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August 6, 2010 9:04:35 AM

Trying to build a balanced gaming PC around AMD Phenom II X3 720 Heka 2.8 processor. Need advise on which MB, RAM, and cooler to get. Limited budget but can do with this processor.

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August 6, 2010 9:16:36 AM

what is your budget? Do you need a graphics card? if so what resolution will you be playing at?
August 6, 2010 9:27:57 AM

I want to play at 1920x1200. I play games like WoW, SCII, AOC.
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August 6, 2010 9:55:19 AM

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August 7, 2010 2:28:36 AM

Depending on your budget get one of these graphics cards.

Radeon HD 5870 - $400

Radeon HD 5850 - $300

Radeon HD 5770 - $150

The 5770 will be more than enough to play all the games you want at high settings, but if you can afford the 5850 or 5870, then go for one of those.

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August 9, 2010 2:16:59 AM
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calguyhunk said:
I would not have advised that CPU, but since you've got that already, here you go ---

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Mobo : ASUS M4A87TD/USB3

Cooler : Sunbeam CR-CCTF



That's a great cpu, and for only costing $100 it's a solid performer.
August 9, 2010 6:08:44 AM

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August 9, 2010 6:10:58 AM

amk09 said:
That's a great cpu, and for only costing $100 it's a solid performer.
Yes, but I'd have gone with the Phenom II X4 920, or since it's unavailable, the Phenom II X4 940 for only 25 bucks extra.

Mine was not a commentary on the quality of the Heka. It's just that, I'd like a quad for $20 extra, if I can afford it.
August 16, 2010 12:04:27 PM

Okay all.. Here's what I went with. I could not afford and quad or a six core system yet so I got this one just to hold me off for another year then upgrade to a six core.

MSI 740GM Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0 GHz Retail
OCZ 4GB (2 X 2GB) DDR3 1333

This cost about $210.00 and I already have a DVD ROM, case and Hard Drive.
I have a HD 4670 video for now that I will be playing SCII on at 1920x1200 hopefully on high restolution but will be uprading to better card in about 3 months.

Thanks all for helping me decide.
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