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July 28, 2010 12:49:20 AM

Hey all,

Been lurkin for like 6 years now, and had to re-register as my account got disabled/deleted a while back. If possible, could ya'll help me pick out some best bang for the buck parts to build a gaming desktop that won't cost me more than 600bucks USD (including tax+shipping for Rosemead, CA)?

I need just the general parts, as I'll be re-using my case from 2005: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...; my 500gb WD Black SATA hdd, and my Samsung Dvd-burner. Any ideas for bestbangforbuck/budget gaming pc components? I've been looking at reviews, the benchmark charts, best CPUs for money for June '10, etc, and decided that I might want to go either the Phenom II X3/x4 or i5 route, if possible. And as I understand, stock CPU fans arent "cool" anymore. Also, 4gb ram is all I'll ever need. In terms of GPU, I need something that'll just handle PCSX2, Dolphin, and SC2 on ultra-settings at maximum.

Newegg, Frys, or MicroCenter will be the stores that I'll shop at. Most likely Newegg, as I've had very good experiences in buying from them.

I hope you don't have to actually shop for me, but can share parts that you've bought/recommended in this price range. Thanks for all your help! :) 

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July 28, 2010 10:02:52 AM

$603AR
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July 28, 2010 10:25:51 AM

Since you're reusing your Case/HDD/Dvd Burner, go with batuchka's build but take those things out and get the phenom ii x4 955 instead.
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July 28, 2010 10:30:41 AM

Hmm didn't notice TS has case, ODD, HDD but i wouldn't place much confidence in a 2005 casing for a modern day gaming rig and that Hdd is fine though hopfully the ODD is SATA not IDE interface
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July 29, 2010 3:15:15 AM

batuchka said:
Hmm didn't notice TS has case, ODD, HDD but i wouldn't place much confidence in a 2005 casing for a modern day gaming rig and that Hdd is fine though hopfully the ODD is SATA not IDE interface


Crap. You're right. My ODD is IDE :(  Also, what's wrong with my old case, since I'm buying a new PSU anyways?

Thanks for the help ya'll :) 
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July 29, 2010 5:39:45 AM

Hi all,

I do want to get the AMD 955, or even the 965. Are there any good recommended cooler/fans for either of these CPUs? Also, for graphics, I might want to do 2video cards (crossfire?) later on. Could someone recommend good motherboard(s) within my budget that'll be capable for those things? There's so many on newegg, but I'm not sure which to pick (I like Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI).

Thanks again!
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July 29, 2010 11:29:04 AM

Older casings may have few/puny 80mm fans for cooling and may not be optimally designed for a modern day gaming rig housed in them
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July 30, 2010 7:28:55 AM

batuchka said:
Older casings may have few/puny 80mm fans for cooling and may not be optimally designed for a modern day gaming rig housed in them


Ahh. You might be right. Guess I'll have to hunt for a good (cheap) case too. I prefer a lightweight one though, like the one that I already have (it's aluminum rather than steel).

Also, how's that 768mb card compare to other 1gb gddr5 cards?
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July 30, 2010 10:54:44 AM

If u game at say 1680 x 1050 768mb is way fine It's ok at Full HD even IMO but if i had more funds i would look at the HD 5850
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July 31, 2010 2:45:56 AM

batuchka said:
If u game at say 1680 x 1050 768mb is way fine It's ok at Full HD even IMO but if i had more funds i would look at the HD 5850


My monitor's resolution is 1600x900. What would this mean with regard to using the GTX 460? Would it be able to murderize SC2 on ultra-everything?

EDIT: Also, another question: The mobo you recommended has 2 pciex16 2.0 slots, but the specs in newegg say that "1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16), 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)." What does that mean? Does mean I cannot utilize Crossfire/SLI dual video cards at x16 speed? I don't get it. For example, this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , has two x16 slots that are "x16".
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July 31, 2010 4:50:04 AM

Bah 1600 x 900 a 512mb GTS 250/HD 4850 can serve u fine so dun sweat about 1GB video RAM hehe Nope am not suggesting CF/SLI at your budget point ...even at higher budget points just upgrade GPU down the road if your games start getting sluggish
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July 31, 2010 8:38:06 AM

batuchka said:
Bah 1600 x 900 a 512mb GTS 250/HD 4850 can serve u fine so dun sweat about 1GB video RAM hehe Nope am not suggesting CF/SLI at your budget point ...even at higher budget points just upgrade GPU down the road if your games start getting sluggish


That's true. And should I even get the 965/955 CPU? Wonder if I'll even need it for PCSX2/Dolphin emulators. Those are the two programs I'm truly worried about.
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August 5, 2010 6:57:52 AM

@ Batuchka

So it's a new month, and I've decided that I'm gonna go ahead and go with this build. However, when I went on to Newegg, the prices/combos changed. Could you give me some links, or show me another similar build for similar $600total price range? (Remember that I don't need optical drive or harddrive).

Thanks bud. I'm gonna continue searching though.
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