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Sub-$800 Gaming Computer

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July 4, 2010 12:27:32 AM

Two Questions at top so someone notices:

Can someone explain why the Hyper Transport of the Motherboard mismatches the Hyper Transport of the processor on AMD setups? Or Did I do something wrong? Sorry if this has been answered before.

What are some things I'll be missing out as opposed to an intel setup at similar price? (Like Hyperthreading, etc)


BUDGET RANGE: $800 or lower (The cheaper the better as long as quality is maintained) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web Browsing and Word Processing, Video Editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need all parts.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com; if it is worth it to split up my order or go to a different site completely, I'll do it.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nothing over the top. I'd prefer a PC that is not power hungry. Other customers should have had reliable experiences with parts suggested.

OVERCLOCKING: None that would require a large increase in power consumption.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not necessary. If you could manage to fit it into my budget, by all means do it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900 (Can be lower if necessary, higher if possible)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would love for this PC to be efficient in terms of power.



PART LIST (open to all changes; my cart total dropped $50 for a reason unknown to me so something may be missing):

==COMBO: Windows 7 Home 64 Bit + Raidmax Typhoon Case (2 x 80 mm fans, 1 x 120 mm fan) - $10 Combo Discount - $124.98

==COMBO: Gigabyte AMD Motherboard (AM3|FSB: 2600MHz|Memory: 4 x 240 Pin DDR2 (667 - 1200)|1 x PCIe 2.0 x 16|5 x Sata 3Gb/s) + AMD Athlon II x 2 245 Regor 2.9 GHz (AM3|4000MHz|L1:128KB+128KB|L2:2 x 1 MB) - $20 Combo Discount - $108.98

==COMBO: Segate Barracuda 500 GB 7200 RPM (SATA 3.0 Gb/s) OEM + Antec TruePower 550W (SLI/Crossfire ready;80+ Bronze Certified) - $20 Combo Discount - $114.98

== LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner SATA OEM - $19.99

== Acer X203Hbd Black 20" 16:9 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor (1600x900) - $124.99

== ECS NGTS250-512QX-F GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $109.99

== Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM - $17.26

== Rosewill RK-7310 Black USB Wired Super Slim Multimedia Keyboard - $9.99

== Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Gaming Mouse - $42.99

== OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $79.99

Subtotal: $754.14

Thanks for reading.

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July 4, 2010 1:39:29 AM

Looks good there, is the nvidia card for PhsyX?
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July 4, 2010 1:48:41 AM

leyshadow said:
Looks good there, is the nvidia card for PhsyX?

When I did the search it seemed to be the best one in the price range but I guess I messed something up. It seems there are a few cheaper versions of it but I'll have to check it out.
If PhysX is important than that is good. I did not take it into initial consideration however.
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July 4, 2010 1:59:07 AM

It's not to me, that's my preference, very few games support it, for $110 you can get a radeon 4850 for DX 10.1, it's your preference of Nvidia Or Radeon :) 
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July 4, 2010 2:10:50 AM

leyshadow said:
It's not to me, that's my preference, very few games support it, for $110 you can get a radeon 4850 for DX 10.1, it's your preference of Nvidia Or Radeon :) 

ECS NGTS250-512QX-F GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $109.99

That was the cheapest GTS 250 with a decent clock. The cheapest 4850 is 10$ cheaper than that but its clock is 115 MHz slower. Benchmarks show that the GTS 250 has a slight gain over the 4850.

I don't have a die-hard preference for NVidia (I actually wanted an ATI card at first). I am open for any further opinion you have :) 
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July 4, 2010 5:40:04 AM

Fresh builds best go with a DDR3 platform as the sun has gone down on DDR2 platforms ^^ $768AR featuring 22" + HD 5770

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