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Making A new Mid Ranged Gaming Machine

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October 7, 2010 3:09:10 PM

Was looking to build a gaming system with a budget of around $900 not including monitor, mouse, keyboard. All i really have my mind set on is an intel i5 cpu. Looking for some direction. Was looking to buy from one place.

heres some things ive picked out.

mobo-ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

ps-

Seasonic SS-750HT 750W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM


Memory-

Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996902

Video Card-FTW Edition +98MHz Overclock to 920 MHz EVGA 01G-P3-1458-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) FTW 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card..... $147
a b 4 Gaming
October 7, 2010 3:12:34 PM

Ouch $900 with a GTS 450? If i were u i'd start with a HD 5850 GPU or better and work my way backwards for a half serious gaming rig with that price tag @@
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a b 4 Gaming
October 7, 2010 4:01:05 PM

guess i need some serious help. With the video card you point out that's something like a third of my budget.
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October 7, 2010 6:29:06 PM

This is the system i just built for $850:

CASE: COOLERMASTER CM 690 II ADVANCED
MOTHERBOARD: EVGA P55 SLI
CPU: INTEL I5 750 W/ STOCK FAN
MEMORY: 4GB OF G SKILL DDR3 1600MHZ
HARD DRIVE: 1TB SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3
GPU: EVGA GEFORCE GTS 450 SUPERCLOCKED
PSU: COOLERMASTER SILENT PRO 600W
CD/DVD: SAMSUNG CD/DVD BURNER

Newegg has a deal on the EVGA p55 sli motherboard and EVGA gts450 super clocked video card. You get a $40 discount when you buy the bundle.

It will run just about any game you have at high settings on a 1680X1050 Resolution.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 7, 2010 6:44:44 PM

A video card in a gaming rig is supposed to be 1/3 of you budget or more. The GPU is what does the graphics. The only big things the CPU does are AI and Physics (if applicable).

For gaming purposes

Phenom II x4 955 $140
GA-890GPA-UD3H $120
4 G skill gb Eco ddr3 1600 7-8-7-24 kit $95
spinpoint F3 $75
Cm 690 II case $70
Cheap SATA optical drive $17
XFX 650 W $90 w/ $30 MIR
5850 $260 w/ $20 MIR

$817 after rebates. Can probably combo for some more off.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 7, 2010 7:17:01 PM

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 + HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$874.91
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October 7, 2010 8:09:17 PM

for that budget i definetly agree to support an AMD build with a good GPU such as a GTX 4601gb or a 5850 or even 5770 if you are at 1680x1050 but if your at higher resulutions get a beter GPU

mosox's rig is really good

i have an AMD PHenom II X4 965 and I have no issues about it....save the $ get it and hey if u want to upgrade ur mobo in the future to an AM3+ ur old AM3 CPU will work in it. whereas lga 1156 is an obsolete technology when Sandy Bridge comes out
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a b 4 Gaming
October 9, 2010 6:34:59 AM

The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bo...
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Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
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