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February 18, 2010 12:09:35 AM

I'm looking for something that's primarily good for gaming, but my budget is pretty strict (400-500).

Here's the list of parts I've chosen. Comments and advice greatly appreciated.

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4670 100295HDMI

Hard Drive: HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard: ECS BLACK SERIES GF8200A (V1.0) AM2+/AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD

Computer Case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

RAM: WINTEC 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Memory

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February 18, 2010 1:37:27 AM

o wow, what is your budget btw? and heres what i would change:

CPU: gaming is more dependent on the gpu rather than cpu, so i would bump that down to a x4 620, or x2 555 callisto...

GPU: with the money you saved above, get a better gpu, like a 5750 or 5770, or maybe 5670, or 4850...

HDD: get either the samsung f3 500 gig, or seagate 7200.12 500 gig, they are both faster,cooler, cheaper, safer...

MOBO: first off, get an actual am3 board, it will save you money in the long run, since it uses ddr3 memory, and are better overall

CASE: its ok, there are some that are wayyyy better that only cost about 10$ more...

RAM: bad company, bad ram...first off, get ddr3, second, try to get 4 gigs

look at this build, it is much better:

final price is 462.94, and it has a good quad core, 4 gigs of ddr3 ram, and a better mobo and vid card and hdd...i am assuming that you dont need a psu as you ddint include one...
February 18, 2010 2:21:01 AM

+1 to ares1214's suggestions. That is a better build in every way. Here's an even better RAM + GPU combo for only $20 more: $253.98 - $30 MIR's (OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3 1333 + SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 1GB combo)

What games are you wanting to play and what resolution does your monitor run at?
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February 18, 2010 1:46:22 PM

The most graphic intensive games I'm planning to play are Crysis and Fallout 3, and my budget is $400-500. Monitor resolution is somewhere around 1280x800. Oh, and I'm still shopping for power supplies, so any advice there would be appreciated as well.
February 18, 2010 2:03:40 PM

A quality 500W PSU would work great for a single GPU system.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $69.99 - $20 MIR

I would also consider this case for about the same price. Antec makes great cases.

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $39.99

You were going to try and play Crysis on a 4670?! Good luck with that. You'll want to squeeze in that 5770 if at all possible.