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May 12, 2010 1:19:03 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next weekend most likely

BUDGET RANGE: $650 to $750 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming primarily.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, OS, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/ATI combo with an ATX Mobo + ATX Mid Tower

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1366 X 768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was originally going to order last week, but I wanted to get some final advice. I was set on using a Radeon HD 5770 for the GFX Card, but I thought that might be overkill for the monitor, and I was a bit uncertain on the best chipset for my setup.

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May 12, 2010 1:40:24 AM
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May 12, 2010 8:46:42 AM

You heard right : 1366 x 768 is an even less demanding resolution then say 1280 x 1024 or 1440 x 900 and i have peeps gaming fine with a card like HD 4670 so t cut a long story short: if u looking not for an overkill $$ and power consumption wise i would look at a card like HD 5670 ^^ At the rate hardware depreciates, Moore's Law and how tech moves quickly by the time you spend good money on a higher end GPU because you really need it (bigger/Full HD display) your $$ could buy far better frames compared to current offerings too hehe
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May 12, 2010 11:12:50 AM

I would stick with the 5770 and within the next couple of months save $160 for a 22 inch monitor. A nice build for gaming is such a shame to see used on such a low resolution
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May 12, 2010 2:39:18 PM

Another option is to chug along and then buy a Full HD LCD and HD 5850 or w/e card that offers the best $$/frame for that resolution when TS has more funds hehe
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May 12, 2010 3:17:43 PM

There are a bunch of new AMD processors coming out soon. I would wait a bit before making a purchase. The new dual core athlon II is clocked at 3.2 Ghz, the new tri-core Athlon II is clocked at 3.1 GHZ and the new quad Athlon II is clocked at 3.0 ghz. They will be the same price as the previous top of the line Athlon II's series they came from. For example, the Athlon II X4 635 sells for around 110.00, the new Athlon II X4 640 will be the same price and the Athlon II 635 will be sub-100 dollars.
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May 12, 2010 7:32:22 PM

Yeah, I should definitely upgrade my monitor when I can. I also might go with what antisyzygy said and wait for the new Athlon generation. Thanks for the advice guys!
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May 12, 2010 7:32:44 PM

Best answer selected by huntarus.
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