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Building a Gaming Rig for ~$900

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January 15, 2010 9:49:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 months

BUDGET RANGE: around 900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Recording Gameplay, Video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, tigerdirect, amazon. Would prefer the latter two since there is no tax, but if its comparable, newegg is fine.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, nVidia(open to others for GPU)



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I realize 2 months is a ways away but I'd like to get an idea of what I'm gonna be doing

Ok so I'm in the process of saving for a new machine for 2010 and beyond. I'm lookin to spend around 900 on this project with the goal to play any game I choose on high settings with the catch of being able to record gameplay without it slowing down said gameplay.
a b 4 Gaming
January 15, 2010 11:25:14 AM

Come back a few weeks before you buy for a final check. By then, nVidia's Fermi may be available, which might change recommendations. In addition, there's a lot of new tech on its way in too...

I'm using all prices, so it's in USD.

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W $60 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $100 (combo with PSU right now for $130 total, usually ~$80)
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $21
GPU: HD 5770 $155

Total: $891.
January 15, 2010 11:35:16 AM

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January 15, 2010 6:39:58 PM

Thanks for the suggestions MadAdmiral, that was actually the cpu i had been looking at. I have one question though about the amount of ram. 4GBs sounds kind of low. I'm currently running xp but I plan on buying windos 7 64bit.
January 15, 2010 6:45:30 PM

4 GB is generally enough for all but the most intensive tasks, it doesn't hurt to get more, but I have never had a problem with "just" 4.
a b 4 Gaming
January 15, 2010 6:51:07 PM

Like jonsy said, 4 GB is enough, unless you use copious amounts of Adobe products or are doing something special with the comupter. Gaming doesn't require much RAM.
January 15, 2010 7:03:59 PM

My main concern is recording video while gaming. The only reason I ask is becasue I've had terrible experience doing so in the past and I want to be sure there wont be any hiccups.
a b 4 Gaming
January 15, 2010 7:08:09 PM

I have no idea. Chances are that it could have been something else about your last computer creating the slowdown(CPU, GPU, OS).

If you want a fool proof solution, buy a cheap digital video recorder and mount it over your shoulder...
January 16, 2010 11:47:23 AM

FRAPS runs fine with 4GB of RAM. FRAPS is mostly dependent on your GPU. As long as you are getting around 25-30 FPS you should be able to record well. At least, I have no problems at those settings.