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Semi-budget gaming PC, ~650.00

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June 29, 2010 5:27:51 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 3-5 days

BUDGENT RANGE: 600.00-750.00

USAGE: surfing, gaming, music

WEBSITE: no preference, newegg is fine

COUNTRY: USA

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, hard drive (have a 320 gb sata disk), OS (i already have a copy of windows 7 i haven't used yet)

PARTS PREFERENCE: no preference wrt intel or amd, but i prefere stability over performance when it comes to motherboard decisions. i will not be overclocking.

basically i need a black case (all my peripherals are black) with decent cooling, minimum 550 w psu, motherboard (going with onboard sound), cpu, 4gb memory, a graphics card/configuration that is decent now and is easily upgradeable (probably the most graphic instensive game i have now is dragon age), and an optical drive.

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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 5:44:48 PM

EDIT: The build didn't copy right. See the post below. This is a very cheap option though.

CPU/GPU: X3 440 and HD 5770 $210 after rebate
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $84 after rebate and promo code
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and TruePower 750W $125 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $21

Total: $550
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June 29, 2010 5:56:44 PM

MA maybe included tax and delivery, or did some fancy copy and pasting from another post to end up with that number.
Also, the combo deal on the 650W is gone, but there's another one here with a 750 Antec PSU with that case.

Excluding MIRs that will bring your price to only $613 before tax.
I live in Canada so I won't bother trying to include tax, etc. (And yes I made sure to look at Newegg.com)
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 6:00:16 PM

It was mostly that I was in the middle of getting it fixed and the changes didn't post right.

I actually grabbed that case/PSU combo in the edits.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 6:11:28 PM

You should fill out the whole form...

Resolution? xfire/sli?


Think Mad added wrong in his build, it's low end of your price range, and actually only $564 after rebates and promo codes.

At the upper end of your budget is a phenom ii x4 and 5850 build.

CPU/Mobo
Phenom II x4 and GA 790 ud4 $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU/GPU
OCZ 600w 80+ and xfx 5850 $350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM
G SKill Eco 1600 cas 7 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Antec 300 illusion $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical $21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use promo code: MBTEN

Total: $745 after MIR before shipping



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June 29, 2010 6:31:01 PM

wow you guys work fast.
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June 29, 2010 6:31:59 PM

eta my monitor is 1600x900

as far as crossfire/sli, i have no clue or preference, to be honest.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 6:51:43 PM

Then you don't need a 5850. The first build (or one with banthracis' CPU/mobo combo and a 5770) would be perfectly fine.

I'd leave the option to Crossfire (adding a second GPU) open in case you get a higher resolution monitor down the road.
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June 29, 2010 7:39:10 PM

is there anything specific i need to do/not do to leave that option open?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 7:42:12 PM

Just keep mobo and PSU's we recommended and you'll be able to xfire.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 7:42:22 PM

Basically, to leave the option of Crossfire open you need to buy a Crossfire enabled board (at least 2 PCIe 2.0 16x slots at least running at 8x/8x), a case that can handle the heat of a second GPU and a PSU that can handle the power load.

With the 5770, any decent case would handle the heat and you'd only need a 650W PSU. The first build is perfectly capable of handling Crossfire down the road.
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June 29, 2010 7:58:47 PM

sweet, because i'm liking the pricetag and 750 w psu on that one.
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June 30, 2010 6:04:14 PM

ok i think i'm going to put in this order today, any last second changes or suggestions?
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July 7, 2010 11:49:13 PM

got it all assembled, it looks great!

won't post though :( 
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July 7, 2010 11:52:15 PM

Best answer selected by aquinod.
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