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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Dec 15 BUDGET RANGE:350-450 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Browsing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, win 7 pro 64, Radeon 4650
Loaning him the power supply below
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Asus or Gigabyte mobo but open to suggestions
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, moderately SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Low until he can afford new graphic card
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying to help my friend get a pc up quickly. Would like to have room for upgrades as he can afford them. Plays warcraft and wants to play modern warfare 2
I do have an old 4650 kicking around. Is AMD the way to go in his price range or are there any other options to really consider? I know he'd like to play Modern Warfare 2 and I imagine the game takes a good graphic card but I'm not clear what sort of cpu he'll need. Once again thanks for the help.
On that budget, AMD is the only way to go. The only viable option from Intel for a new computer is the i5 for $200.
In addition, an AMD platform is going to be more future proof. AMD has stated that they plan on continuing to use the AM3 socket for a few years from now. Intel's choices in your price range are basically the walking dead. Shoot, no one evens knows if Intel will keep their higher end sockets alive right now...
vznoobie's build is really good, and easy to upgrade later.
If you're planning on playing new games, you're going to have to get a new GPU soon. So some food for thought, and things to keep watching...
ATI just released their new 5xxx series in the last month or so that support DirectX 11. The range on these is $140 for the 5750 (which isn't a powerful gaming card), $170 for the 5770 (which is generally the budget gaming card) and $300 for the 5850 (the reasonable gaming card). These are just the "affordable" options.
nVidia is also supposed to release new DirectX 11 cards in the next couple of months, but no one knows when or pricing.
I would suggest the Quadcore Athlon, as it's a really nice CPU for only 100 bucks, and the wave of the future in gaming is going to be quad core multithreading. The L3 cache that the Athlon lacks is only a problem in some games, and not a huge one at that.
As for graphics, if your friend isn't playing on a huge expensive monitor, the 5750 is a solid choice that can play most games with high settings and good fps. If he has a really nice 30 inch monitor or somethings like that, he will need a 5850 or better to play on high settings.