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New budget gaming build under $650

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: Under $650 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light casual Photoshop, internet, streaming movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: Prefer AMD as I have heard I will get the best bang for my buck.

Overclocking: Maybe with help.


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not within the next year.


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Additional Comments: Need an operating system as well. Found some deals on Newegg that come with Windows 7. I have added my own build below and any input would be really appreciated as this is my first one.

OPERATING SYSTEM- Microsoft Windows 7 $99.99
CASE- XION AXP $49.99
Mail-in Rebate $ 10.00 Combo Price: $139.98

Hard drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
$54.99


DVD BURNER- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
$16.99


GRAPHICS CARD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150474&Tpk=XFX%20HD-557X-ZNF2%20Radeon%20HD%205570%201GB
XFX HD-557X-ZNF2 Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $89.99
OR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150451&Tpk=XFX%20GT240XZNFC%20GeForce%20GT%20240%201GB%20128-bit%20DDR3%20PCI
XFX GT240XZNFC GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $89.99

MEMORY- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227558&Tpk=OCZ%20Special%20Ops%20Edition%204GB%20%282%20x%202GB%29%20240-Pin%20DDR3
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK $85.99

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018&Tpk=OCZ%20ModXStream%20Pro%20OCZ700MXSP%20700W%20ATX12V%20V2.2
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... $84.99
Mail-in Rebate $40.00 Combo Price: $145.98
***http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514409

MOTHERBOARD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $114.99
CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX $139.99
Mail-in Rebate $15.00 Combo Price: $234.98
***http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.526569

Total: 682.91 before rebates($65.00)
617.91 after rebates.

Would this be a good build, and since I have some money left over(YAY rebates!) is there any item that I should exchange/upgrade to make this a better system. Thank you in advance for any help and advice. :)
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  1. A better GPU if the main use is going to be gaming. HD5670 as minimum and preferably HD5750 or a similarly performing card (HD4850, GTS250 and GTS450)
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  3. Best answer
    This is the build I would make on a $650 budget. It is pretty well future-proofed for the price. SATA 3 and USB 3 on the board and crossfire ability down the road when you want to upgrade. A 5770 is about the highest power GPU I could fit into the build budget and has more bang than the 5570 you listed or the 450 in the post above. It should play just about anything on high (even with some AA) at your resolution.

    Athlon II x 4 3.0/XFX 5770 - $241 - $221AR (double lifetime warranty on the GPU)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.516523
    Ripjaw RAM 4GB - $75 w/ coupon code EMCZYYV65
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    ASRock Extreme3 mobo - $90 + $3 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198
    Spinpoint 500GB HD/OCZ 600 PSU - $110 - $90AR + $6 ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.525032
    Rosewill Destroyer/Win 7 - $140 (solid budget case with 3 fans stock)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-147-144
    LG w/ Lightscribe - $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136168

    Total: $673 + $9 shipping = $682 initial cost - $40 in rebates = $642 Final total

    You just missed the $30 combo with Windows 7 and the AMD processors, it must have expired in the last couple days. :(
    If you decide to OC you would have to add a better cooler later on.

    EDIT to clarify and fix links
  4. I was wondering if I was able to get XFX HD-4850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150482

    and

    AMD Phenom II X4 955
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    with everything else that maawdawg has in that build, and have it still be compatible together.

    Maybe I missed it but I didn't see a PSU in blackhawk192s build, and adding in another $75 or so would put it close to $700, add an OS would be needed as well, so that would put me over what I can spend at this time.

    As far as the RAM goes, is there a noticeable difference between the Ripjaw RAM 4GB and the OCZ Gold 4GB in the builds suggested. I like the lower price of the OCZ, but is it as reliable as the Ripjaw?

    Thank you all again for the help with this.
  5. That is certainly a better processor but it is definitely a step back in the GPU. I don't think the L3 cache is worth the tradeoff personally. The 4850 is comparable to a 5750, the 4870 is comparable to the 5770 (a bit better performance actually). The 4xxx series cards are a generation older, run hotter, draw more power, and don't support DirectX 11. I don't know if that PSU would do crossfire 4800s well later on, with the higher power draw.

    If you really want the L3 cache you could always go with a Phenom II x 3 Heka ($89) instead of the Athlon x4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103699

    and then still get a 5770 at about the same budget by either going with the XFX 5770 listed in my first post (lifetime warranty) for $155 - $135AR, or if you aren't too worried about warranty go with the HIS (not sure on warranty) for $140 - $120AR and save $15.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338

    EDIT: also, when posting links just copy paste them in, you don't have to hit the url button or anything. They will work fine that way. :)
  6. Considering your expectations from your 650$ future computer, this is my suggestion. Good luck on your build!


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    Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157176 - 59.99

    SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102873 - 144.99

    Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
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    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
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    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103872 - 74.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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    total: 641$
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