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February 7, 2010 8:05:49 PM

I was selecting my parts for a build, i was pretty much done. But then someone told me to try an AMD build instead, because its cheaper and it might allow me to get a better graphics card than i was choosing (that was the 5770) they suggested a 5850.

So if anyone has any AMD gaming build suggestions for around 900$ that would be great.

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February 7, 2010 8:27:17 PM

I got one. It will run most games on high of not the highest settings:

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - Retail

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

ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail

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

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

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

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3250318AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

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



Total Minus Shipping: $892.93

Like I said, this will run most modern applications and games with relative ease, and fits your budget, so you should be fine.
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February 7, 2010 8:29:14 PM

Hi, look this thread and follow the advices that i say. Is a solid rig.
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February 7, 2010 8:33:15 PM

lol i hate to do this, but look at that link, look at my build 3rd post, and i cant fathom much better than that for that price...
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February 7, 2010 9:08:53 PM
February 7, 2010 9:30:56 PM

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM : $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail : $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail : $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM : $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail : $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail : $75
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive : $55
combo deal - $20, mail in $20 Total:$85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail :$160 (c3 stepping)
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail : $140 (usb 3.0, sata 6gbs)
XFX HD-577A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail : $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $920.20 after mail in $895.20

No real saving with the CPU/MOBO/GPU combo except that it has double lifetimre warrenty and you dont have to deal with mail in rebates beyond that it is normal price since GPU is a little pricier than usual, but it works out to being normal price after combo. You can save a few bucks by looking at either its the CPU or MOBO and looking at combo deals with that and getting a case with that to save some money and than choosing a different brand video card and get the same exact performance and probably save $20 doing that if you want. But I personally like the looks of the Antec 300 so I went this route.
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February 7, 2010 11:15:13 PM
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February 8, 2010 12:04:34 AM

nah, that ram is bad, and the case is a bit lame, and it costs more than mine, although i think i left out the os, but it makes no point to squezze in all that but skimp on the other parts (psu, case, ram, no hsf...) lol :lol:  i hate to be such a cocky jerk but my build beats both of these...
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February 8, 2010 12:08:54 AM

ares1214 said:
nah, that ram is bad, and the case is a bit lame, and it costs more than mine, although i think i left out the os, but it makes no point to squezze in all that but skimp on the other parts (psu, case, ram, no hsf...) lol :lol:  i hate to be such a cocky jerk but my build beats both of these...


The RAM is bad? The case is lame? How about being a bit more constructive and EXPLAIN why instead of rambling like a 12 year old. There's nothing wrong with the RAM. The case isn't that bad. The case is subjective to taste. I don't have anything against the case I picked. If the OP wants a different case HE CAN PICK A DIFFERENT ONE. Oh, and btw, if you knew how to do math, you would see they cost less. Also, the CPU comes with as HSF genius.
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February 8, 2010 12:38:08 AM

wow the cpu comes with an hsf, hmm i guess you learn something everyday :pfff:  yea well what if the OP wants to oc a little, or doesnt want an obnoxiously loud or under-performing cooler, or wants his HSF to keep his cpu under 50C under load, then he might want the 212, and if he doesnt, well then theres 30$ off my build...and yeah the ram is bad, or not necessarily bad but not nearly as good...ocz beats a-data anyday, 7-7-7-20 beats 8-8-8-24 anyday, and 1.65 volts is the highest i would want it at, and the a-data can go up to 1.85 volts, vs the nice solid number of just 1.65 with the ocz. and the ram i choose costs less after mir. the case you choose isnt good, its not terrible, but i have a slight feeling the OP might want more than 1 fan, and a lil more gaming and high air flow features, although im not sure as the OP didnt really make its use clear. i dont quite see what your talking about with the math, 847<906, but you might be talking about something else...im really not trying to be hostile, but you really cant just explode on me like that...
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February 8, 2010 1:15:40 AM

Forgot to say, I do not need an OS or a disc drive.

So whats the best AMD CPU for gaming?
some things i usually do are.. Myspace/youtube/downloading files/gaming/Connect my PC to my 32 in LCD television to watch movies, and it doesnt look to great, cuz this pc has an onboard GPU and i use the VGA cable to connect my PC to my TV.


I'm not sure if i should go with a 5850 GPU or stick with something less powerful but will still fulfill my needs of playing many games at really high settings, maybe max on certain games, and Im not really sure which games, so i could just say, Crysis, GTA4, Need for speed, Diablo 3 (when it comes out) Guild wars 2 (when it comes out)
Unreal tournament 3, Borderlands, quake, Halo 2, Call of duty modern warfare 2.

Maybe that was a bit much, but i thought I'd include more than a few.
I think I'l be good with a 500GB HDD... i was lookin at the samsung spinpoint 500GB, it had good reviews and was in some combos i think.
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February 8, 2010 1:19:37 AM

ares1214 said:
wow the cpu comes with an hsf, hmm i guess you learn something everyday :pfff:  yea well what if the OP wants to oc a little, or doesnt want an obnoxiously loud or under-performing cooler, or wants his HSF to keep his cpu under 50C under load, then he might want the 212, and if he doesnt, well then theres 30$ off my build...and yeah the ram is bad, or not necessarily bad but not nearly as good...ocz beats a-data anyday, 7-7-7-20 beats 8-8-8-24 anyday, and 1.65 volts is the highest i would want it at, and the a-data can go up to 1.85 volts, vs the nice solid number of just 1.65 with the ocz. and the ram i choose costs less after mir. the case you choose isnt good, its not terrible, but i have a slight feeling the OP might want more than 1 fan, and a lil more gaming and high air flow features, although im not sure as the OP didnt really make its use clear. i dont quite see what your talking about with the math, 847<906, but you might be talking about something else...im really not trying to be hostile, but you really cant just explode on me like that...


You need to pull your head out of your butt. I go by what the OP SPECIFIES. He said nothing about overclocking and if the OP doesn't specify that they're going to overclock, I'm not going to assume they are. For someone who isn't overclocking, a stock HSF does supply sufficient cooling. You also bring up noise and keeping the temp under 50C. Again, those are things that are dependent on the builder's taste and preference, therefore I'm not going to make assumptions about whether or not the OP wants a super quiet cooler or cooler than average temperatures. RAM latency and voltage is a debatable topic, but higher voltage and timings alone are not enough to claim RAM is bad. I don't know where you got that. Oh ya, and add an operating system to that build and tell me it's less.

Look dude, I go by what the OP posts. The OP posts such and such and I try to come up with such and such build. Jesus Christ the posts on here take me back to high school.
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February 8, 2010 1:34:17 AM

why, cuz your acting like a high schooler? the OP said he doesnt need an os, the ram isnt as good, and i wouldnt want ram above 1.65 volts in anything, along a-data know for its quality :lol:  my build is cheaper than yours, and better, you cant argue...and what would you rather have, stock or 212, hmmmm tough
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February 8, 2010 1:38:35 AM

Your both right, i didnt specify i wanted to OC, and i also didnt say i WASNT going to OC.
I did hear that lower voltage of ram is better.
anyways,

Lets not argue here :) 


So with what i last posted, is there anything you guys could now suggest? now that i gave that last bit of info.
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February 8, 2010 1:40:07 AM

@LAG269, for games like that, and since i fit it in the budget, you should def go for the 5850. the difference between the 5850 and 5770 are really noticable. sorry about the argument, some people dont understand 847<906, and that my case, ram, psu, and hsf are all better.
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February 8, 2010 1:43:09 AM

Alright, sir. You're a big help :)  thanks.

Also, i would like to show you my i5 build.
So you could compare it to the AMD build you suggested, and tell me which one you think i would be better off with, if you don't mind that is?
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February 8, 2010 1:45:12 AM

ares1214 said:
why, cuz your acting like a high schooler? the OP said he doesnt need an os, the ram isnt as good, and i wouldnt want ram above 1.65 volts in anything, along a-data know for its quality :lol:  my build is cheaper than yours, and better, you cant argue...and what would you rather have, stock or 212, hmmmm tough


It takes me back to high school because people like you come on here and make posts about what's "cool" and what's "lame". Ergo, YOU are the high schooler. You also haven't really proven that the RAM I picked is bad. Who cares that it can take more than 1.65V? Hell, my RAM can take up to 1.95V. Do I run it at that? No. Also, the first post of this thread didn't specify whether or not an OS was needed, so I'm going to assume that it is an entire build, thus an OS would be needed, Sherlock.

Also, you keep going on about the CPU cooler. Uuuuuuuuuh, if someone wants better than average of such and such, they better specify they want better than average of such and such. I'm not required to assume they do.
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February 8, 2010 1:53:38 AM

@LAG269, sure go ahead, i might be able to improve on it :D  heres what ive come up with:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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...

final price is 905.93$. it doesnt have a cpu cooler, but you can add the 212 if you like, wouldnt wont to get yelled at for making the system better now would we :lol: 
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February 8, 2010 1:56:51 AM

@Terry1212, the only time i say cool is when im talking about temps, and the case was pretty lame, one fan, talk about the next model in the HAF line. the ram you picked is pretty bad, but i was proving mine was better, and cheaper, which it is. are you gonna start yelling at the OP for not being specific enough now???? wow you really cant have a civilized argument, the second you start losing, you start calling people high schoolers, very mature :pfff: 
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February 8, 2010 2:00:19 AM

LAG269 said:
Forgot to say, I do not need an OS or a disc drive.

So whats the best AMD CPU for gaming?
some things i usually do are.. Myspace/youtube/downloading files/gaming/Connect my PC to my 32 in LCD television to watch movies, and it doesnt look to great, cuz this pc has an onboard GPU and i use the VGA cable to connect my PC to my TV.


I'm not sure if i should go with a 5850 GPU or stick with something less powerful but will still fulfill my needs of playing many games at really high settings, maybe max on certain games, and Im not really sure which games, so i could just say, Crysis, GTA4, Need for speed, Diablo 3 (when it comes out) Guild wars 2 (when it comes out)
Unreal tournament 3, Borderlands, quake, Halo 2, Call of duty modern warfare 2.

Maybe that was a bit much, but i thought I'd include more than a few.
I think I'l be good with a 500GB HDD... i was lookin at the samsung spinpoint 500GB, it had good reviews and was in some combos i think.


Since you don't need the optical drive nor OS, I changed my build a little bit.

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-332-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $49.99
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP and SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $124.98 - $30.00 MIR = $94.98
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X $229.98
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996652B - Retail $114.99
HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail $289.99

Total comes to $809.93 before shipping and MIR.
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February 8, 2010 2:05:23 AM

ares1214 said:
@Terry1212, the only time i say cool is when im talking about temps, and the case was pretty lame, one fan, talk about the next model in the HAF line. the ram you picked is pretty bad, but i was proving mine was better, and cheaper, which it is. are you gonna start yelling at the OP for not being specific enough now???? wow you really cant have a civilized argument, the second you start losing, you start calling people high schoolers, very mature :pfff: 


Oh, so now you're the mature one? The one who says the RAM someone picked was bad and a case was lame and all of a sudden you're the mature one. You just keep saying that RAM is bad, that RAM is bad, but you have yet to go into why it's bad. You're just rambling. THAT is what takes me back to high school on this forum.
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February 8, 2010 2:08:59 AM

ares1214 said:
@LAG269, sure go ahead, i might be able to improve on it :D  heres what ive come up with:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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...

final price is 905.93$. it doesnt have a cpu cooler, but you can add the 212 if you like, wouldnt wont to get yelled at for making the system better now would we :lol: 










By the way, thats my old friends photobucket, not mine... lol
I forgot mine, and i remembered his password, so i thought id just use it without telling him.


by the way, not sure how to make a link, so i hope one of theese works!


http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd31/burningbass3/Ne...



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February 8, 2010 2:14:20 AM

heres my new am3 build based on the new info:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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...

final price is 815.92, and terry, you cant do math...that is not what your build costs, it actually costs less unless ur forgeting something, haha maybe thats why ur builds have cost more and have been worse, your adding wrong! i dont mean this as an insult, but seriously, check ur adding.

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February 8, 2010 2:22:16 AM

I noticed the ram says 1333, whats the difference between that and 1600?

And how much is this build in total?

because if its like 800 instead of 900 like my Intel i5 build is, and it performs the same, if not BETTER, i could throw in another 100$ to make it 900$ total, and get another 4GB of ram for a total of 8GB and max out that motherboard. :) 
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February 8, 2010 2:22:52 AM

wow, didnt even notice you mentioned the price. sorry.
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February 8, 2010 2:28:07 AM

I changed it to the correct price. It's at $809.93. If he wants to go a better case and CPU cooler, then ok. Whatever. There's room for that. These builds are meant to be guides, not some set in stone YOU MUST BUY THIS type of thing. Christ almighty.
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February 8, 2010 2:33:52 AM

ugggg good job not helping the OP at all terry1212, and @ LAG269, 1600 MHz is better for ocing, but the performance diff between it and 1333 MHz is negligable. the i5 build will be better, but the problem is future proofness. am3 sockets will go on to support 6-core cpus, and beyond, where as 1156 will not for a while, or ever. since am3 is more future proof, but 1156 has better performance (not toooo much, but some) it is up to you...also oc'ing will make the difference even less noticable.
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February 8, 2010 2:42:11 AM

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ugggg good job not helping the OP at all terry1212, and @ LAG269, 1600 MHz is better for ocing, but the performance diff between it and 1333 MHz is negligable. the i5 build will be better, but the problem is future proofness. am3 sockets will go on to support 6-core cpus, and beyond, where as 1156 will not for a while, or ever. since am3 is more future proof, but 1156 has better performance (not toooo much, but some) it is up to you...also oc'ing will make the difference even less noticable.


Not helping the OP at all. Yet another non-elaborate post. :ange:  You're just full of statements aren't you?
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February 8, 2010 2:45:04 AM

So in your opinion, which would YOU go with?

I've never overclocked before, I've only had stock.

And you say future proof, what do you mean by that?

Like down the road, what might i add to my PC that i would need the "future proof" AMD for?
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February 8, 2010 2:49:35 AM

@Teryy1212 youve spent most of your time aimlessly insulting me, being defensive, and not learning from your mistakes, you suggested the first build which wasnt too great, and the second, which is decent, still didnt do much for the secondary parts...you have posted on this thread 9 times, only 2 of which were remotely helpful to the OP, who has been very patient, i on the other hand, im 6 for 10, and the 4 were just defending your insults, of which i dont think u have a clue about what ur talking about. 7/9 of your argument consisted of you:

1. Insulting me
2. being immature
3. saying the OP wasnt specific enough
4. mis-info
5. saying to get less quality, lower performing, more expensive parts
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February 8, 2010 2:53:40 AM

@LAG269, future proofness means, in 5 years, your comp will be getting slow again, not be able to run some games as high as you want...with am3, you can put a 6-core+ cpu in there, and not need an entirely new build. with 1156, you will likely need an entirely new build, costing more money. mild oc'ing is super easy, up voltage, up multiplier, repeat until maxed out, or at around 3.4ish for i5, 3.7ish for am3, that is easily attainable. if you need more specific help, then ask here, but its quite easy, even going more in depth...
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February 8, 2010 2:56:39 AM

ares1214 said:
@Teryy1212 youve spent most of your time aimlessly insulting me, being defensive, and not learning from your mistakes, you suggested the first build which wasnt too great, and the second, which is decent, still didnt do much for the secondary parts...you have posted on this thread 9 times, only 2 of which were remotely helpful to the OP, who has been very patient, i on the other hand, im 6 for 10, and the 4 were just defending your insults, of which i dont think u have a clue about what ur talking about. 7/9 of your argument consisted of you:

1. Insulting me
2. being immature
3. saying the OP wasnt specific enough
4. mis-info
5. saying to get less quality, lower performing, more expensive parts


Where did this thread go wrong? It went wrong when you said the RAM I picked was bad and the case I picked was lame. Don't try to come off as the mature one when you're the one who started this whole mess. In each of those posts, you just made statements, you never provided an explanation as to why this is bad, or why this is lame, etc. You just make statements without providing a constructive backing. Just because your build works, doesn't mean mine doesn't. We're talking about building a computer. There isn't anything set in stone. The OP can look at people's posts and make the necessary changes to fit his/her liking.
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February 8, 2010 3:01:24 AM

Yeah like.. the "debate" that keeps going, i don't really mind lol..


As for 5 years from now, i will be out of college and i will have my own job, im sure i will want to just build a new PC by then probably. I find it interesting and fun lol.


Well, for now..
If i buy that AMD build you showed me, and i add another 4GB of ram, to a total of 8GB of ram, and i have the 5850 GPU, would that be better than my i5 build?
because that would make them both the same price. So now its just choosing between those (according to performance) gaming and basic performance, that is.
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February 8, 2010 3:05:12 AM

i wouldnt add 4 gigs, doesnt add to performance much at all...@terry, i was giving constructive argument, you took offense, i backed my statements up, you started calling names, thats how it was, your free to look.
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February 8, 2010 3:05:53 AM

ares1214 said:
i wouldnt add 4 gigs, doesnt add to performance much at all...@terry, i was giving constructive argument, you took offense, i backed my statements up, you started calling names, thats how it was, your free to look.


You're free to look too.
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February 8, 2010 3:09:05 AM

Alright, so both with 4GB of ram.

The i5 build VS. The AMD build.

Which one is better in performance? Overall.
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February 8, 2010 3:16:23 AM

ares1214 said:
i wouldnt add 4 gigs, doesnt add to performance much at all...@terry, i was giving constructive argument, you took offense, i backed my statements up, you started calling names, thats how it was, your free to look.





Alright, so both with 4GB of ram.

The i5 build VS. The AMD build.

Which one is better in performance? Overall.
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February 8, 2010 4:57:00 AM

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