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$1000 - $1200 AM3 Build

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April 13, 2010 1:26:44 AM

I need some help from the forum. It has been a while since I have built a PC and I need some advice on building a new gaming rig. I originally wanted to go for an I-7 Build but it seems like it would be pushing my budget.

I am in the USA and am planning on buying from Newegg exclusively this month or maybe even this week. I want good quality components. Not top of the line (I don't need a $250 motherboard) but I don't want to skimp either. Basically want the best bang for my buck.

Here is what I would like to get: (already got a 1920 x 1080 monitor)
- Radeon 5870 Video Card (equivalent or better) perhaps two HD5770s in x-fire
- Windows 7
- 6 or 8 GB of Ram (pref 1600 DDR3)
- Sound card
- Decent Hard Drive Size
- Heavy Duty Power Supply and PC gaming case
- DVD Drive

Question:
1.) I noticed most of the AM3 gaming MOBOs have integrated graphics. What is the deal with that? Do these hybrid graphics actually speed up cards like an HD 5870?


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April 13, 2010 2:57:32 AM

Ok this is what i would do, if you really need to stay within the 1200 budget ( you could drop the HSF and drop the HDD to a 500 gigs ) this would put you at 1200. If you need to be at 1100 do the same and drop to a HD 5850 this would get you 1100 build.




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April 13, 2010 5:00:41 AM

Awnser to question 1: yes they did but for a limited number of card which the 5870 is not included in sadly.

For the build, everything niklas_13 linked seem fine for me except maybe the gpu, i would change it for a gtx470 or gtx480. The reason is even thought when you look at the review here at tom's the gtx480 dont give a good amount boost in avg fps compared to the 5870 but it do give alot of boost to the min fps which is what define playable setting. This is also the same thing for the gtx470 compared to the 5850. For the best bang for buck Gpu i would say go for the gtx470.
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April 13, 2010 6:02:42 AM

HD 5850 = 300

GTX 470 = 350

HD 5870 = 400

GTX 480 = 500

Picking the right one ( priceless ) :) 
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April 13, 2010 5:27:24 PM

Gtx 470 would be my choice, like the hd5850 when the gtx470 is overclocked it can get to the 480 performance level and the gtx470 is alot better than the 5850 for min fps which defines playable quality settings.
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