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Looking for $500-$550 Budget Gaming Computer

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August 15, 2010 2:56:29 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2-3 days

BUDGET RANGE: 500-550

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Headset, Mouse, Win XP, PSU-Hiper 530W for now(...I do have a Corsair 750W on my other computer that I might eventually swap out),
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: whatever is cheapest

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, not a big deal

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, not a big deal

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Don't really care about DVD burner or anything like that as long as it can read dvd/cds. Also HDD size doesn't matter too much. And do I need to get a different HSF or will the one that comes with the processor suffice (my other computers in the past have had too much heat/fan failure)?

Thanks for the help!
August 15, 2010 4:32:16 AM

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MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024


Hmm actually at such low resolutions such a gaming config would be fine @$383AR

If that XP is from a previous DIY then it's all good but if off a Dell/HP/Acer u have to nab a new OS
August 15, 2010 4:50:16 AM

batuchka said:
Quote:
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024


Hmm actually at such low resolutions such a gaming config would be fine @$383AR
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-1261.jpg
If that XP is from a previous DIY then it's all good but if off a Dell/HP/Acer u have to nab a new OS


I do agree with the build for that resolution, but my concern is that it might not suffice for the future.

The XP is from a previous DIY so i'm good there. Also I noticed that you have a PSU listed... I already have the HIPER 530W, so should I put the money saved from that to get a better video card or any other item? And is there a need to get a better HSF?
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August 15, 2010 5:32:49 AM

Ya if u could swap to that Corsair that would be good ^^
August 15, 2010 9:33:37 PM

I'm looking at this 5770... can't tell the difference between the two though. Can't really decide which company to go with.

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

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

I also opted for the AMD Athlon 445 for a dollar more. Comes out to: 460.93 without shipping. 470.69 with shipping and AR = 429.69

Also batuchka... can the Hiper PSU last me for about 2 months with this setup until I swap out with the corsair? I plan to do some moderate gaming until then.



Let me know what you think so that I can get the parts by tonight
August 16, 2010 2:53:06 AM

That Raptor is plenty fast but you dont get a lot of storage space. Two Spinpoint f3s would be as fast or faster in RAID and you have more storage.
August 16, 2010 2:57:23 AM

hmm so should i not get the raptor at all? I could always get another hdd later on if i need it? and do you think the rest of the build is fine? and cant decide which 5770 to go with
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