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July 25, 2010 3:53:11 AM

I am building a gaming system for my son. He like games like call of duty 4 and such.

Of the following which of the following would work better for call of duty.

nVIDIA GeForce G310 512MB DDR3
ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 1024MB nVidia GeForce GT220
ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5
nVidia GeForce GTS240 1024MB GDDR3 ]
ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5 [
nVidia GeForce GTX260 1792MB GDDR3

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July 25, 2010 4:05:41 AM

The Radeon HD5770 1GB is the best in that list, but it may not be the best for your son.

If you can post the specs of his computer, your budget, we can help a lot more.

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Motherboard
Ram
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July 25, 2010 4:42:00 AM

I am going to have it built for him. I was thinking of the I5 processor, with 8 g ram, probably ordering from dell or somewhere who can build it for me so not sure about mother board. I have no idea what resolution means. Under $4000 for the entire system.
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July 25, 2010 4:45:22 AM

this is what i have picked out right now. would this be a good gaming computer? would it play say call of duty 4

Intel® Core™ i5-650 processor(4MB Cache, 3.20GHz)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
20" Dell ST2010 HD Widescreen Monitor
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM1 at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMs
1TB2 - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB3 GDDR5
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July 25, 2010 5:02:44 AM

$4000 budget? Did you mean $400?
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July 25, 2010 5:13:47 AM

your budget of 4000$ will make most of the guys at tom's envy you :p  the average budget is perhaps 1000$ and that gives you an EXCELLENT computer.. anything beyond that is just too much premium ( just my 2 cents )

So as for the list you have mentioned :-

forget the i5 650... the i5 750 ( mentioned below ) has 40% more performance for just 10% extra price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
its cheaper than the i5 650 but stronger..
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


personally, i would opt for the AMD processor that i've mentioned because its as powerful as the i5 750 and still very cheap.

Alternatively, you could look for the i7 860 or the i7 870 but they are more expensive, close to 300$

Thats it for the processor

O/S Looks great, 20" monitor is fine or alternatively you could go for 24"... bigger screen = gg

OK Drive

Games are not fully optimized today to fully utilize 8GB of RAM.. 4GB is the sweetspot. But its just nice to future proof if you have hte money so go for it. the 1333 MHz frequency is also perfect.

HD Drive is ok

GRAPHICS IS NONSENSE!!!! the 5670 is way too low performance.. go for the 5770 1GB for 150$ or gtx 460 1GB for 230$ or the 5850 1GB for 300$. These 3 cards are the only ones worth mentioning ( please correct me if im wrong guys )

The graphics card i've mentioned will also stay real strong for the next 2-3 years where as the 5670 will start becoming lazy in 6 months- 1 year.. its a low performance card



I dont know if you are letting someone else build it or you are building it yourself, but abide by the recommendations i've mentioned as much as you can.. if you do it yourself or hiring a guy to do that is best... letting some other company do it for you means less flexibility if you wanted to upgrade anything inside in the future. Even though you dont know much about motherboards, please get something good because it is the MOTHER of the computer.. it connects each and every part of your computer together so it naturally has to be good ( my brand preference is for GIGABYTE )
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July 25, 2010 5:17:45 AM

oh my gosh, please dont tell me your budget is 400$! is it??

if then ill have to fully rewrite what i wrote..
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July 25, 2010 5:24:45 AM

squallypie said:
oh my gosh, please dont tell me your budget is 400$! is it??

if then ill have to fully rewrite what i wrote..


If he did mean $4000, I see no point in not going i7, why even suggest something so low for such a high budget.

Also is your budget is $4000, and you really dont feel comfortable in building a computer yourself, you should let us help you purchase a computer that will last quite a while and then just pay someone to build it for you.
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July 25, 2010 6:22:36 PM

Yes my budget was $4000 If I get someone to build it for me, do you have any recommendations? Because I truly have no clue how to do it myself. i was going to try and find a out of the box computer I could upgrade. But is sounds like building from scratch is better. Let me know who or what website you suggest to get the computer built. Thanks
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July 27, 2010 2:21:44 AM

squallypie said:
your budget of 4000$ will make most of the guys at tom's envy you :p  the average budget is perhaps 1000$ and that gives you an EXCELLENT computer.. anything beyond that is just too much premium ( just my 2 cents )

So as for the list you have mentioned :-

forget the i5 650... the i5 750 ( mentioned below ) has 40% more performance for just 10% extra price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
its cheaper than the i5 650 but stronger..
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


personally, i would opt for the AMD processor that i've mentioned because its as powerful as the i5 750 and still very cheap.

Alternatively, you could look for the i7 860 or the i7 870 but they are more expensive, close to 300$

Thats it for the processor

O/S Looks great, 20" monitor is fine or alternatively you could go for 24"... bigger screen = gg

OK Drive

Games are not fully optimized today to fully utilize 8GB of RAM.. 4GB is the sweetspot. But its just nice to future proof if you have hte money so go for it. the 1333 MHz frequency is also perfect.

HD Drive is ok

GRAPHICS IS NONSENSE!!!! the 5670 is way too low performance.. go for the 5770 1GB for 150$ or gtx 460 1GB for 230$ or the 5850 1GB for 300$. These 3 cards are the only ones worth mentioning ( please correct me if im wrong guys )

The graphics card i've mentioned will also stay real strong for the next 2-3 years where as the 5670 will start becoming lazy in 6 months- 1 year.. its a low performance card



I dont know if you are letting someone else build it or you are building it yourself, but abide by the recommendations i've mentioned as much as you can.. if you do it yourself or hiring a guy to do that is best... letting some other company do it for you means less flexibility if you wanted to upgrade anything inside in the future. Even though you dont know much about motherboards, please get something good because it is the MOTHER of the computer.. it connects each and every part of your computer together so it naturally has to be good ( my brand preference is for GIGABYTE )



if i havent built a computer before do u think i could do it or do you have any recommendations for having someone build it
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July 27, 2010 2:36:06 AM

If your going to buy a Dell, start with a configuration like this.
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=d...
That has a AMD 6 core processor and a ATI 5870, its thier fastest single GPU card.
1149.00 without monitor.
Its not a bad deal, add in 250 for a 23inch 1080p monitor and your going in for less than 1500.
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July 27, 2010 3:14:30 AM

storme123 said:
Yes my budget was $4000 If I get someone to build it for me, do you have any recommendations? Because I truly have no clue how to do it myself. i was going to try and find a out of the box computer I could upgrade. But is sounds like building from scratch is better. Let me know who or what website you suggest to get the computer built. Thanks


Most towns have a computer repair/custom build shop. Just bring them the parts and ask them for a quote, usually they charge about 150 ish, but you can EASILY purchase the parts for a computer that would be very high-end and still be way under budget so the cost of paying someone to put it together wouldn't really matter with 4000 dollars. Realistically you can build a very high-end gaming machine for less then 2000.
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