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Modify/Critique my extreme budget build

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June 6, 2010 11:29:54 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week. BUDGET RANGE: $600-800 after rebate/shipping.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, software development. I want to be able to play "normal" games like tf2, wow, eve, sc2 on 1900x1200 max settings. Really don't care about single player games (which seem to have much higher benchmarks than online games).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: harddrive, OS, keyboard, mouse, .

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD cpu; but I'm open to anything.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If it's efficient.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900 * 1080/1200 (not sure yet)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please tell me the weak points in my current build, and If I were to spend up to $200 more, where to put that money.

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CPU/GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$219

MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$98

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$82

CASE/DRIVE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$57

Total: $555

From what I gather the next upgrade would really be to the 5850 ($165 more) or Phenom II X4 965 ($100 more).



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June 6, 2010 11:36:00 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

The problem that I can see here is that u don't need a 750W PSU even for Crossfire 2x5770 because with a 650W is enough.

Drop the PSU to 650W and get a tri core CPU and the mobo don't like me.
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June 6, 2010 11:46:01 PM

If $6-800 really is your budget then as suggested above you'd do better with a Rana 440 x3 and <$100 mobo setup. And agreed a 650w can easily crossfire two 5770s so certainly save a few bucks there.

And just what kind of hard drive do you have? If it's even more then a year old then you'd be certainly better off with a 500gb spinpoint F3 or seagate 7200.12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 7, 2010 2:13:08 AM

I have a new 7200 rpm hard-drive.

So now I have this:

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75

MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$98

GPU/PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$214

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100

CASE/DRIVE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$57

Total: $544

Would this play online games at max settings on 1900x1200? For the sake of longevity, should I move up to a 5830, 5850, or phenom II x4?
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June 7, 2010 5:37:07 AM

I would change the RAM for this G.Skill 4GB 1600 a little more expensive but much better that the Corsair.

The rest IMO is fine.
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June 7, 2010 6:24:46 AM

^CL.

The blue is CL7 and the red is CL9, in other words the blue is more faster because the time of response between the CPU and memory controller is more shorter.
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June 7, 2010 6:31:58 AM

saint19 said:
^CL.

The blue is CL7 and the red is CL9, in other words the blue is more faster because the time of response between the CPU and memory controller is more shorter.


Perfect, I don't know much about timing but that helps. Thanks!
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June 7, 2010 6:32:33 AM

Any time, that's why we are here.
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