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December 21, 2009 9:23:56 PM

I just want to check if there are any better deals on components for a cheap gaming computer:

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H487Q1GH Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
$18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 - Retail
$83.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
$11.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Combo Price: $79.94

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Combo Price: $193.99

Total Price: $613.07 after shipping and mail-in rebate

What I'm looking for in a reply is simply compatibility issues and better deals for a good, cheap gaming pc.
December 21, 2009 9:59:47 PM

4870s have gone way up in price; thats not a good deal at this point.

You can get an HIS 5770 for cheaper, which makes it a better value with more longevity.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could even get XFXs 4890 for $170 after MIR if you want a faster card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Caviar blue is a "cool & quiet" drive designed for data storage not performance.

I like your case/PSU and CPU/Mobo combos.
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December 22, 2009 3:11:26 AM

I would agree with dndhatcher about the 4870 being a little on the pricey side...for that much money, I would step to a 4890 for sure....The combo on the processor, mobo, case and psu are all great....
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December 22, 2009 3:14:03 AM

at this point, it would be foolish to get a 4 series video card.

you can get better performance at a lower price with a 5 series card. and its much more futureproof. the 5 series card are already improving in performance with new driver updates. they wll surely push much further ahead of the 4 series cards in the months to come.
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December 22, 2009 3:14:22 AM

it's a little late for advice, i already purchased it XD
I now owe my dad 600 bux
D:
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December 22, 2009 3:15:35 AM

well i took ur advice and changed out the video card before purchasing it, got the HD 5770
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December 22, 2009 3:21:11 AM

very good call.

the 5770 is a good card. its performance will only improve from here.

after christmas ill begin saving for my 5870. i want 5 series NOW! :( 
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