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Critique my build/ $500gaming rig suggestions

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June 2, 2010 9:07:36 PM

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVT 250GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

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

OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR1600C8LV4GK

Adds up to about $460 before shipping. I already have a video card and a psu so I don't need it. Open to suggestions about my build.

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June 2, 2010 10:23:08 PM

Here's my suggestion, get two cheap 7200 RPM harddrives and run them in RAID 0. Much faster loading times, and you can do that for about 70-80 bucks.

2x and you've got 160gb of RAID 0 for 71 dollars (or you can up it to 2 x160gb HDDs).

I also agree with the g.skill suggestion. Faster ram, and they're a very very very reliable RAM manufacturer.
June 3, 2010 1:17:33 AM

am I missing the video card? for heavy duty gaming, you'll probably need a discrete one.

edit, nm, I see you have one.