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AMD Gaming rig upgrade ~$500

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August 24, 2010 8:16:41 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-4 months
BUDGET RANGE: $500 (maybe $600)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, PSU (550w SLI cert), Vid card (GTS 250 1gig), Hdd, optical drive, case (will re-use old one)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Good quality, good price
OVERCLOCKING: I would like to OC the processor slightly.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Potentially.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x 1024 (may upgrade in the next year or so. Not a big deal).
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was going to go with the i5, but opted for AMD due to being slightly cheaper and giving a good bang for the buck. Also, I would love input for the MoBo... I am not certain what a "good" motherboard would be for AMD, as I am usually and intel guy.

Below is what I am looking at currently:


GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 890GX



G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600 (PC3 12800)



AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz


Plus Windows 7 64 bit OEM puts me at just under $500 before promotional codes.

Any further suggestions?

(sorry for the poor linking... I am at work and need to get going. lol)


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August 24, 2010 10:10:19 PM

Two months is a long time, but your choices are fine.
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August 25, 2010 12:54:40 AM

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Also, I would love input for the MoBo... I am not certain what a "good" motherboard would be for AMD, as I am usually and intel guy.


I am having a PC built for me atm (i just don't have time) and the setup is identical except I am going with a Gigabyte GA 880 at the suppliers recommendation (i am not very fluent with motherboard stats either), and i am going for xfx 5850 and 750W psu (Antec) and he assures me it will work brilliantly.

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August 25, 2010 3:55:59 AM

Thanks for the replies. Would my 550w psu (sli 80 cert) do well enough? I have 2 150gig hdds, 1 x gts 250 1gig, a sound card, a network card (killer), and an optical drive.
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August 25, 2010 4:17:55 AM

That's a good mobo if you want all that. Do you plan to run a dual card system, sli or crossfire? If not you can get one just as good with sata 6 and usb 3.0 but just 1 pci e slot for ~$40 less.

If you don't care about usb 3.0 you can get a good mobo really cheap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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