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I have a budget from about $600-800 for a new gaming desktop. I would like to get the best performance possible. I have relatively little computer knowledge and would have a difficult time assembling the parts on my own, so i will likely use a website for that. Im leaning towards IBuyPower.com. I don't expect a top-of-the-line system, just something that can run recent games with a reasonable fps, which my current pc cannot(it is over 5 years old).

I would like to know if there are any incompatibilities in this system and also which video card would be better given the other components, a Radeon 5750 or a GTS 250.

Processor: AMD Athlon™ II X4 630 Quad-Core CPU (2.8 Mhz)
Memory: 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module; Corsair-Value
Video Card: Radeon 5750 or a GTS 250
Mobo: ASUS M4A785-M -- AMD 785G Hybrid CrossFire Chipset w/8-ch HD Audio, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 1 PCI-E MB
Power Supply: 700 Watt -- Power Supply SLI Ready
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  1. The two cards are pretty much dead even, one may be a few FPS faster in one game, and lose by that amount in another, I do not believe any other ATI and NVIDIA cards match this evenly.

    If you have ever tried to install a new video card in a PC, you should be able to build a PC too, it may seem like an intimidating task, but it really is very simple.
  2. Hmm actually that kind of performance can be had under $600 ^^ On a DDR3 platform too
  3. Thank you. I was comparing the 5750 and GTS 250 because their prices were $30 apart, radeon is more expensive but, it has DirectX11 support.
  4. How would this build compare to the previous one? This one comes out to $810 while the other one is $692. As a student I could get Windows relatively cheaply or possibly free.

    Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 750 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
    Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5770 - 1GB - Single Card
    Memory: 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand
    Mobo: MSI P55M-SD40 -- Intel P55 Chipset CrossFire Supported w/8-ch HD Audio, Gb LAN, Dual Channel DDR3, S-ATA RAID, USB 2.0, 2 PCI-E MB
    Power Supply: 700 Watt -- Power Supply SLI Ready
  5. The i5 750 is far superior to the Athlon II x4 630.

    Sounds like a good idea, there is hardly any difference in price between 1333 and 1600 MHz, just look for CL7 latency sticks, they should not be more than $10 extra compared to CL9.

    I am not familiar with the MSI board, so can not comment on that.

    As you do not say what PSU that is, can not comment.
  6. IBuyPower does not label that PSU, I'm assuming it is a generic (poor quality) PSU and for some reason costs the same as the 550W PSU.

    The MSI board is an OEM but, I can find no infomation on it. It was the cheapest one they offer but, I'm wary of buying something without researching it.

    How much does the quality of a motherboard affect a PC? Should I just pay the $30-50 for an ASUS or Gigabyte board?
  7. You should build yourself and then you would be a lot happier with the outcome. Not to mention have bragging rights......

    It is really easy and does not take all that long to do and once you are finished you will have a better understanding of the internals of the pc.
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