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March 26, 2010 7:23:46 PM

So today i went to a computer store and the vendor made this build for 965 € - 1300$ +-

-Intel Core i7-860 2.8Ghz LGA1156 8MB
-Module DDR3 1333Mhz NON_ECC 4Gb (2x2G)
- Hard Drive WD 500Gb SATA2 7200rpm 16Mb
-Tower GIGABYTE GZ-X7
-DVD-RW 22X LG sATA
-Power Supply LCPower Prophecy 750W
-GIGABYTE P55-UD3: (i5/i7 LGA1156)DDR3
-C3D PCIe ATI HD5850 GDDR5 1024MB

What do you think about the build? The vendor is trusty, but he isnt into gaming, so i dont know if this build is good for what im looking for. Im looking for a computer that can run actual games (Battlefield Bad Company 2,APB,etc) in high with a 1280x1024 resolution and that can last for a loooooong time with just upgrading some parts like GPU for example. Thanks in advance!

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March 26, 2010 7:28:37 PM

You don't need to spend that much to game at 1280x1024. Even then, that's not that great of a gaming build

Here's a build that would suit your needs right now:

CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $160 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 Neo Eco 520W $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24

Total: $624. This will play games at maximum details at 1600x resolutions. If you're not going to upgrade you monitor, grab an HD 4670 for $60ish instead of the 5770.

Here's one that incorporates a monitor and would still be better than that one:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $265 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5870 $420
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $85 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
Monitor: Asus 23.6" 1080p $190

Total: $1,244. This will play every game out there at max details at 1920x1080.
March 26, 2010 7:42:41 PM

Ty for your fast reply MadAdmiral :D  , thing is here in spain prices are much higher, for example that monitor that costs 190$ here costs 200€ which translates into almost 270$ :(  My conversion to dollars was made after buying in Euros.
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March 26, 2010 8:01:33 PM

I'm just demonstrating what a decent gaming build would look like. Frankly, I just picked a monitor that would fit the budget. Any 1080p monitor would be fine. You could also drop the CPU to a X3 440 and be just fine (saves about $70 or so).
March 26, 2010 8:07:51 PM

Very good CPU, probably overkill for just gaming, certainly for a few years. Nice amount of fast RAM.
Do you know more about the RAM, such as the brand, CAS latency and voltage? Make sure that the voltage is 1.65V or below, as above this can damage Core i CPUs.
It would also be nice to know the model of harddrive he is giving you.
The case should fit the 5850.
I don't know if that is a reliable power supply, for that reason I wouldn't use it, however it should be fine for one 5850.

If I was you I'd ask him to change the CPU to the i5-750, use the saved money to get a PSU that you can verify the quality of. Perhaps if he gives you a list of the ones he has with prices, then we could look over it to find the best one.

The motherboard only has 1 PCI-E slot, so it can only take one card. The 5850 is a very good gaming card, especially for 1280x1024 resolution. It doesn't use much power, so I think a quality 500W PSU would do for one of those, seeing as you are thinking about upgrading the GPU over time, then a ~600W would be a safer bet for futureproofing.
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