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Is this a good rig setup? ~$500 or less.(gaming rig)

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January 10, 2010 8:51:24 AM

Ok so my old desktop just died out on me, was an Alienware Bot(bought it after Dell bought out Alienware). So I decided to start building a new rig and I wanted to stay ~$500 with it. I already have a monitor, keyboard, speakers, HDD, Disk Drive, and mouse.

Kinda just want to know how this rig looks for the price and if there is anything I should change.

Case:
XClio WindTunnel ($89)
MotherBoard:
ASRock M3A785GMH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX($79)
CPU:
Can't decide but its between:
AMD Phenom II X3 720($109)
AMD Phenom II X2 550($99)
Power Supply:
Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 ($69)
Memory:
G.Skill 4GB(2x2) ($85)
Video:
maybe?
BFG Tech BFGE88512GTSE GeForce 8800GTS($89)

Total: $520(X3) and $510(X2)

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January 10, 2010 9:27:16 AM

Hello,

for the case i would recommend this one, cheap and still looks good

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

for the money you would save from case you could get this GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99$

everything els that you chose looks good and get X3 CPU...
or you can get this bundle: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
159$

that comes to 461$ if we'r using your ramm and PSU, so you save 40$ and you can look for better gpu ;) 

BTW in your original post ramm is not compatible with MB ddr2 ramm and mobo ddr3....
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January 10, 2010 9:33:45 AM

Yeah, its a good rig.

Get the 720, its only $10 more and the dual core CPU's will die out soon.

Everything else seems fine, good luck :D 
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January 10, 2010 10:14:09 AM

linaaslt said:
Hello,

for the case i would recommend this one, cheap and still looks good

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

for the money you would save from case you could get this GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99$

everything els that you chose looks good and get X3 CPU...
or you can get this bundle: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
159$

that comes to 461$ if we'r using your ramm and PSU, so you save 40$ and you can look for better gpu ;) 

BTW in your original post ramm is not compatible with MB ddr2 ramm and mobo ddr3....



ok well the case i already bought cause i wanted that case but i was putting it here to add in that its in the $500 i wanted to stay near

as for that combo deal i think i might just change to that and save money on that and use that money to up my card like you said, i was looking at sapphire cards as well. thanks for pointing out that combo for me. :) 

oh and the asus mobo is DDR2 1200(O.C.)/1066/800/667

so that should work with that memory right? thanks for pointing that out aswell lol would sorta suck to not be able to use them.

oh and i was reading reviews on the sapphire and a good amount of people are saying it died after about 3 months, my last card was a radeon x550 and it came dead and then i sent it back and got a new one and it died after a few months as well. Is this common for ATI? and should i worry about this card dying on me?
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January 11, 2010 4:06:11 PM

In my opinion nvidia have always been more trustworthy. They're calmer on bringing out stuff and don't rush ahead to directx11. In march the GF100 series will come out and casually take over the 5000 series.
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January 22, 2010 1:16:30 PM

Best answer selected by hieko.
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