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January 1, 2010 12:54:00 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: First week of the new year.

BUDGET RANGE: I would like to stay under $800 if possible.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, general use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any reputable site.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm thinking of going with Intel but I am not averse to being persuaded otherwise if the value is right.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm ultimately looking to build a PC that will handle games like Dragon Age, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, and Call of Duty at max settings with no problem.

I don't really know where to start with this build, especially when it comes to choosing a good GPU. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any comments and advice and have a happy new year.

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January 1, 2010 5:17:00 AM

this is my planned build :

processor -core i5 750 2.66 ghz

motherboard -gigabyte ga p55m ud2

ram -2x 2 gb ddr3

gpu -ati hd 5850 or ati hd 5770 (5850 is costly but is worth the money....its a beast !!!!!........if my opinion goes i would buy a 5850 !!!)

cabinet -cooler master cm 690 or cooler master gladiator 600

smps -corsair tx 650

hdd -segate 1tb or samsung spinpoint f3 1 tb

optical drive -sony dvd writer

this is going to be a powerful built !!

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January 2, 2010 1:12:18 PM

CoDMW2? If not, specify which one.

$800 isn't enough for a high-end i5 build. If you must have i5, you're gonna have to get a mid-end GPU:

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Mininum for highend would be $1000. You talked about max settings at 1080. That's high end. If you don't mind AMD, you can do it with a better gpu:

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Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

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The AMD build with a high-end GPU would be the one I get for a gaming rig. Most games are still gpu-limited. You don't play GTA4 & FSX which are quad-core.
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January 2, 2010 2:11:13 PM

P55ibexpeak -- Those are two great builds, with some excellent advice. Great work!

LookOverThere -- If you live near a Microcenter store you can pickup a i750 processor for $150. Of the two rigs above, the AMD build will outperform the i750 build because of the 5850 graphics card. If you want to stay with the i750 processor, you should consider exceeding your budget by a little bit and getting the 5850 graphics card. P55ibexpeak has given you excellent advice. Good luck!
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January 2, 2010 10:24:57 PM

I appreciate the helpful feedback p55. I will definitely look into AMD build as it more closely aligns to my budget. I guess my only other question would be how much I'm sacrificing by going this route and if it will significantly effect my performance? Thanks again for the help.
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January 3, 2010 1:22:14 PM

I don't think you'll sacrifice anything by going AMD. Your usage doesn't scream quad core. If you can get i5 for $150 at any mc, get it. You can get the $150 i5 + HD 5850 + the rest of Intel build from my list for $820-ish plus shipping & tax. It's over budget. AM3 has a better upgrade path than LGA 1156 cuz AMD has only AM3 on the map for a few years. So you could drop in, say, a Phenom II x4 black, down the road and you'd be quad-core ready. Still, I believe dualies & tri-cores are more than capable of gaming.
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