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April 7, 2010 1:02:03 PM

Hey guys I'm hoping to build a gaming computer on a budget of about 1300 dollars. Preferably parts from

http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

Cheers

Not required: OS,keyboard,mouse,screen.
a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2010 1:19:32 PM

I'm not reading through that file. It's impossible to find parts in that. Instead, here's what I would look for (I'm using Newegg.com links and US prices):

CPU: X4 955 $160
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5870 $415
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $100 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

Total: $1,112 (~1,200 AUD).

The exact sticks of RAM doesn't matter, just get the cheapest non-OCZ 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. Don't get OCZ because they have some compatibility issues due to require a lot of voltage.

The brand of GPU also doesn't matter. Get the cheapest HD 5870 you can find. Same with the optical.
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April 7, 2010 1:21:52 PM

Yeah i know that site is ******* impossible but its the cheapest in my state so...

You reckon go with AMD over an i7 or something?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2010 1:28:14 PM

You can't even afford an i7. The cheapest quality i7/mobo/RAM I can think of is $680 US. With the other components, you're going to be left with the HD 5770 for the GPU. That's not a high powered gaming build.
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April 7, 2010 1:33:58 PM

Intel Core i7 860
P55A-UD3 MB
4GB Kingston 1333 Kit DDRIII
1TB Seagate SATAII 32MB
1GB Gigabyte Gt220
SATA DVD Burner
Asus PCI-G31 card

Is from a site
its 972$ But if i swap the Gt220 to a gt260 how would that be?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2010 1:41:54 PM

That's not a real i7. The 860 is a cheap stop-gap measure if you absolutely need hyperthreading. And you're getting a horrible GPU if you go with nVidia right now.

I may have forgotten to mention that a high powered CPU is completely unnecessary for gaming. The i7s are great if you're doing a lot of rendering, encoding, or other CPU heavy tasks. However, gaming isn't CPU intensive, and to afford the more powerful CPUs, you'd have to sacrfice the GPU, which is a horrible idea. You're better off getting something cheaper and using what you saved on the GPU.
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April 8, 2010 5:23:38 AM

MadAdmiral said:
That's not a real i7. The 860 is a cheap stop-gap measure if you absolutely need hyperthreading. And you're getting a horrible GPU if you go with nVidia right now.

I may have forgotten to mention that a high powered CPU is completely unnecessary for gaming. The i7s are great if you're doing a lot of rendering, encoding, or other CPU heavy tasks. However, gaming isn't CPU intensive, and to afford the more powerful CPUs, you'd have to sacrfice the GPU, which is a horrible idea. You're better off getting something cheaper and using what you saved on the GPU.



OK thanks.
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