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November 29, 2009 7:42:39 PM

$159 Q8400
$135 ( $114 AFTER MIR - YET TO ORDER ) GA-EP45-UD3P
$60 ( $40 AFTER MIR - YET TO ORDER ) Antec EarthWatts 650W
$90 ( $70 AFTER MIR - YET TO ORDER ) CORSAIR TWIN2X4096-8500C5
$100 ( $80 AFTER MIR - YET TO ORDER ) PNY XLR8 VCG98GTEE1XEB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

How is this mid range build?

I believe I can do virtualization with this processor?

My desire was to play DOOMIII, HL2 and America's Army 3.0 with this setup - should this not be enough?

It seems like I can also play some of the "latest games" with this too?

If I can't - no worries - this going to my parents anyways after a month or two :-)

Could I have done better in approx the same price with some other components?

For example, should I have chosed an ATI GPU instead?

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November 29, 2009 7:49:33 PM

Best go with a DDR3 platform for a fresh build ^^

Sample build: $488 AR 1680 x 1050 Crysis capable box
Your parts are $463 AR
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November 29, 2009 11:45:41 PM

I have a bias towards Intel nd nVidia :-)

Any suggestions for that?
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November 30, 2009 2:24:21 AM

Go i5/i7 on a DDR3 platform ^^
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November 30, 2009 2:37:45 AM

+1 batuchka, you definitely don't want to start a new build based on that processor or graphics card.
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November 30, 2009 2:38:54 AM

For Intel/Nvidia, you'll need to up your budget to allow for a i5+250 minimum.
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November 30, 2009 3:48:29 AM

jbakerlent, that's right :-)

In that budget, I believe I have got the best "bang for the buck" that could have been possible.

Just checking in with your guys in case you had some suggestions - the CPU + MB + RAM are non negotiable :-D

Whay say?

:-)
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