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September 4, 2010 8:03:35 PM

Hey I am working on getting my parts list together for my first build. I really want a good/very good graphic output computer. I want to play the Total war franchise along with other games. Um I am unsure of my budget but definitely trying to save money where I can. It will probably be sub $600 with OS. Like I said there is a little room to adjust the budget but definitely trying to save money. Also I would like to make sure that whatever I build is upgradeable so when I do have some extra cash I can pick up a few upgrades. Thanks for all of you help it is greatly appreciated. :hello: 

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a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2010 9:14:16 PM

So summing it up, you want a ~$600 gaming computer with upgradability? Does it include a monitor? If not what is your current one?

Heres a $600 build, asuming you want to buy it now and dont need a monitor:

Athlon X3 440 + Win7: $165: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N...
ASRock 880G board: $60: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD 4870+ 4GB DDR3 1600RAM: $170AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Rosewill mATX case: $33: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB + OCZ 500W PSU: $70 AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $498AR

To add DX11 and Crossfire support for $85 more.
HD 5770: $140AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600: $75AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Extreme 3: $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Nzxt Gamma: $40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

September 4, 2010 9:59:37 PM

Timop said:
So summing it up, you want a ~$600 gaming computer with upgradability? Does it include a monitor? If not what is your current one?

Heres a $600 build, asuming you want to buy it now and dont need a monitor:

Athlon X3 440 + Win7: $165: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N...
ASRock 880G board: $60: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD 4870+ 4GB DDR3 1600RAM: $170AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Rosewill mATX case: $33: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB + OCZ 500W PSU: $70 AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $498AR

To add DX11 and Crossfire support for $85 more.
HD 5770: $140AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600: $75AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Extreme 3: $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Nzxt Gamma: $40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I dont need a monitor. I have a 16" I belive. But I am possably buying a new one in the near future. so what would you recoment I dont quite understand your list. haha Also on a scale how will this system preform with the total war games. Especally sogun two.
Thanks again :hello: 
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a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2010 10:36:53 PM

Either build should max out the whole Total War series smoothly on your 16 in monitor. (1024*768?). Maybe 9/10 on a scale.

The first build is smaller in size physically, does not support running 2 GPUs at the same time, does not have DX11 support if you want to play any games that supports it, and runs slightly hotter.

The second build is larger, supports ATI Crossfire (So you run 2 5770s for 180% the performance), supports DX11 games, USB3, SATA6 for devices that supports them and runs a bit cooler & using less power. But it is $85 more expensive. (You substitute the middle three links with the 4 I listed.)
September 4, 2010 11:36:32 PM

Timop said:
Either build should max out the whole Total War series smoothly on your 16 in monitor. (1024*768?). Maybe 9/10 on a scale.

The first build is smaller in size physically, does not support running 2 GPUs at the same time, does not have DX11 support if you want to play any games that supports it, and runs slightly hotter.

The second build is larger, supports ATI Crossfire (So you run 2 5770s for 180% the performance), supports DX11 games, USB3, SATA6 for devices that supports them and runs a bit cooler & using less power. But it is $85 more expensive. (You substitute the middle three links with the 4 I listed.)

ok great thank you! do you have new links for the mobo that mobo link is out of stock. also do you have and solid monitor that will work well. at what size and rez will this machine max out on. so use the same CPU (is that a good one?) and OS bundle? then the other links? thanks again! :hello: 
a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2010 12:19:46 AM

That ASRock sells out really fast.. heres an ASUS one without USB3/SATA6 but slightly cheaper aster MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With these specs, Id say 1680*1050 is the highest you'd want to go, after that you'll have to roll back setting abit. Id suggest going to a local store and picking out ones yo like then check prices, monitors are really a personal choice than a spec one.

For the second one, yeah, keep the CPU+OS combo and HDD+PSU combo.
September 5, 2010 12:31:49 AM

The seconed will run crossfire?
a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2010 12:58:48 AM

Yeah, just no USB3/SATA6.
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