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Help me decide on $1000-$1300 gaming pc

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June 17, 2010 6:35:14 AM

i need a desktop or laptop that will run diablo 3,C&C, starcraft 2, call of duty, wow, age of conan, vanguard,eq games like that without over heating and having 2 put graphics on low so i wont lag.....im thinking of just getting a better desktop now and just getting like a 500-600 laptop around christmas because i really onyl want a laptop for movies music and google



but iv narrowed it down 2 a few choices what would u guys rather have?

Choice 1
-Desktop
-Cost $950
-Details... home build from new egg( already have a case, hard drive with vista on it and all my stuff from my last pc, and cd burner
-ASUS Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX
-XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB
-CORSAIR XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600
-AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Six-Core
-Creative 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz Sound Blaster X-Fi
-XFX Black Edition 750W


choice 2
-laptop
-cost $1,270
-details.. from ibuypower.com
- Intel® Core™ i7-620M
-4GB [2GB x 2] 1333MHz DDR3
-Mobility GDDR2 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4570 PCI-Express 3D Video
- 250 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim
- 2X Blu-Ray-R/8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive
-windows 7
-built in webcam

June 17, 2010 8:14:19 AM

A desktop will obviously be a better choice.But if only gaming is the main thing, then a six core processor has no significant advantage.Here's what I suggest:

CPU:AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE(excellent value for money):160$

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard:140$

GPU:XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity:305$

Memory:CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G:175$(though 4GB is enough IMO)

Power Supply:CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply:120$(XFX power supplies are good but overpriced)

Total:900$

Note that on board sound is more than enough, there is no need to get a sound card.

Optional parts:

Note that the 5850 is a big card.So you will need a spacious case.If you need one the Coolermaster HAF 922 is a good case for 90$.
June 17, 2010 11:08:40 AM

The HD 5850 is actually a short GPU @ 9.5"
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June 17, 2010 11:10:29 AM

Err you can generate far more games with an AM3 based rig at the $900 price point hehe
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June 21, 2010 6:47:19 AM

i decided to go with the desktop but after talking with a RL friend im going 2 finally try a intel pc and leave amd :(  what do yall think of this new buidl?.....

XFX HD Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit -$240
ASUS LGA 1156 P55 ATX -$150
i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W - $280
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600- $175
XFX Black Edition 750W - $140

total---$999

im pretty sure with this new build my pc will be blazing fast... not top of the like but really fast asleast
June 22, 2010 5:16:39 AM

Get 4GB(2x2 gb) memory- lynnfields support dual channel DDR3 and not triple channel, so adding 6gb would waste the dual channel configuration.Get the Corsair 750 tx PSU.Its excellent and is priced at 120$(if I'm not mistaken).The XFX is good but overpriced.With some 50-60$ saved go for a 5850.It performs excellently at 1080p and is the best in terms of value for money.
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