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June 15, 2010 5:23:29 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 6/15-6/20 BUDGET RANGE: $400-$600 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming/internet/office apps

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers, tower

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, geeks.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would love to use i5 750

OVERCLOCKING:Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: could use advice on this

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Its been a long time since I have gotten my nose dirty in the component field and really dont have much of a clue as to what it takes to make a decent gaming pc anymore. Was hoping someone could give me an effective configuration for the budget i have posted.









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June 15, 2010 5:25:56 PM

What is the model/make of your current display and do u game on native resolution?
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June 15, 2010 5:29:56 PM

assuming you have an operating system already:



$30 in mail-in rebates and a $10 promo code on the RAM.
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June 15, 2010 5:34:25 PM

batuchka said:
What is the model/make of your current display and do u game on native resolution?


AOC
model: TFT22W90PS+
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June 15, 2010 5:34:38 PM

Woops. Didnt realize somebody had already posted one. Mine looks basically identical except for the PSU.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 15, 2010 5:47:07 PM

capyfive said:
AOC
model: TFT22W90PS+


IIRC those are 1680 x 1050 native resolution so a HD 5770 based gaming rig will see u through ^^
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June 16, 2010 9:52:50 AM

Thanks for the help guys!
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a b 4 Gaming
June 16, 2010 10:57:09 AM

You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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June 16, 2010 12:23:59 PM

Wait for the current system building marathon budget PC. I think it'll fit your budget. If so, you can copy it.
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June 16, 2010 3:35:09 PM

avatar_raq said:
Wait for the current system building marathon budget PC. I think it'll fit your budget. If so, you can copy it.


The what?
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June 17, 2010 12:49:46 AM

Oh, by the way. Im going to buy one tomorrow (I went to the store today to pick out the parts) and I got a total of around $570. Compusa has some good deals. Corsair 4gb 1600mhz RAM ($100), thermaltake m9 case ($60), a USB 3.0 capable am3 board for $90 (gigabyte), athlon ii x3 440 ($75), a GTS 250 ($100), ULTRA 650w PSU ($60, dont know much about ultra but they have lifetime warrantys) and a seagate barracuda 500gb for $50. Think thats all of it.
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June 18, 2010 10:16:02 AM

So do you like the 550 USD PC they built for the SBM?
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June 18, 2010 5:41:04 PM

I think it looks pretty good. I have a few of those parts already so if I go by what their putting in it im at $460. If I added on a better GPU what would you suggest?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 18, 2010 5:46:26 PM

Definitely ditch that CM Extreme Power PSU used in that article : a less than durable/quality PSU when it blows could take out more than itself @@
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June 18, 2010 7:23:37 PM

batuchka said:
Definitely ditch that CM Extreme Power PSU used in that article : a less than durable/quality PSU when it blows could take out more than itself @@


Batuchka definetly appreciate your quick advice whenever I post it is very helpful. Do you see anything else I could save on or possibly add a couple bucks to improve the build?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 18, 2010 8:53:20 PM

capyfive said:
Batuchka definetly appreciate your quick advice whenever I post it is very helpful. Do you see anything else I could save on or possibly add a couple bucks to improve the build?



80+ PSU driving a HD 5770 with an AthlonII X3 sounds good for the $$
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