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$600-$700 Gaming PC Build

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July 1, 2010 10:26:01 PM

I have been thinking of building a new budget gaming PC and would like a second opinion on the components I chose. My budget would be $700 max not including a monitor.

Some information to help you help me :) .

No vacuuming while I use it :p  (I live in a 126 year old house and need a case to keep the dust out!)
Must be able to manage the cables!
I need this to be a good gaming PC! (I like my games to look pretty :D .)
Reliable network card!
I only want to use one hard drive
4gb of ram would be nice

Current PC:

CPU: AMD 6000+
RAM: 2gb Super Talent
Power Supply: BFG 650W
Video: XFX 4850 1gb
Network Card: WMP600N
Case: Antec 900
Motherboard: Asus M3A
Hard Drive: 320GB Western Digital
CD/DVD Drive: Asus Lightscribe Combo


New PC Plan (All parts on Newegg):
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
Video: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit
Case: Antec Six Hundred Black / Silver ATX Mid Tower & Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Combo
Power Supply: N/A
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3
CD/DVD Drive: ASUS Black 24X

Total- $706.88

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a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2010 12:35:57 AM

Solid budget build... EXCEPT the X4 940 is only a AM2+ and won't fit into an AM3 motherboard. I recommend going with the X4 945 or Athlon II X3 440 instead. Rest of the build will work together.

Also, I would drop down to the Corsair 550VX and look to switch your GPU to an ATI 5770 (1GB or 512MB) version.
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July 2, 2010 4:34:17 AM

Pc plan changed :) . I would love feedback!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2010 7:00:30 AM

Look at the Antec 300 Illusion & Antec TP-550 combo, which should save you some money over the CM RC-690 & Corsair 550VX.

Also, if you are not going to make the jump to the 5770, there is no need to get a new GPU. The 4850 is just as good (if not better) than the GTS 250. To really see an improvement , the 5770 is the way to go.

Check your CPU & MOBO, there is a combo deal with the two of them (or at least the last time I checked there was :)  ).
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July 2, 2010 11:51:09 AM

+1 to techmo's suggestions
If you follow his instructions, good build.
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July 2, 2010 4:26:48 PM

The reason I didnt choose the 5570 the first time was due to the low bits. I read some reviews and a lot of people say it runs better than the GTS 250 so I will put it in my new PC.

Anyways, PC plan updated again!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2010 4:35:54 PM

Changes look good... :) 
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July 2, 2010 4:39:37 PM

Feel free to improve anything. I want to get the best possible gaming PC for this price range!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2010 6:54:51 PM

Are you keeping your original system?

If not, I recommend using the Antec 900 case and BFG PSU and look to upgrade to 5850 & an X4 955 (if you have enough $ left). The Antec 900 is the better case, even though it is older... IMO. The BFG PSU should still be good enough for the 5850 but I would need the actual model number to verify. Then sell the remaining components on eBay or something to cover some of your build cost.
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