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Budget gaming build

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September 5, 2010 1:50:31 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: >1 month

BUDGET RANGE: $700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web Browsing, Watching Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: none, I need everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD Phenom ii x2

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Prefer 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The game I'm playing only uses dual core cpu's, and is not compatible with sli/Crossfire. I do not have a monitor.


Here's a build i came up with:

Cpu: Phenom ii x2 555 ($89)
Video Card: Sapphire 4650 512mb ($70)
Motherboard: MSI 790X-G45 AM3 ($100)
Monitor: SCEPTRE X226W 1080p ($140)
RAM: G.Skill 2x 2gb 1066 DDR3 ($88)
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ($85)
HD: Samsung Spinpoint 7200rpm 500gb ($55)
Optical: Lite-On DVD-ROM ($20)
OS: Windows 7 ($90)
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 ($60)

Total: $797

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September 5, 2010 2:11:26 AM

"MONITOR RESOLUTION: Prefer 1920x1080"
"Video Card: Sapphire 4650 512mb ($70)"

good luck with that. take a look at some 1280x1024 resolution monitors. u need much more powerful gpu to game on HD screen.
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September 5, 2010 3:02:07 AM

Yeah, you will definitely want a better graphics card. An HD 4850 or HD 4870 would be the best value; of the latest generation the HD 5770 is probably your best bet.


You will need to get really good deals on the other components to fit in a better video card. Here are some combo deals that would help:


Phenom X2 955 and 4GB DDR3 1600 CL8 for $147 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Phenom X2 955 and MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 Motherboard (USB 3.0, SATA III, Core Unlocker) for $154 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Phenom X2 955 and MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard (Core Unlocker) for $144:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Phenom X2 955 and Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 for $202 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


OCZ ModXStream 500W Power Supply (80 plus, modular) and 4GB DDR3 CL8 for $97 after rebates:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


OCZ ModXStream 500W Power SUpply (80 plus, modular) and Lite-On DVD Burner for $42 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Windows 7 HP 64-bit and 4GB DDR3 1600 CL8 for $155 after rebates:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Windows 7 HP 64-bit and Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 for $225 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Windows 7 HP 64-bit and ASUS Radeon HD 5750 for $182 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Windows 7 HP 64-bit and NZXT Gamma Case (Very cheap, but very highly rated) for $133:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB for $60:

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


Hitachi Deskstar 1TB for $50 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 5, 2010 3:49:05 AM

Low End Build

Windows 7 HP 64-bit and ASUS Radeon HD 5750 for $182 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Hitachi Deskstar 1TB for $50 after rebate:

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


Phenom X2 955 and MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard (Core Unlocker) for $144:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


OCZ ModXStream 500W Power Supply (80 plus, modular) and 4GB DDR3 CL8 for $97 after rebates:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Antec 300 Case (Highly Rated, Well Built) and 24x Lite-On SATA DVD Burner for $71:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Total is $544 (without monitor) after shipping and rebates.



High End Build (with HD 5770 instead of HD 5750, Newer Motherboard)


Phenom X2 955 and MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 Motherboard (USB 3.0, SATA III, Core Unlocker) for $154 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Windows 7 HP 64-bit and Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 for $225 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


OCZ ModXStream 500W Power Supply (80 plus, modular) and 4GB DDR3 CL8 for $97 after rebates:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Antec 300 Case (Highly Rated, Well Built) and 24x Lite-On SATA DVD Burner for $71:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Hitachi Deskstar 1TB for $50 after rebate:

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


Total is $597 (without monitor) after shipping and rebates.
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September 5, 2010 4:20:27 AM

Tower @ $600AR

OS $100
$700AR Total
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