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Budget AMD Gaming System $550-700

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August 2, 2010 11:01:50 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $550-750 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (cs/WoW/SC2), surfing the web and watching movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US ( So. Cal)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: AMD 955, 5770gpu or better

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1 920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: best bang for your buck parts but I do want at least AMD 955 and 5770 or
better.

Here is what I got so far: Please suggest any upgrades or chances. Thank You


DVD Drive: $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU + Memory: $214.98 ( -$35 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU + HDD: $99.98 (-$20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total:
$562.93 + $46.44 tax + $2.90 shipping = $612.27 - $55 mail in rebate = $557.55 shipped





August 2, 2010 11:10:06 PM

There is a reason OCZ is having to cut their RAM prices. They dont seem to work at the rated specs. I made the mistake of buying some and it has been a PITA trying to get and keep my system stable. Have to play with the RAM for a week or two every time I decide to try a different OC to get it stable again.

You will get better gaming performance for the same price dropping to an Athlon II x3 and bumping the GPU up to a 460 or even a 5830.
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August 2, 2010 11:32:06 PM
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August 3, 2010 10:24:22 AM

not much more? the psu and case i mentioned 79.99 after rebates.

and x3 or x4 it's the op's choice so stop arguing.
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August 3, 2010 3:58:50 PM

1> He doesn't need a case!!! Pls read the PARTS NOT REQUIRED portion of OP.

2> The CPU (Athlon II X3) recommended by dndhatcher is a full level higher on the CPU Hierarchy Gaming chart than the Athlon II X4 620 Propus. See the chart:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...

Furthermore, I don't believe there are ANY games that utilize all 4 cores ATM. The OP will do just fine with the X3 440.

3> The PSU (Antec Earthwatts EA 650) is a better PSU to buy for the long term than the 500W PSU recommended by mr. hoshos. The OCZ Fatal1ty is a better PSU as well. You'd be happy with either one.

Whatever you decide jephu, good luck with your build.
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August 3, 2010 4:58:16 PM

mikey5802 said:
Furthermore, I don't believe there are ANY games that utilize all 4 cores ATM.
GTA4 is the only major title I am aware of that really benefits.

If you just need a PSU then the Antec Neo Eco line (520W or 620W), Antec Earthwatts, Corsair or the OCZ Fatal1ty line would be good PSUs. The OCZ modstream/speedstream line is made by a different manufacturer and is not as good quality.
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August 3, 2010 6:59:27 PM
August 4, 2010 9:17:58 PM

That motherboard doesnt have USB3 or SATA 6GB, if either of those are important to you.
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August 4, 2010 11:46:07 PM

dndhatcher said:
That motherboard doesnt have USB3 or SATA 6GB, if either of those are important to you.



+1. Since you're under budget, I would re-think the MOBO, and purchase something that has USB3, SATA 6 GB/s and PCIe 16X by 16X or PCIe 16X and 8X. I honestly feel you won't regret it.
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August 5, 2010 3:30:29 AM

final build before I purchase this week:

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo + memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu + hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cost: $708.96 - $20 rebate

Final Cost: $698.96

*** Should I just save a little more and get the AMD 955: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or is the cpu I listed above good enough for current blizzard and steam games.

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August 5, 2010 12:52:49 PM

Great build!! Enjoy...
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