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500-700 Budget Gaming Build

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July 14, 2010 7:12:51 PM

Hey guys, i'm planning on upgrading from an HP m7570n which i put a 7600gs in and desperately need an upgrade. I'm concerned about the marginal benefit of upgrading the processor (pentium D915) to a modestly priced processor. I'm also not sold between the benefits of the x4 compared to the i3, hopefully you guys can enlighten me
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Late July

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Display, mouse, keyboard, speakers, dvd drive/dvd burner, 320gb 7200rpm hd, Windows 7 Ultimate

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or amazon.com, or if any other websites have anything cheaper.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD processor, ATI graphics

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in future, not immediately

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1650x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a relatively cool and quiet system, though it isn't a priority. I'm curious if the new gtx460 would perform better than any other recommendation such as 5770, 5830. My budget like the title says

This is what I have so far.

Case

CPU

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RAM

HDD- N/A currently have 320gb 7200rpm sata drive

PSU

GPU
July 15, 2010 5:01:10 AM

$642AR? Oops $587AR w/o need for HDD
July 15, 2010 8:36:37 AM

With gaming as the main focus, batchka's build will serve you well. If you're looking at something with more multitasking etc power, then look at a 955 for the CPU, but the 440 is already a very good chip.
July 15, 2010 3:23:54 PM

Unless you anticipate a monitor upgrade, OR benchmarks for your specific games show you need the graphics muscle even at 1680x1050, you can lower the price, power, and noise by getting a HD5770 instead of the HD5830.
I like the OPs choices a little better than Batuchka's. I still don't really trust MSI for mobos, and that ASRock is probably the one I'd buy if I were building an AMD system. It can do x8,x8 Crossfire and still have a x4 slot free for a USB 3.0 expansion card, or PhysX. The Antec PSU is higher quality than the OCZ, and is semi-modular. I would also expect the Antec case to be better than the NZXT, although cases are a very personal choice.
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