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Cheap gaming box advice (~$700)

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June 9, 2010 4:08:25 PM

Just realized I MAY have posted this in the wrong place since it's a full system build but really the BIGGEST question I have is how well balanced the GPU and CPU I'm looking at will be.
June 9, 2010 4:11:24 PM


USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Pretty much just gaming and media playback. I'm replacing an iMac with a Macbook Pro and a gaming PC.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Generally Newegg of Frys (US)



Basically I'm looking to build a relatively decent system on the cheap. Already have the LCD, Mouse and Keyboard.

What I'm currently looking at:

* ATI 5770
* Athlon II X3 440
* Antec 520w PSU
* CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)
* Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB

I don't really care about running FSAA or any of that so much but would like to run modern games on higher settings at native resolution. It's been a while since I've built a machine so I feel a little rusty and am looking for a little feedback on the specs.
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June 9, 2010 4:14:36 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Graphic & Displays to section Homebuilt Systems by Mousemonkey
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June 9, 2010 4:38:33 PM

June 9, 2010 6:13:14 PM

I didnt look it up, but I think that is an old motherboard that does not have USB3. Newer motherboard should be around the same price so you might as well get one.

Caviar black 750 will be a slower, older HDD model. If you cant afford the 1TB FAEX model then go with a Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500GB/1TB HDD so you get a fast, new drive with 500gb platters.
June 9, 2010 6:15:48 PM

Thanks mousemonkey for moving me to the proper thread, and thanks batuchka for the setup.
June 9, 2010 6:18:12 PM

USB 3 isn't really too much of a concern for me. The only high bandwidth external devices will be my backup drives which are all firewire 800 (for use with my Mac hardware). You are correct in that the listed board doesn't have USB3, I'll look into other newer boards. In the past I've stuck with ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte. Should I be looking at any other brands these days? (like I said, it's been a while)
June 9, 2010 6:28:55 PM

ASUS, Gigabyte, DFI, EVGA are all reliable motherboard brands.
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June 9, 2010 6:44:14 PM

shadedream said:
Thanks mousemonkey for moving me to the proper thread, and thanks batuchka for the setup.

You are welcomed ^^