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August 12, 2010 8:30:34 AM

Hello,

I'd like to buy a new "gaming" pc but tbh I have no idea what to choose when it comes to CPU and GPU.

My budget would be about $1800 can be a little more (or less).

The games I'm currently playing are WoW, SCII and COD MW2.

Looking forward to your comments !

Thanks!

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August 12, 2010 8:38:45 AM

$1800 would give you a very nice config.

i7 930.
A good X58 board.
4GB CL6 1600MHz RAM from GSkill/Mushkin/Patriot/Corsair.
HD5870.
Corsair TX750W. (I mentioned the TX750W just in case you want to SLI later).

I think these are the basic things you need and you can check out the prices.
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August 12, 2010 8:52:14 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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August 12, 2010 12:44:51 PM

No need to go for an i7 build for gaming. $1800 is more than you will need for a good rig.

CPU:i5 760 ($210)
Motherboard: Asus P7P55D E Pro ($180)
PSU: Corsair 750W ($100)
Case: Antec 300/HAF 922/CM 690 ($60 - $90)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb/1TB ($55/$75)
RAM: 4gb 1600mhz G Skill Eco RAM CL7 ($105)
DVD Drive: Any will do, about $25
GPU: GTX460/GTX 470/ATI 5850/ATI 5870 ($230 - $390)

Total: $900 - $1000

The cases listed are good quality cases, I would go with the HAF 922 as you can afford it and it is a nice size with great airflow.

When it comes to GPU, you have options depending on what resolution you play at.
I have assumed you are playing at 1920 x 1080, all the cards listed will cope, the GTX 460 being the weakest of the bunch, but when SLI'd it is excellent (though I believe WoW does not make use of 2 card set ups...however, a GTX 460 on its own is more than capable of handling that game).

If it were me, I would be looking at either the GTX 460, GTX 470 or the ATI 5870. Due to having a motherboard that allows 2 card set up when required in the future, I think the once very nice card 5850 is no longer a great buy - it is a bit more powerful than the GTX 460, but when two cards go together the GTX 460s are superior and cheaper.

This sort of build will cope with anything around, more than you need for the games you listed,but plenty of spare power for anything that may come out.
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August 24, 2010 3:18:36 PM

Thanks for the replies guys,

Actually I was wondering is it also possible to make a good gaming Desktop but put it in a small case?

Im kinda annoyed that the case is always so huge :p 


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August 25, 2010 10:06:50 AM

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August 25, 2010 10:08:53 AM

I think Asteildan's build looks perfect. Only thing to consider is potentially dual 460s at the 420$ price point (assuming you buy them on a deal).
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August 31, 2010 8:48:25 AM

Is there a big difference between the AMD or Intel processors for the games mentioned above, or would both do fine?
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September 14, 2010 1:43:08 AM

Best answer selected by muggemelk.
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