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$650 gaming build

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December 16, 2009 3:50:00 PM

APROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web browsing, music, videos.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, operating system, speakers, monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type ATI and AMD.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, not too important though.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 by 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Alright, so this is what I have so far.


Processor/Mobo: Phenom II 720 2.8 ghz BE \ GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HardDrive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram/VideoCard: XFX HD 4890 - Corsair XMS3 DHX DDR3 1600 4gb (2 x 2GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Powersupply/Case: Antec neo eco 620W \ Antec three hundred http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD/ROM: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total comes to $652 that's including shipping. My budget is strictly $650 give or take a dollar.

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December 16, 2009 4:07:43 PM

Switch the Seagate for a Samsung Spinpoint F3. It's an all around better drive at the same price. It might not be in stock when you need to order, so I'd look around other suppliers, or go ahead with the Seagate (it's a nice substitute, but just not as good).

That burner is an IDE model. You defiinitely want a SATA one. It'll only a be a couple of bucks more.

I highly recommend getting different RAM. Corsair is a lot more expensive than other. My favorite is G.Skill Eco 1333mhz CAS Latency 7. It's $2 more, but a lot better.

For your resolution, I would get an HD 5770. It's newer, more future proof with DirectX 11 support and almost as powerful. It's also a lot cooler and uses less power, making it much better in Crossfire. You won't be hurt with your resolution, but if you do upgrade your monitor later, you should get a second one.

Total with my changes: $655 (with Seagate, $665 with Samsung F3) without shipping, before rebates. Might be a bit above your limit, but I think the changes are worth it. Don't forget the Bing cashback (I don't know what percentage it's at, but 1% would be back under budget).
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December 16, 2009 4:08:16 PM

Switch the hd to a samsung f3 500gb. It only uses one platter and is faster.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might want to check out the Athlon II x4 630:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The 5770 is a good choice if your are using vista or windows 7. It uses less power too:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=13

The only downside to the 5770 is that the 4890 beats it in pretty much every game..some by as much as 10fps.
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December 16, 2009 4:28:29 PM

Yeah I looked into the X4 630, it seems that the Phenom 720 still beats it because of it's 6MB of L3 cache.

I didn't want to get the 5770 because it's not as good as the HD 4890 and because I get $30 off with the HD4890 if I buy the corsair ram.

Madadmiral, I went for that ram because I can get a combo for $30 off with the HD4890
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December 16, 2009 6:36:02 PM

alright, so I'll get the samsung F3 when it comes in stock. Any other suggestions?
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December 16, 2009 10:32:52 PM

is the power supply I chose good enough to support the video card?
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December 16, 2009 10:49:51 PM

It's definitely powerful enough. I'm not so sure on the quality. The only Antec PSUs I really trust are the Earthwatts.
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