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February 21, 2010 7:58:10 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Whenever - No rush
BUDGET RANGE: $700-800 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the Web, Watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, TigerDirect, anywhere that is legitimate and cheap

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU if it will get me more bang for the buck.
ATI GPU if it will get me more bang for the buck.
Legit brands only please.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe if i need it. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire down the line if I need it, but not right now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900 (I might get a better monitor down the line)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't care what the case looks like, as long as its a good case for the buck. I plan on playing games like....battlefield bad company 2, starcraft 2, diablo 3, etc.

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So far I was thinking:
ATI HD5770
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail


Edit: Also, I'd like to note that I probably want to go with DDR3 ram if it's a good idea for gaming and longevity of my system.


Thanks everyone for your help!

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February 21, 2010 8:17:39 PM

Well I was just in the same boat as you. Unfortunately I got a good deal with a 5850 + PSU. They don't have that deal anymore it just went out of stock.

However you can still get every thing I got with a slightly worst case :p 

If the below picture doesn't work. http://i45.tinypic.com/29nxl4p.jpg

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February 21, 2010 8:24:48 PM

How much is that build blackjellognomes? The 5850 crushes the 5770 by about 15-20
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February 21, 2010 8:28:19 PM

Cool whitefang, thanks for the fast response.
I noticed you put windows 7 64-bit on there but I already have it from MSDNAA
Also, the CPU is not a 955, but you did throw in a 5850.

Thanks blackjellognomes, do you think the AMD955 + 5770 is a good idea? Or is whitefangs, 945 + 5850 fit the bill better for gaming?
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February 21, 2010 8:30:09 PM

The 945 + 5850 would crush the 955 + 5770 no doubt.

I don't see windows 7? lol
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February 21, 2010 8:31:47 PM

Oh you meant his post. I don't even see it any more. Is it just me or did he delete it?
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February 21, 2010 8:31:54 PM

woahhh I was looking at another tinypic from you from another thread lol. Sorry!
Well Whitefang, I think your build looks spectacular then. I just want to have some people come in and take a look at it and see if they can offer something that might be better.
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February 21, 2010 8:32:14 PM

Yeah I think he deleted it
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February 21, 2010 8:34:26 PM

whitefang said:
How much is that build blackjellognomes? The 5850 crushes the 5770 by about 15-20


Heh, sorry, looks like I overdid the some of the parts. Even with the 5770, it went over budget. :whistle: 
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February 21, 2010 8:44:26 PM

Hey TheLastWang! Let's see here. $700-$800 budget, no need for peripherals and an OS. AMD CPU, ATI GPU, and only trusted brands. This should be painless!




You mentioned Battlefield: Bad Company 2, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, etc. The build I just conjured up blows the recommended specifications out of the water. Let's see what I got!







CD/DVD Burner - LG 22X CD/DVD Burner ($23)
Case - CoolerMaster Elite 335 ($50 ($10 Mail-In Rebate!))
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0GHz Quad-Core ($139)
Hard Drive - 500GB Seagate Barracuda ($55)
Memory - A-DATA 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz ($97)
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T ($77 ($10 Mail-In Rebate!))
Power Supply - OCZ Quiet 700W ($65 ($20 Mail-In Rebate!))
Video Card - XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 ($170) (LIFETIME WARRANTY)





Grand Total after Shipping + Taxes: $735.36, 695.36 after Mail-In Rebates!







I got you a Lifetime Warranty Video Card (Hard to find these days), all trusted name-brand products, and things that I personally used in my previous build.






Right now, you have a lot of room for improvement if you plan on spending an extra $100~. Only thing I would suggest would be upgrading to an ATI Radeon 5850. Don't worry though, the build you see above will run all of those games on high settings with no problem :) 






Not too shabby if I say so myself. Anything else you might be interested in TheLastWang? Maybe give you quote on how much it would be to upgrade certain parts? Let me know!
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February 21, 2010 8:44:45 PM

Whitefang, I think that case comes with the exact same RAM you picked out as a combo for some $$ off
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February 21, 2010 8:50:29 PM

Sorry Necro, I don't buy from Ibuypower, thanks for the help though.

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February 21, 2010 9:00:31 PM

Necromentia the extra $50 for my build for a $130 better video card, $30 better mobo, $30 better PSU. is definitely worth it.
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February 21, 2010 9:13:58 PM

hey just wanted to ask if you were sure that the HD5850 would fit in that case Whitefang
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February 21, 2010 10:14:07 PM

It should fit just fine. just make sure when you put the hard drive in you put it on one of the top hard drive slots. That way you will ensure that your video card has enough room.
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February 21, 2010 10:23:23 PM

Best answer selected by TheLastWang.
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