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March 4, 2010 12:30:06 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Doesn't really matter...

BUDGET RANGE:1350RON(my currency)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Power Supply Unit(Delux 500W), HDD, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Printer, Case,Optical Drive, FDD, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.emag.ro

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Romania

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am really confused here. Maybe I want an ATI but nVidia are good too. AMD are cheaper but less performant than Intel... :(  I heard 775 are gone. Perhaps DDR2

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 right now. Planning to buy a 20" monitor at like 1900x600.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want the links to be only from emag.ro !

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March 4, 2010 1:08:46 PM

You can do a little work on your own. I'm not digging through a foreign site. Just search for all of these parts. The hardest to find will likely be the RAM, but any 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 (timings 7-7-7-x) sticks will do.

CPU: X3 425 $72
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $105

Total: $591. If you don't need the OS, switch the GPU to an HD 5850.

The 5770 will allow for good gaming at max details up to resolutions of 1600x for almost all games. The 5850 will be good for playing with max details for most games at 1920x1080.
March 5, 2010 7:14:19 AM

I have updated the first post so please check it. My budget is shorter by 200RON so I need it to be strictly 1350RON .
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March 5, 2010 11:31:27 AM

Did you price out what was above?
March 6, 2010 9:15:01 AM

Yup. It exceeds my budget. :(  Perhaps a cheaper motherboard with DDR2 and a better CPU for gaming.That x3 is not that good. I may gain a few hundred RON's but not sure. I'm gonna make a new thread :p 
March 8, 2010 6:03:29 AM

Sorry for double post. I've got the money so I can spend more. I only need an opinion about this rig, if it's any good:
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CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Dual Core Black Edition - 475 RON
Mobo: Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H - 334 RON
RAM: Kingston 2048MB, DDR3, 1333MHz, Non-ECC, HyperX - 230 RON
or
Kingmax DDR III 2GB, 1333MHz - 185 RON
GPU: Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 5770 - 640 RON
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Total price: 1680 RON(Kingston) or 1635 RON(Kingmax)
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Just one question. Does the mobo has an IDE port and supports the CPU without any BIOS update?
March 8, 2010 11:17:53 AM

The board has 1 IDE port and should support the CPU without an update.

CPU: Personally, I would go with the X3 440. According to Tom's, this is a better gaming CPU than the X2 555 and X4 620 (which are typically the same price). If you wanted to get a more expensive CPU than the X3 440, I would go with the X4 620 over the X2 555 simply because it's a quad core.

RAM: You must get DDR3 sticks. The board will not be able to use any of the older types of RAM. In addition, you should get a dual channel kit (two sticks). If you use a single stick of RAM, it will operate at a much slower speed than it should. Either get a 2x1 GB kit or a 2x2 GB kit.
March 9, 2010 4:47:49 AM

Well, didn't I choose ddr3 sticks?
March 9, 2010 11:13:08 AM

My bad. I saw the second one as DDR. I didn't notice the roman numerals...