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New system build for gaming, need some advice please

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February 24, 2010 12:44:45 AM

hi guys im from australia and sort of getting back into the computing stuff again, but seeing i have been out of the game for a little while i was wondering if i could get some assistance...i want to build a system that i will use for gaming, microsoft office, watching movies and web browsing...i have a budget of about AUD$700-$1000, i have been looking around at both Intel i5,i7 and the AMD x4's...now most my research has been based on the AMD system this is what i have so far

AMD x4 Core Quad 965 3.40Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte MA770T-UD3
Cooling Fan Genuine AMD Boxed
Chipsets AMD 770 Chipset
Motherboard Main Feature:
DDR3, 1xPCI-E, 2xPCI, 1xIDE, Upto 8xUSB, 4xSATA DDR3, 1xPCI-E, 2xPCI, 1xIDE, Upto 8xUSB, 4xSATA
Video Card 1GB ATI 5770 Video Card
Memory 4GB DDR3 1333 Memory (AMD Approved)
Hard Disk 1TB SATA 2
ATX CASE AeroCool Tower Case “Germany Design”
Sound Card High Definition Audio CODEC 6 Channel Sound Integrated) High Definition Audio CODEC 6 Channel Sound (Integrated)
Network Card Gigabit 10/100/1000 Fast Network Card (Integrated) Gigabit 10/100/1000 Fast Network Card (Integrated)
DVD RW dual layer burner

around AUD$950

now i was hoping this system will be able to play most new games out on the market atm, also with the graphics card i've read something about buying 2 and then linking the 2 graphics card together (sorry i forgot what its called)...but i was wondering with the amount of money i want to spend could i build an intel system for the same amount of money or is this system adequate for what i want to do. also this only consists of only the tower im not including the screen,mouse,etc. just the tower itself....so any information will be great.

thanks

Ryan
February 24, 2010 12:50:23 AM

Here's a solid AMD build. I wouldn't go intel unless your spending over $1000

It's much better to have a less expensive CPU and a more expensive GPU as cpu's don't affect gaming nearly as much.

So going from a 965 + 5770 to a Athlon X4 2.6 quad + a 5850 is much better for gaming.

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February 24, 2010 1:18:20 AM

ok also another question here in australia to go from the 965 to 2.6 is only AUD $100 less but to go from the 5770 which retails at about AUD$179 to the 5850 which AUD$369 is a $200 more investment which im trying to stay in budget...also another question is, would my motherboard be compatible with crossfire (if thats what it is called?) and then wouldnt 2 5770 be better than 1 5850...also for crossfire is there anything else that i have to install, is it some sort of hardware thats an extra cost or is it just a feature with motherboards?

Ryan
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February 24, 2010 3:00:30 AM

also what is the major differences between x4 965 and x4 2.6, is there any noticable differences between the 2

Ryan
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