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Recording and Gaming <$800

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March 3, 2010 5:20:23 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About a month

BUDGET RANGE: &700-&850 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE: Recording and Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Newegg

OVERCLOCKING:No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

I plan on getting windows 7 too but am not estimating into the cost. Im not sure what thew best soundcard will be i have a few usb devices right now.
I want the Phenom 2 X 4 quad core http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and This Gig mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and this vid card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if they are compatible
as for ram i only need 4-6 gb to start
Thank you to anyone who posts on this

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March 3, 2010 7:50:19 PM

Well, for $850, you're off to a poor start. The X4 955 is a great CPU, but if you want to do any gaming, it's too expensive. To get the best build for you specficially, we need the monitor's resolution. That's the #1 determining factor for picking a GPU.

Here's an example of a great gaming build (leaving room for a sound card):

CPU: X3 425 $72
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
GPU: HD 5850 $300
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25

Total: $767.

Since you're not buying for a month from now, come back the week you want to buy for some final advice. Prices change, and the best build for a budget can change dramatically...
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