New tower for 600-700?

Hi, my friend is building a new tower for gaming, and wants to know the best tower for the money. He wants to know the BEST gaming pc for 600 dollars, and the best gaming pc for 700. He already has an os, so he just needs the components.
Thank you!
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  1. Check out the sticky at the top of the forum "How to ask for new build advice"

    But, at that price point you are looking at AMD Athlon II x2/x3 with a 770 or 790 motherboard and a AMD 5750/5770.
  2. You might want to follow the guidelines. But here's the best $700 can buy:

    CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $195 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $125
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $23
    HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

    Total: $698.

    A lower cost build is essentially the same, just with the following changes:

    CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $158 after rebate
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Neo Eco 520W $120

    Total: $656

    There is no such thing as a good under $600 gaming build.
  3. well, I think he can take out the 5770... and put in a 4770 and just OC, sothat saves 50 dollars, and maybe he can upgrade the cpu to a black edition maybe 965 idk
  4. chevymaster said:
    well, I think he can take out the 5770... and put in a 4770 and just OC, sothat saves 50 dollars, and maybe he can upgrade the cpu to a black edition maybe 965 idk

    A 4770 can't be considered a gaming GPU and is a HUGE step down from the 5770. The 965 is an absolute waste of money for a low-end gaming system. A gaming system has to get the best GPU possible, the CPU is much less important.

    +1 for MadAdmirals suggestions.
  5. ok, so he can OC the 5770? there will be room for ocing right?
  6. OCing CPUs gives a lot more performance gain for the money than OCign GPUs. Get a cheap CPU and the best GPU you can afford.
  7. There will be enough room for OCing both CPU and GPU with either build. Performance increases can vary, so check out some benchmarks and reviews to decide which to overclock more heavily.

    The 5xxx series of cards OC very well because they use very little power and run very cool. I've got a 5750 that's OCed well above the level of a 5770 without having much trouble. I haven't even had to do anything outside of ATI's software to get that...
  8. If you could get another $50 for your budget, there's always the option of going with the System Builders' Marathon $750 PC that was featured on the homepage, and still is. If $50 is out of the question, though, it probably won't hurt to cut back on the video cards and get a single Radeon 5770 instead of the suggested twin 4850's. I'm not sure how well this would perform, but I'm running a single 5770 in my system right now, and it seems to be doing fine.
  9. so thats the perfect build? what about changing the memory for this:
    just 10 bucks less
  10. and maybe, but for the same price, you could get a 4890... which would be better?
  11. To be honest, the SMB isn't that great of a PC. It's good for benchmarks, but it's very bad for future proofing. I'm not a fan of what they put together.

    The 5770 is good enough to handle most games with max details at 1600x resolutions. The main exception is Crysis. It can handle the majority of games with lowered details at 1900x.
  12. The 4890 would be slightly better, but only for another year or two. The 5770 is a better choice because it's more future proof and only slightly less powerful.

    That RAM is slower than the ones I posted. It's worth the $10 to keep the CL 7 sticks.
  13. true true.. thanks for your help! and quick question: 4770 or 5670? wondering, because i might upgrade my GPU
  14. Neither. Step up the 5770 or save up until you can afford it.
  15. haha ok thanks.
  16. shortstuff_mt said:
    A 4770 can't be considered a gaming GPU...

    It doesn't often happen, but I will disagree with shortstuff on this one. It wasn't too long ago that the HD4770 was being praised to the rafters. Yes, that was also true of the long-obsolete 1900XTX, but many games, particularly if they aren't the absolutely newest titles, can be played on a HD4770; turn some settings down or play at a lower resolution, and even a HD4670 is still a nice GPU for [older] games.

    Start with the $750 SBM. Cut down to one GPU. Right away that's within his $600-$700 budget, and still leaves open the option of Crossfire later. You can pinch pennies on a cheap case, and perhaps a 500W Earthwatts or 520W Neo Eco if you want to drop another $40-$50.
  17. Of course, we don't know the guy's resolution, nor have we been told if he even has a monitor. If he needs that too, it obviously makes a howling difference, as it also does if he's using an old 1024x768 CRT.
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