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I am building a budget gaming system this winter, and I wanted some thoughts and opinions from the community. I want to play most modern games, but I wont be doing any video/sound editing or anything like that. My system:

Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

Motherboard: Asus M4A79XTD EVO AM3 790X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

Processor Cooling: Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134&Tpk=freezer%20pro%207

Case: Cooler Master CM 690 Mid-Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

Optical Drive: Samsung Black 22x DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187

Memory: G. Skill Ripjaws Series 4gb DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

Graphic Card: 2x HIS Radeon HD 4850 512mb - CrossfireX Enabled
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161290

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Total Price: $950 US
Thoughts? Opinions? Comments? Suggestions? Please post!
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    Looking pretty good.

    The RC-690 and WD Caviar Black 640gb come in a NewEgg Combo deal for $45 off.

    Combo deal saves $30 on the Phenom II x4 955 & M4A79XTD EVO AM3 790X

    With the combo savings I'd move up from the 2x 4850 to a single 5850 for now.
    I like the future upgrade options better going that route.
  2. nice build,if you swap the board to the gigabyte 790x, thats pretty close to my set up. uses ddr2 instead but runs every game i have great. running 64 bit vista premium. the 2 oz. copper gigabyte boards are the most stable voltage wise i've ever owned. there is absolutely no vdrop. if you set the bios to 1.45, thats exactly what you get on boot up. have had vdrop issues with asus in the past. makes overclocking a bit easier when you always know what your voltages are gonna be. even under load they vary by .02 volts. amazingly stable.
  3. You should list the combos as combos so no one get's confused ;)

    At $260 you could buy a 5850, which would be very close in performance to CF 4850s.

    I crunched the numbers with the combo board and combo case, and it came to over 950, so I think he is using all the combos.
  4. Combo deal on your RAM and Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit Saves $5 and has the Win7 upgrade coupon. Saves having to wait on the OS if you order the hardware this weekend.
  5. llarson2012 said:
    I am building a budget gaming system this winter, and I wanted some thoughts and opinions from the community.
    You'll probably want to check back later if you're not ordering for a couple months.
  6. Proximon said:
    You should list the combos as combos so no one get's confused ;)

    At $260 you could buy a 5850, which would be very close in performance to CF 4850s.

    I crunched the numbers with the combo board and combo case, and it came to over 950, so I think he is using all the combos.



    hahahh yeah i did...sorry about that
  7. WR2 said:
    You'll probably want to check back later if you're not ordering for a couple months.


    Yeah, deals and prices change rapidly, so what is a great deal now, may not be next week from now. It's just how it works. Though I must idmit it is a great way to kill time continuously building new systems on newegg just to see how cheap you can get something.
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