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February 5, 2010 9:29:27 PM

I have a few parts that I bought from a friend on the cheap. I am looking for advice about the parts I've selected below to complete the build. I've replaced many parts in pc, but never done a total build. My budget is next to nothing. Essentially, I'm hoping to get advice on component capatibility and whether this system will run most modern games: MW2, LFD2, Crysis. I would welcome any comments and suggestions. Thanks in advance. Hope i did my links right ;) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: $300 After Rebates for remaining parts needed

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, CPU, CPU cooler, MoBo, RAM, case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.com, newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: see what I have below

OVERCLOCKING: NO

CROSSFIRE: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION: will be upgrading at some point

OK, these are the parts I have so far:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

Msi P35 Neo 2 Motherboard

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Parts I'm considering buying:
Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty

EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support

LG GH22NP20 DVDRW Drive - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, IDE (OEM)


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February 5, 2010 9:49:49 PM
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Your going to want a better video card for the games you described. The 9500 GT is weak card, your going to want something more powerful for the games you listed. I realize your on a tight budget and there's not much you can do to shave some money off of the other parts, but I think it would be worth it save up a bit more and get at least a 9800GT or 4850.

Use this a guide for which video cards you want to look into:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
February 5, 2010 9:53:31 PM

well the 9500gt can play l4d and mw2 my friend has that card. not sure about crysis.
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February 5, 2010 10:15:38 PM

Consider getting either a Seagate 7200.12 500 GB drive for the same price as the WD or this Samsung Spinpoint F3 for $50. They use 500 GB platters, which means that they're faster than the Western Digital drive you are looking at.
February 5, 2010 10:55:54 PM

thx for your replies...sounds about right...better gpu and hd.
February 12, 2010 11:35:41 PM

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