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February 17, 2010 8:33:59 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $300-400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, Movies, Photoshop, Internet)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: ( keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Power Supply Antec NEO HE Modular with PCI-E X2, DVD Drive, case )

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, ATI Graphics Card , DDR 3 mem

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 I already have this monitor

Basically I need a motherboard, cpu, memory, harddrive and graphics card. I have a 9600gt that I can still use if I need to. Would like to move up to something better.

Any suggestions for my small budget?

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February 17, 2010 8:46:43 PM

Does your power supply have any PCIE power connectors? How many, how many pins?
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February 17, 2010 8:54:14 PM

Here's a couple combo deals that are slightly over budget, but the MIR's bring it back under budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $251.98 - $10 MIR (AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz + SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB combo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $173.98 - $30 MIR's (Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P + OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3 1333 CAS 7 combo)

Total - $425.96 - $40 MIR's = $385.96
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February 17, 2010 8:57:30 PM

My concern was if there is no PCIE power cable on his PSU, he may need a new power supply to run a 5770.
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February 17, 2010 9:01:17 PM

That's true. If your PSU is a POS then it isn't worth using in the new build unless you want to risk fried components. I've never heard of "Earthmate" power supplies. The chances are very good that it's a POS that would be better used as a door stop.
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February 17, 2010 11:58:00 PM

Yes there is a pci-e cable on the power supply. Actually my PS is an Antec Neo HE. Was on a different comp when I wrote that.
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February 18, 2010 4:35:32 PM

Then shortstuffs reccomendations will be great for you.
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February 18, 2010 5:10:23 PM

Even though that processor has no L3 Cache?
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February 18, 2010 5:43:19 PM

The L3 cache doesn't make a huge difference. Check any of the benchmarks for confirmation. The new Athlon chips offer great performance for the money. Going to a Phenom II would cost considerably more which puts you further over budget with very little performance gain. I think the Athlon chips offer the perfect bang-for-buck considering your budget.
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February 18, 2010 6:46:09 PM

Best answer selected by grogking.
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