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$1000 AMD Budget Gaming (ABOUT TO PULL TRIGGER)

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January 9, 2010 11:11:20 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Right now (1/9/2010)

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

How does this build look? I'm fairly certain all the components are compatible. Going to be running most new applications and am seeking top-tier 1680x1050 performance for the future. On a budget, of course. Also looking to overclock.

I ran into some problems keeping it under $1000 WITH monitor and OS, but a little spillover isn't a huge deal. I hope the CPU/GPU aren't overkill for most games, but I expect in the future they won't be.

Any help or just a "DO IT!!" would be greatly appreciated.




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January 10, 2010 1:04:12 AM

Solid build... :D 

I would just switch out your hard drive for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB, which is faster and cost less. If you want WD, go with the 640GB, since it is the fastest black outside of the new 2TB.
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January 10, 2010 1:40:57 AM

change the dvd drive to SATA, no need for IDE in a computer anymore
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January 10, 2010 2:19:21 AM

some advice i received from gkay09 on my build regarding your vid card:

"And as for the graphic card, dont get that full covered CPU cooler...get the newer open type one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Reason -
http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=664"


THANKS!
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January 10, 2010 5:55:55 AM

Build looks pretty solid.

I've only got one suggestion to add in addition to those already listed.

You're motherboard is fine but won't support cross-firing, so you might want to think about upgrading to a board that will. However, if you're sure you won't be cross-firing don't bother.

Anyway something like this might do, if you want the option of cross-firing and can squeeze it out of your budget:

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
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