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March 2, 2010 2:13:16 PM

high im looking to build a gaming pc on a budget i would like to fit the vapor x 5770 gpu in this....any help would be very appreciated:) 
i do not need mouse keyboard or monitor or speakers just the computer itself

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March 2, 2010 2:16:16 PM

eller_31 said:
high im looking to build a gaming pc on a budget i would like to fit the vapor x 5770 gpu in this....any help would be very appreciated:) 
i do not need mouse keyboard or monitor or speakers just the computer itself

also i dont need an os an later on i would like to add another 5770 if possible
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March 2, 2010 2:16:51 PM

Might want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature. We need to know the monitor's resolution, if an OS is needed, and some other info.

Assuming no OS:

CPU: X3 425 $72
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: CL 7 1600 mhz Ripjaws $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $130
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25

Total: $626
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March 2, 2010 2:32:05 PM

i dont need an os and my resolution is 1680 x 1050
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March 2, 2010 2:35:05 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a few months by summer timer BUDGET RANGE: 700 before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming and home use

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any im in the USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: not picky just quality

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes..later on not included in this price

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

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March 2, 2010 2:40:07 PM

+1 on MadAdmiral build....
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March 2, 2010 4:27:41 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Might want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature. We need to know the monitor's resolution, if an OS is needed, and some other info.

Assuming no OS:

CPU: X3 425 $72
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: CL 7 1600 mhz Ripjaws $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $130
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25

Total: $626


Wouldn't it be better to use the AMD Athlon II x3 435 instead of 425? Only 3 dollars more expensive. Plus you can get a deal with the ddr3 ram and save 10 bucks (30 bucks after rebates)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

With that saved amount of 10 bucks he can get that Sapphire Vapor X 5770 GPU that he wanted, which is 15 dollars more expensive after rebates.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ends up shaving off 25 bucks after all the rebates, rounding off to about low 600s before shipping/taxes, and around 670 ish as a total?

IDK, performance wise in my eyes that's better bang for the buck, anyone else agree/disagree?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 2, 2010 4:30:37 PM

They're the same chip. Once you start overclocking, there is no difference.

As for that RAM, it's in combo with everything. It's also CL 8, so it's slower. In addition, OCZ has some compatibility issues, so I tend not to recommend them. It has to do with requiring such a large amount of voltage to run (1.9 vs. the common 1.65).

There isn't anything really special about the Vapor X version. It's just a gimmick to get more money.

So I guess I disagree with it being more bang for the buck...

EDIT: Just noticed that I was under budget anyway. Here's better CPU: X4 620 for $96. Brings the total to $685.
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March 2, 2010 4:49:36 PM

Go with Mad's build for sure.
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March 2, 2010 4:52:19 PM

well to give you another perspective of what you can get

Budget $700 + $70 - $15MIR

CPU & GPU: 1. ASUS EAH5770 CuC/2DI/1GD5: $159.99
2. Intel BX80605I5750: $194.99
Combo Discount: -$12.00
Combo Price: $342.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo: Thermaltake VJ400G1N
GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H
Thermaltake TRX-650M
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Combo Discount: -$73.97
Combo Price: $320.99
$305.99 after $15.00
Mail-In Rebate(s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
Original Price: $59.99
You Save: $5.00
$54.99
Free Shipping

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD
$19.99
$1.99 Std. Shipping*

Grand Total: $768.01

Thats just $70 over your budget, and then you just have to buy a better card down the road, lets face it when prices come down it will make more sense in getting a better card than cross-firing the 5770.




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a b 4 Gaming
March 2, 2010 5:03:22 PM

And why can't you get a better card with my build?

No offensive snake, but there are some problems with your build.

First, an H55 board isn't good for gaming. It's meant to be used for an i3 in an onboard graphics setup. A good P55 board will cost much more.

Second, Thermaltake isn't exactly known for quality PSUs. Some of their units are alright, but many of them aren't. I doubt this one is one of the good ones, as it's not even 80% efficient.

Third, that RAM is a lot slower than the ones I linked to (CL 9 vs. CL 7). They will get worse once you start overclocking.

Sure, it may have an i5 in it. However, you sacrificied a lot of critical parts to get it and still weren't under budget. Keep in mind that the AM3 socket is much more future proof than the LGA1156, as the AM3 will have 6 core CPUs and the LGA1156 will not (looking years down the road as an upgrade).
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March 2, 2010 5:09:14 PM

i agree with you, like i said another perspective, just throwing out there
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March 11, 2010 11:37:37 PM

Best answer selected by eller_31.
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