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600 dollar build for light gaming

Hey guys, I am building a computer for my friend who wants to play modern warfare 2 and starcraft 2ect.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: before christmas

BUDGET RANGE: $600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD and DX 11 probably (if it wont work with this small budget its very understandable)

OVERCLOCKING: no

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 X 900 (720p'ish)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Uh...basically he isnt a computer guru so he doesnt need the biggest baddest PC out there, and he would like windows 7


Thanks guys!
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  1. Oh and maybe if you could recommend a good cheap keyboard and mouse
  2. Wait for Black Friday deals and your friend will be very happy...
    A Radeon 5xxx gaming rig without OC requirements will not be a problem.
  3. Newf said:
    Wait for Black Friday deals and your friend will be very happy...
    A Radeon 5xxx gaming rig without OC requirements will not be a problem.


    +1..a 5770 will do him fine, although it's an overkill for 1440x900, get 4870/4850/4890 depending on how the budget goes..all these cards are overkill for 1440x900
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    Latest generation chips use the least power, thus the least cooling needs for a given level of performance. Go for a 5xxx (5770 is fine) level card.
    I personally use a Targus USB corporate standard keyboard (about $20)
    Unless you need either an elaborate gaming keyboard OR a typist's dream clicking-switch board this will be fine. HP, Dell, M$oft and others also make good quality mainstream keyboards for reasonable prices.
    For a mouse I always recommend a logitech laser. My wife and I both use G5s.
  5. Ok thanks guys.
  6. neonmonkey said:
    Ok thanks guys.


    no problem
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