Feedback on First Budget Gaming Build

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  1. What's the budget? You might want to take a look at the guidelines from the link in my signature.

    My main problems with the build are the HDD and the RAM. That WD drive is going to be slow. OCZ's RAM is known to have many issues. I try to avoid them at all costs.

    Judging from the parts, I'd guess the budget is about $750 for everything. Here's what I'd build:

    CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and HD Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $183 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
    GPU: HD 5770 $145 after rebate
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $135 after rebate
    Case: Coolermaster Elite 335 $40 after rebate
    Monitor: Asus 21.5" 1080p $150 after rebate

    Total: $758.

    I went cheaper on the CPU, as it doesn't impact gaming that much. I also choose the 5770 because of the price. What these two changes did is allow me to include a high quality, USB 3/SATA III, Crossfire board and a higher resolution monitor. This build gives you a lot more room to grow into the build. You can easily drop in a second 5770 and have a high performing gaming build.

    If I guessed at the budget wrong, swap the RAM for these sticks: GeIL 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 9. You can also get a cheaper monitor, but I'd want a 1080p one. There are a few other changes you could make, but I'm hesitant to suggest them until I get a full budget...
  2. You should also fill out form in sticky, link in sig.
  3. lol thanks guys


    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week

    BUDGET RANGE: under 750

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED OS

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

    PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type none really

    OVERCLOCKING: Yes

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: IDK

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: NEED A MOnitor In budget plz, I heard that the hd 5770 starts to fail at 1920x1080
  4. someone on the fourms told me that gigabyte did something so that AAC wont unlock dormant cores on the x3 440, this true?
  5. I haven't heard anything about it.

    The 5770 doesn't really fail at 1080p, it just needs some details turned down. Regardless, I wouldn't buy a monitor under 1080p right now. You can always throw another 5770 into the build and any problem with running games goes away.
  6. so you reccamend the hd 5770 over the gtx 460?
  7. No, but I recommend the 5770 and the ability to add a second one later over the GTX 460. The cheapest 460 (the 768 MB version) will cost around $200. That means you'd need to cut the board down to a single PCIe 2.0 slot board and the PSU down to a 450-550W unit to save the money for it. That wouldn't last you in the long run.

    Neither the 5770 or 460 are powerful enough by themselves to turn up the details on at 1080p resolutions. However, both would be able to if a second one is added. Unfortunately, if you were to put the 460 in the build, you wouldn't be able to do that due to the extra costs of Crossfire/SLI.
  8. Alright then, thanks again for all your help, I have decided to go the 460 becuase I don't intend to play uber graphic games. maybe some WoW or COD MW2 here and there, so no need for crossfire.
  9. Ok. I'd switch the board to the Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 and drop the PSU to a 400-550W unit. I believe there might be a few decent ones in combos with the F3.
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