. i will finalize build and post before buying.
  6. This is what what im looking to buy now.

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 28.99

    RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156063 59.99 10mir

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 74.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail 99.99 20mir

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail 72.99

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail combo -27 mir 10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273353

    XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail plus vista premium combo -10 244.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259592.14-150-436

    total 793.92 after mir 743.92
  7. I'd be inclined to go with the new 5770 over the 4870, you lose a very small bit of performance, but lower your power requirements and equip yourself for the new DX11 games that will begin trickling out. It's an extra $15, but something i'd really consider. $260 combo deal with OS.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259592.14-121-350
  8. That Coolermaster 690 deal is back in stock.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    grab it while you can.
  9. dirtmountain said:
    I'd be inclined to go with the new 5770 over the 4870, you lose a very small bit of performance, but lower your power requirements and equip yourself for the new DX11 games that will begin trickling out. It's an extra $15, but something i'd really consider. $260 combo deal with OS.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259592.14-121-350


    I wouldnt worry with the 5770...it can't handle the dx11 effects anyways. Stick with the 4870.
  10. cory1234 said:
    I wouldnt worry with the 5770...it can't handle the dx11 effects anyways. Stick with the 4870.


    That would depend on resolution but it is an interesting point I think. Max settings at 19x12 with DX11 might pretty much stop a 5770, and I would want to see tests at lower resolutions.
  11. cory1234 said:
    I wouldnt worry with the 5770...it can't handle the dx11 effects anyways. Stick with the 4870.


    I disagree from the benchmarks i've seen. The performance is very close to that of the 4870 1GB in 1920x1200, at least it WILL run DX11 which the 4870 won't. It's overall performance will just get better as drivers mature. It's an additional $15

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658
  12. dirtmountain said:
    I disagree from the benchmarks i've seen. The performance is very close to that of the 4870 1GB in 1920x1200, at least it WILL run DX11 which the 4870 won't. It's overall performance will just get better as drivers mature. It's an additional $15

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658


    Ok, did you look at all those benchmarks? The 4870 wins most of them..and the others are pretty much tied.
    Here on a Dx11 game not run in Dx11 mind you..the 4870 wins by 10 fps.
    When new games come out that really take advantage of Dx11 the 5770 will not be the card to get if your trying to max out the settings.

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=7
  13. Agreed, IF you're trying to max out all settings, but with a bit lower settings it would be very playable in DX11 games. The 5850 is $100 more expensive and the 5870 is over $200, neither fit in the definition of a budget gamer.
  14. dirtmountain said:
    Agreed, IF you're trying to max out all settings, but with a bit lower settings it would be very playable in DX11 games. The 5850 is $100 more expensive and the 5870 is over $200, neither fit in the definition of a budget gamer.


    Exactly, with a mid range card your going to want higher fps...and turning on dx11 features is the last thing you would want to do to increase fps although it is hard to say for sure yet how much dx11 features will hurt fps since their are no true dx11 games yet.
  15. I just thought of something. The mobo is ddr3 and the ram is ddr2 will this be compatible?
  16. No it won't be, you must use DDR3 RAM in a DDR3 motherboard. This may come closest in price after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146868

    Sorry we should have caught that earlier.
  17. Owell, minor hiccup. i will have to pay a 10.50 stocking fee plus shipping to return the old ram. One more question. If i upgrade in 2 years and crossfire the 4870, will i get better performance out of a single x16 4870 or the the x8 cf 4870 on my mobo. Will this give me the full power of cf? Thanks
  18. You'll get much better performance from crossfired 8x/8x 4870s on the 790X motherboard.
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