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First Build <$700 Gaming, 3ds max

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June 13, 2010 7:07:03 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 week BUDGET RANGE: $600-$700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, 3ds max

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:Any suggestions are helpful but I do want to keep it AMD based. I am unbiased between nvidia and ati so i am still deciding in that area

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1600x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Cheaper is good

This is what i have been looking at, most items are comboed to save money:

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100273L Radeon HD 4850 1GB
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W and Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM combo
HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower and Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB combo
ASRock M3A785GXH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard comboed with Win 7
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 and AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz combo
June 14, 2010 1:11:49 AM

1)Unless you really like that case, might want to go with this Case and CD Drive. Might be a bit more expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2)Thats a good case/HDD combo but the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb is good also.

Otherwise, looks good. If you were willing to spend a few extra bucks you could get the Athlon x4 635. Combined with the OCZ Platinum its something like $182. But, you get another core.
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June 14, 2010 2:12:39 AM

Thank you for the help. I like that case combo alot i may go with that instead
June 14, 2010 3:25:19 PM

a few things:

1) that mobo looks a little sketchy. here's an option with better reviews on newegg (only 1 PCI-E x16 slot, but you don't plan on crossfiring).

2) similarly, you don't want to skimp on a power supply. much more highly reviewed option

3) if you're gonna game, i strongly recommend upgrading to a 5850 or better.

here's a build with those suggestions in mind, $695AR:



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