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Building gaming rig $1100-1300

Last response: in Systems
May 31, 2010 9:08:52 AM

I'm building the following rig for a client who is looking to future proof their computer as much as possible without spending much more than 1300.

Is a sound card really needed? I've been acting under the impression that onboard audio is good enough for just about everyone and I'm not sure what my client would gain by having a sound card.

$160 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor

$107 ASUS M4A78T-E 790 GX motherboard

$55x4 CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 RAM 8gb(4x2gb)

$165x2 XFX Radeon HD 5770 gfx

$80 Antec Earthwatts 650W power supply

$27 Sony Optiarc DVD-RW optical drive

$80 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint HDD

$70 RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB case

$100 Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card

Total $1174
May 31, 2010 12:36:42 PM

Get the recommendation above. Better mobo and the C3 version of the 955 (latest).

Don't get a 5770x2 from the start, always go up and get a 5850 instead.
Shave a $100 and drop that soundcard.

That ram is no bueno, get a Cas7 g.skill
Get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and call it a day.

Otherwise everything looks good.