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December 12, 2009 2:43:37 PM

Hey all, I joined the site because it looks like the best one out there for solid information on computer parts :) 
I'm making this post because I'm in the process of buying some upgrade parts for my current desktop.

I'm looking to squeeze the motherboard, cpu, gpu, and ram all in a budget of $560. I've been researching my options for days, and my current configuration is as follows:


CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215


MB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412


GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130440


RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193

I'm trying to make this the best possible gaming desktop for the given budget. I want to be able to (almost? hopefully?) max out my current monitor's resolution (1680x1050) with almost all high settings. I would also like to be able to do decent on higher resolutions when I get a better monitor down the road.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post, and hopefully you guys have some suggestions/critique about my current config.

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December 16, 2009 9:33:32 PM

ahh mate thats $570 its good rig, should give you great fps with around high settings maybe a couple of the settings at medium, i have a friend who has this rig but 2 gcards and a dif motherboard but does same thing, he uses sli, all max settings great fps on cod6 etc. Preety good don't have anythign else for you man. That is good but how long will you be using it??? and maybe think of going sli.
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December 16, 2009 9:51:03 PM

You have the best gaming CPU chosen, but the graphics card is far too weak. A 9800 will not max out settings at 1680x1050. For that resolution an HD 5770 (around $170) is about right (its at least 1.5 times as fast as the 9800 you chose).

You would get better gaming performance at the same price from a weaker/cheaper CPU/motherboard and a stronger graphics card. If your budget is fixed then an AMD Phenom II x3 720 with a Gigabyte MA-770T-UD3P motherboard would free up money to get a better graphics card.

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December 17, 2009 2:24:59 PM

If you're not reusing any parts other than the listed one, here's my cart within your budget:

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SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151192
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Protect Your Investment (expand for options27-151-192|hide options27-151-192)

Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info27-151-192.0.18)

* 1 year: $6.99
* 2 year: $11.99



$26.99

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant


$59.99
$49.99

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GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128392
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Protect Your Investment (expand for options13-128-392|hide options13-128-392)

Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info13-128-392.0.18)

* 1 year: $9.99
* 2 year: $16.99

-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-128-392

$84.99
$79.99

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XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150438
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate14-150-438

$199.99
$189.99

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Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply

Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$20.14 Instant


$69.99
$49.85

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OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227346
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

-$15.00 Instant


$89.99
$74.99

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AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103688
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy



$58.00

Subtotal: $529.80
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The HD 4890 was the best gaming card. You can swap it out for HD 4870 and up the cpu to maybe a tri core. Then pick out a cheap-s case.
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