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Help choosing parts for a Gaming PC under 890$

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September 26, 2010 2:09:02 AM

Hello everyone, My name is mike and I would like your opinions on a few build ideas I had.

The main thing I want out of this build is for it to be low maintenance and have parts that are high quality.

I am a broke college student so my budget is fixed at 890, anything over and I cannot afford food or books for the next semester. :D 

I am a casual gamer and the only real games I actually play are wow, Eve online, Half Life, Team fortress (most source game actually) My monitor rez is 1600x900 and I would like to have a smooth gaming experience at that resolution. Right now my current build is:

Athlon X2 7550
Old MSI motherboard
radeon 4600
3gigs of ddr2 800 ram
320 gig main drive
Win 7 home premium 64bit.

Raiding 25 man Icecrown Citadel in wow with all settings set low except camera distance and particle density which are set in the middle nets me 22fps average @1600x900

This fps drop I am pretty sure stems from my CPU which gets pegged at 100% during boss fights with my video card running around 80% usage.

I would like my frame rate to be much higher and be able to run fraps without bogging down when set at full size.

Here are 2 build ideas I had, keep in mind that my budget is set in stone so it is imperative that I stay under it.
As per the sticky I tried to follow your suggestions as much as possible when listing my proposed parts
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Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as possible, sadly waiting until new CPU’s and video cards is not really an option.


Budget Range: 1-890$


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly eve and world of warcraft), graphic design, Sony Vegas, adobe premiere, watching Movies, encoding dvd's, word processing


Parts Not Required: Soundcard, TV tuners x2, mouse, keyboard, 1 500gig hard drive, 1 320gig drive, 1 1tb drive, Windows 7 home Premium 64bit


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, I have access to microcenter in my area but the taxes they charge make buying from there just as expensive as buying online.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I am open to any brand for cpu, video card, memory brand as long as it fits into my budget without going over.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: whatever has the best price to performance ratio within my budget

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900


Additional Comments: My budget is fixed; I need to have this computer ready as fast as possible hopefully by the second week in October when my money comes in.

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I have put together 2 build ideas; both have the same core components:

Case will be:

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP

Power Supply:

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W Power supply

From there both builds will differ

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Here is my idea for an AM3 Build:

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Deneb

MOBO:

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Ram:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

Video card:

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


DVD burner:


DVD burner

with case and PS it comes to 720$ with s&h well within my budget


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I5 Build:


CPU:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

mobo:

GIGABYTE GA-H55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Ram

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory


Video card:

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


Hard Drive


Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


DVD burner:


DVD burner


With case and PS this totals out to 880$ with Shipping and handling which is cutting very close to my budget.

What are everyones opinions on my build ideas? All suggestions are welcomed. Thanks in advanced for any help :) 
September 27, 2010 9:19:24 AM

Since u on a Kuma AM2+ X2, i am assuming u are on an AM2+ mobo? If so just save a lot of trouble changing mobos, etc and check if your mobo has BIOS for AM3 chips and if so u dun really have to deal with just a HD 5770 at a fraction of the price for upgrades - hit at least a 768 GTX 460

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September 27, 2010 8:17:24 PM

Hi Mike!

Your links are broked'ed, they have some funny "http:/fwu7^%$#;" in front of it, so I ignored most of your links and just went with the written names you posted.

With $890 and not needing O/S I would get the following:

CPU&GPU: $375 - Phenom II x4 955 & XFX 5850
MOBO: $130 - Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4
HDD&PSU: $170 - Samsung spinpoint f3 1tb & XFX 650 watt 80+ bronze
RAM: $96 - G Skill Eco 1600 Mhz CL7 2x2gb
ODD: $22 - Lite-On 24x DVD Burner
Case: $60 - HAF 912

Total: $853 ~

First let me say that the Storm Scout is nice, feel free to sub out the HAF 912 for it as there is enough budget room.
Second, you get the same CPU as your AMD setup, but everything else here is better, though for a bump in price.
Third, you get a 5850, which will handle 1920x1200 stuff no problem, meaning you should be happy for quite some time.
Finally, when you stop being happy AFTER quite some time, you can get a second 5850 and crossfire, with no need to get a new PSU.

You can also forgo the hard drive and use one of your existing ones to reduce some price.
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