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June 22, 2010 2:22:31 AM

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply

This will run me right around $600. I already have a hard drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse. I am wondering what you think of this build and if it is good enough to play WoW, SC2, CoD, Counter-Strike, etc, on upper middle to high settings. I am open to constructive criticisms. Thanks for the help.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2010 2:48:53 AM

Solid build!! I don't see any major things to change out for a $600 budget. I would just make sure to check for combo deals on Newegg, if you are buying from there for additional savings.

You'll be able to play your games at upper middle to high settings on a resolution less than 1920 x 1080 resolution. Some games will play a medium settings on 1920 x 1080 resolution.
June 22, 2010 3:00:27 AM

Would you recommend upgrading the video card to a 5850 and downgrading the processor to get better gaming performance?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2010 3:13:37 AM

You could go with the Athlon II X3 440 and an ATI HD 5850 but you are looking at about another $80. If that is within your budget, I would go that route. Otherwise, stick with your current setup.
June 22, 2010 3:24:17 AM

I came up with this build using combos. If it is a good deal I think I can scrounge up an extra $100. Is the PSU big enough?

a b B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2010 3:49:10 AM

The PSU is the deal breaker, as Cooler Master PSU aren't very good. I would much rather you get a higher quality PSU, such as Antec, Corsair or SeqSonic with a build based around the Athlon II X3 440 & XFX 5850.
June 22, 2010 4:30:47 AM

So if I go with the case and PSU from my original post, how would the build look? The case and PSU have mail in rebates that bring them down to $80 together.
June 22, 2010 4:44:21 AM

So how about this as the final build? The subtotal doesn't include the $45 in rebates so the total price would be right around $700.


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