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August 5, 2010 12:28:11 AM

I am looking to build a rig that's upgradeable and affordable. I have 2 different builds in mind i would like opinions on build and improvement without any but minor increases in price.



System 1 Amd

amd phenom x II 965 black edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


asus m4a79xtd evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

xfx hd 577x-znfc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin enhanced silver-line 4 gb ddr3 12800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


total $556 or so


system 2 intel

intel core i5-650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

msi p55-gd65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

xfx hd 577x-znfc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin enhanced silver-line 4gb ddr3 12800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total $597

will be running windows 7 home premium. Eventual upgrade to either crossfire or sli and this case

thermaltake a90 w/850w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The amd is more affordable but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot for upgrading or speed. current case i will be building it in is antec sonata designer 500 w/650 w psu

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

ht goal is to keep the current box running for other purposes so in the end this will be a complete build but in 2 stages. thanking you in advance for all your advice and opinions.

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 5, 2010 12:36:51 AM

If you will be buying before the end of the month i suggest swapping the XFX 5770 in the AMD build for the sapphire on in this combo, this combo drops the price of the AMD build to ~$512 before $45 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You definitely wont be shooting yourself in the foot with the AMD build, the i5 650 is only a dual core so if you are going to be doing multi threaded tasks the extra cores of the 965 will help and for almost $100 more the intel build isnt worth it.
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August 5, 2010 9:50:45 PM

a few things i left out was very tired when i wrote this last night.
computer uses in order from most to least important ,gaming,watching videos, listening to music, and genral internet usage.


my old system is a

athlon x2 5000+

2 gig ddr2

and has 2 8600 gts cards in sli


the problem with upgrading it is that its a am2 slot board and pcie 1.0

country i live in is USA

and i prefer newegg for parts as i have never had a problem with them
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2010 8:50:18 AM

How would u like to have better gaming performance for less money :p 
$531AR
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August 7, 2010 12:26:14 AM

looking at the board you suggest can it sli down the road? Also i have a 650w psu currently i don't need to buy one at this juncture till i get to the second wave of parts and purchase a second case. Also i was wondering i read that the the 460 with only 768 was mostly inferior to the 5770 am i wrong? I very much like the feedback please keep it coming everything said is taken into consideration.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 7, 2010 4:00:42 AM

It is not SLI capable nor am i suggesting a multi GPU set up - just the best frames/$$ u can get now and upgrade to a better GPU as per the requirements of games tomorrow ^^
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