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Asking for critique on budget gaming build

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April 12, 2010 3:47:58 AM

Hi all! First off, thanks for the help and patience you give to people of less knowledge in this particular field. My previous computer took a dump a few months back and i am having withdrawals. I, of course like any other human being, want to keep this rig as price efficient as possible without sacrificing on quality. I will probably be figuring in an OS into the final price of this computer, so keeping it under $700 before the OS would be great.


BUDGET: 600-700$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, gaming, multitasking, general usage, some music/photo storage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: Best bang for buck. Have no discrimination.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe **would be my first attempt at either**

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using 32" Soyo HDTV as my main monitor. their website claims 1366x768. Also using small 16" monitor as dual screen.


I had previously posted a build was quick to realize I had some more work to do. This build is right at 600$ without the OS!

I tend to play MMO's generally with some mixture of FPS/strategy tossed in. Are the cpu and gpu the right choices? Quad-core? Maybe squeeze some more cash into a 5850? Questions I leave to your superior knowledge. :) 

my current build...
April 12, 2010 4:33:13 AM

thanks for the reply.

is there a reason i should switch to this cpu? 30$ more for another triple-core processor.

obviously i would have to add in a heat sink/paste.
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April 12, 2010 4:42:48 AM

Its a black edition unlocked for better over clocking.
a b 4 Gaming
April 12, 2010 9:11:58 AM

1366 X 768 ain't a demanding resolution for games by any means and your build still has an ODD, Case and with OS to fit into that budget a possible config for consideration? $647 AR free ship

April 12, 2010 5:18:03 PM

I like this build ^
April 13, 2010 6:02:03 PM

thanks again for all the replies. been busy at work and couldn't get time to respond...


my apologies, i did leave out those items. I have a cooler master 690 case, optical drives, and an older 250gb HDD will be used as a back up. I also have an older antec tp3- 550w psu. Although i think its time for a new one.

my current build...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Gift - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon

ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$658.94 before OS.

$758.93 OS included.

a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2010 10:18:36 AM

Well if 12 days wait isn't a bridge too far and if u eyeing a CFable AM3 the 870 chipset is out and some come with CF ^^ These would have native SATA 6GB/s and SB 850