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November 29, 2009 1:53:14 PM

I finally need to upgrade or in this case get a new system put together but im on a college student budget.
My price range is $500-650, the lower the better of course.

Im currently looking at:
Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor ($199)

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard ($170)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($125)

And crossfiring 2 SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 ($115 each)

Im looking to play games like he Witcher, Crysis, Fallout 3 etc. and this setup looks like it would be more then powerful enough to handle it.
This is actually $80 over my price range but it looks like a good investment but at the same time I need to get a new PSU to power this system so if you could post any ideas you have for a good system for less that maybe includes a PSU price to power everything it would be really helpful.

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November 30, 2009 2:41:40 PM
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Hmm for a budget gaming solution best go with a single GPU solution and here is a suggested config with an 80+ 650 watter included - perhaps a HD 5870 down the road?



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November 30, 2009 3:39:05 PM

Yeah but for the prices the dual GPU can outperform even some of the newer top GPUs for like 1/2 or 1/3 of the prices. But that is a really good setup and in my price range, thanks.
November 30, 2009 3:48:55 PM

You are welcomed I would also recommend the CM Hyper 212 HSF later down the road if u feel like a wee bit of clocking aye :p 
November 30, 2009 10:28:12 PM

Just realized 4850s are hard to get a hold of anymore so whats the general opinion on just using 2 XFX Radeon HD 4870 512MB PCIe DDR5 Dual DVI for this setup instead of 2 4850s?
December 1, 2009 1:54:49 AM

I would say stick to single GPU solutions - the thought of buying not one but two previous gen cards when HD 5000 series is out does not seem like a good idea for me hehe
December 1, 2009 1:58:01 AM

Odd I asked this question just 2 months earlier and everyone on the forum said the 4850 was well worth the price tag.
December 1, 2009 2:24:09 AM

At one time one could land a HD 4850 for $95 i remember
December 2, 2009 2:33:19 AM

Yes funny that a 600version of this line is chaeper than the 500 hehe Ya go for it ^^
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