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How's this for a budget gaming rig??

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May 19, 2010 11:44:10 PM

I've been out of the hardware loop for a while, but was looking to help my bro build an inexpensive gaming rig. Price point is around $500.

I grabbed all this just from newegg.com i'm sure prices can be found better if look a little more:

AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE - $100

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 - $125

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - $109

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $160

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $90


As for his gaming habits I think he's going to be heavily into Starcraft II. Currently he has an OLD Sony 19'' CRT. So probably get a new LCD monitor run at resolution 1680x1050.

As far as I could tell this was the best I could find doing some quick research and for that price point. If anybody has some other suggestions especially for the motherboard as 99% of the features aren't going to be used. He's not exactly computer savy.

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May 20, 2010 12:01:45 AM

If you dont care about crossfire in the future then the 770TA-UD3 has USB3 and SATA 6GB. ($95)
If you dont care about crossfire or SATA 6GB then the 770T-USB3 has USB3 ($80)

For a single 5770 you could get good 450W PSU. Something like the Antec Neo Eco 520, OCZ Fatal1ty 550 or Corsair 450 would probably be cheaper and plenty for a single 5770 system.
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