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July 18, 2010 11:00:49 PM

Current PC specs:

Asus M2N-E mobo
nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512mb
AMD 64 X2 6000+ at 3.01GHz
2GB of RAM
Windows XP

I'm hoping to be able to upgrade to something significantly better for around $800. I'm not sure if that is reasonable or not, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

BUDGET RANGE: ~$800 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None

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July 19, 2010 3:23:49 AM

Here's what I would suggest for you based on what you filled out.

CPU/Mobo: Phenom II X4 955 and MSI 870A-G54

Case/GPU: Antec Nine Hundred Two and XFX Radeon 5770

PSU/HDD: Corsair 650TX and Spinpoint F3 1TB

RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

CD/DVD: LG GH24NS50 24x CD/DVD Burner

Total before shipping/rebates: $779.88

Should be able to play most games very comfortably on high or max settings on your resolution and have some nice overclocking potential. If you're going to be overclocking I would suggest an after market heat sink for the CPU.


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July 19, 2010 4:04:37 AM

1680x1050 is pushing a 5770. But on the other hand a 5850 will be overkill for that resolution. Bleh.
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July 19, 2010 9:16:51 AM

Actually i am thinking @ 1680 x 1050 $800 is too much lol
$660AR and this assuming u can't salvage stuff like Case, PSU, HDD, ODD, etc from your present rig :p 
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July 19, 2010 4:16:18 PM

^+1 nice build with a perfect gpu solution.
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July 20, 2010 12:36:41 AM

Alright. I'm planning on buying the parts in the next day or two, so I'm trying to narrow things down. Any other input? Is $800 really too high for playing at 1680x1050?
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July 20, 2010 7:16:58 PM

I could probably do with a smaller HDD. My current one is only 232GB and I've only used about half, so I would say a 500GB HDD would be better for me. The only thing I usually have on my computer is games. I'm really liking the GTX 460 after reading reviews of it. But would it be better to pay the extra and get the 1GB version? Anyone else have a build?
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July 21, 2010 12:54:50 AM

I would recommend the 1 GB version. It's a small price increase for a significant performance increase. Especially if you upgrade your monitor sometime in the future.
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August 23, 2010 2:28:35 AM

Best answer selected by buwish.
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