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December 14, 2009 5:52:38 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 12/xx/09

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing web, word

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drives, dvd drive - Will my current PSU be good enough?

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Cheapest as long as reliable/good service | COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/Nvidia - willing to use AMD/Ati if better value

OVERCLOCKING: Never have but would like too. Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (Duel screening) 1=1920x1080; 2=1280x1024; then sometimes also a projector

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Been spending many days trying to decide what to build. I have read review over review and jump back and forth on everything. I still cannot make up my mind and now asking if anyone has any recommendations/changes to what I have put together so far or If anyone has built a gaming system recently on a $700 budget minus the case, psu, monitors, keyboard and mouse that they could post/redirect me to. Main goal of this system is to make it last as long as possible on this budget. If its better to spend a little more than the budget to get a lot more longevity out of this, please let me know. I am just looking for the best value for a gaming rig.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail ($200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($150)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail ($91)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Was told I have to run a 64bit system to support all 4 gigs, is this true?)

VIDEO: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail ($179 w/ crap free game)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b 4 Gaming
December 14, 2009 6:03:37 AM

Hmm $655 AR

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December 14, 2009 12:33:24 PM

^ Word!

Under $1000, it may make sense to go AMD. The batuchka will be a much faster gaming rig. Keyword: GPU. If you can fit the HD 5850 in your budget, do it.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 14, 2009 12:55:51 PM

Agree. Batuchka's build is excellent, but I would switch the RAM for these: G.Skill Eco DDR3 1333mhz CAS Latency 7. They'll perform the same but use less power. And they'll save you a buck.
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December 14, 2009 9:17:05 PM

Looks like a good build. I don't understand why AMD over intel? Seems most builds posted here are all for the i5. Is it a better value? Faster for cheaper? More longevity? Better for OC'ing? runs cooler? What is the reason behind this over the i5?
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December 14, 2009 10:09:02 PM

If you could afford a 5850 and an i5 that would be better. For gaming its better to sacrifice some CPU and get the stronger graphics card.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 15, 2009 12:02:01 AM

Not to mention everything you just said... AMD is a better "value" by being cheaper. The AM3 build should be more future proof. AMD has typically been better at overclocking.

However, it is mostly a price decision. i5 is the best gaming CPU around, but it's expensive, and GPUs matter more.
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December 15, 2009 4:01:01 PM

well another thing I have been told about the i5 being better is that in the future, I can easily upgrade to the i7 since same socket without having to buy a new motherboard. I don't know AMD as well, do the newer AMDs use the same socket?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 15, 2009 4:21:50 PM

Not really. The good i7s are on a different socket. The only thing coming for i5's socket is the i3, which most likely will be a downgrade.

All good AMD CPUs are using the AM3 socket. In addition, this is going to be AMD's only socket for several years. Unlike Intel who has a couple of supported sockets and tends to introduce a new socket for each new group of CPUs, AMD sticks with the socket that's out.
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