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450 dollar gaming build

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February 3, 2010 7:20:07 PM

First I'll start with my current 5 year old tank, that is now outdated because I want to play MW2 and my card doesn't have the right vertex shader.

MSI K8N-Neo V2.0
XFX 6800 GS/XT - 256 MB, 256 bit gddr3, 350 mhz core/1000 mhz mem
OC'd to 435 mhz core/1066 mem
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ @ 2.0 ghz
OC'd to 2.45 ghz
2 GB DDR 400 Wintec AMPO ram
Dual LG CD-DVD/RW(IDE)
100 GB Seagate 7200 rpm 2 MB Cache(IDE)
1050W Chiefmax PSU
Asus Wireless PCI
Diamond 5.1 Sound Card
Rosewill MidTower Case

This thing runs around a 3000 score on 3dMark06 (1700 before oc'ing).
It will play Cod4 at 40+ fps @800x600 (works for me)

Now I will be reusing the case (I dont think the PSU will work with the new card so I have added that into this prospective build.

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Model #:HD-485X-ZDFC
124.99

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:M3A770DE
59.99

BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
$49.99

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail
$74.99

Kingston HyperX 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3/2G - Retail
$61.99

Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Model #:SH-S223C
$23.99

Subtotal: $450.93

The plan is to get her up and running, and if I need to upgrade this MOBO leaves me some room to grow. It will hold 8-16 GB of the ram, has a 16x/4x crossfire possibility, and will hold any AM3 chip (phenom II x4(possiblity 6).

I have also seen this Athlon OC'd up to 3.77 with only an upgraded fan/heatsink. I would wager you could run it 3.4ish with stock cooling. One thing to consider on these is that with 1 core existing but not being used, you have built in heat dissipation. Odds are the unused core transfers heat better than copper.

I would like to see this machine push a 9000 or better 3dMark score. Any thoughts?

-Thanks,
Sean
February 4, 2010 1:14:21 AM
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