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Building budget gaming system - Need advice!

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September 21, 2010 11:55:51 PM


Not really sure how to start this, but okay..

- My current system is as follows:

Athlon 64 X2 4000
ATI 4670 1GB

This was fine for playing games on my old monitor, at 1024x768 or 1280x1024 at some cases. But I got a Samsung P2370MS LCD with its resolution at 1920x1080, and the system is showing its age.

I'm on a budget, but I also managed to find someone to buy my system for a decent price.

- The main use of the PC is gaming. Just hoping I can run FFXIV and Starcraft II at 1920x1080 with high settings, and to last me a few years.

- I took a look around, and the Phenom X2 555 looks like a good processor? I read that usually you can unlock it to a quad core.. What other options are there in its price range?

- And I need a good mobo aswell, as the one I got wasn't, and never got BIOS updates. I need a future-proof one :p 

- Regarding the video card, I looked at a few offers of people wanting to trade video cards and found I can trade to:
ATI 4850 1GB for 250 EGP (about 45$)
ASUS GTS 250 1GB for 450 EGP (about 80$)
ATI 5770 1GB for 700 EGP (about 130$)

I think the 4850 looks like a good deal(keep in mind I'm in Egypt, so prices are higher here :(  ), but I'm worried it won't do well at my screen's resolution?


Approximate Purchase Date: In about 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: Around $200 for Mobo+Processor, undecided on video card

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Programming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Case, HDD, Power Supply(it's an HEC 300W, although I could upgrade if necessary)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No websites applicable for me where I live, so any website is fine, although newegg seems like a nice reference.

Country of Origin: Egypt

Parts Preferences: Probably AMD since what I see as comparable from Intel is more expensive. Wouldn't mind suggestions for it though.

Overclocking: Maybe?

SLI or Crossfire: No (Seems more expensive and complicated,not as reliable, don't see a point in my case)

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080


Thanks in advance for your time!
September 22, 2010 12:19:26 AM

The HD5770 is what I would recommend minimum for your resolution. On the motherboard you want to be able to crossfire?
September 22, 2010 12:29:41 AM

So a 4850 won't be able to pull through? :/ 
Well, would a 5770 perform nicely with the 2 games mentioned above?

I don't really know a lot crossfire, all I hear about it is being unreliable and expensive.
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September 22, 2010 9:13:49 AM

Well, both motherboards are available here, although the second one is expensive X_X
I think I can get the first one.

Well, with regards to the processor, is a Phenom II 555 a good buy? I read that dual-cores perform better in games than quad-cores, so I shouldn't get the Athlon X4?

I didn't mention a specific budget before, as it's not really set in stone, but you probably have an idea of the range I can spend in :p 
September 22, 2010 2:25:21 PM

You should fill out form in sticky, link in my sig.

We need a budget to give good advice.
Best bang for buck CPU right now would be Athlon II x3. ~$75 with a decent chance of a unlock to 4 cores.
September 22, 2010 6:28:54 PM

Added the form to original post.

So this Athlon would be better than the Phenom I mentioned?
September 22, 2010 9:53:21 PM

The 555BE is just a fast dual core and is a good gaming CPU. The X3 and X4 are more future proof, if you can call it that, as more and more applications can utilize multiple cores.
September 22, 2010 10:04:18 PM

So I should go for an Athlon II X4 instead? Any specific one to recommend?
September 22, 2010 10:10:27 PM

Obviously if you spend more money on an X4 youll get better performance then the 555BE. 5770 is a beast, its the best value right now for $145 most places.
September 22, 2010 10:33:23 PM

Well, the Athlon II X4 635 seems to be in the same price range, but it looks weaker?
September 22, 2010 11:57:48 PM

It is a little weaker in single threaded applications (most all games) but stronger in multithreaded and multitasking. There is a possibility that the 555BE will unlock to a x3 or x4 but nothing that is guaranteed.