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October 18, 2010 4:21:50 PM

Hello everyone,

this is going to be my first PC. To be honest, I got this build from another suggestion I found while crawling around the forum. I was just wondering if this build would allow future upgrades in the coming years. Of course, if you guys have some suggestions to the build, I would love to hear them. I would still like to remain in the 500-600$ range, excluding the monitor.

Monitor 140$
eMachines E233Hbd Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU and DVD reader combo 75$
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

mobo and case combo 140$
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

IN WIN Griffin (Yellow) Black / Yellow ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU and Memory 280$
ZOTAC ZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SR1333LV4GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU140$
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total: 785$ - 65$ mail-in rebate
around 720$?

Also, I have been a big user of intel CPUs. I have heard that AMD is pretty good and is a bit cheaper. All I really want to do is play games like Starcraft II, Fallout 3/New Vegas, Mass Effect 1/2.

Will this be enough...?

Thanks guys C:
[edit]: got the gigabyte 790GX mobo, upgraded GPU ram to 1gb, please check if my revisions will still work :3

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October 18, 2010 4:30:48 PM

u got a good build there.... but that mobo is good but a gen old and biostar is meh

id look for a GIGABITE or Asus mobo the 790gx of 890gx....

also for ULTRA a 768mb might do it but to be safe a 1gb 460 would be better

though for the build you are going id recommend and ATI card so you can crossfire later on ill look through some deals to save you some $ otherwise build looks good

and yes AMD is better bang for the buck
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October 18, 2010 4:35:41 PM

IMO this is the categorie where amd and intel converge when it comes to gaming bang for buck. Lower amd wins and higher intel wins.

I'd stick to amd though given the cost of an intel board.

I'm pretty sure that will max out the games you mentioned as I've maxed them all with my 470 easily which isn't that much better.

I would however upgrade the mobo and gpu. The gpu to a 1gb 460gtx and the mobo to something a bit more gaming oriented.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this gpu costs 200 and is a good 20% orso faster.

personally I'd get this one which is extremly fast for 210 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 18, 2010 4:45:57 PM

or wait 2-3 days for the 6k series to come out and get an ATI card for cheap
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October 18, 2010 4:51:23 PM

jasonp12 said:
or wait 2-3 days for the 6k series to come out and get an ATI card for cheap

if I were to wait a few days, which ATI card would you recommend?
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October 18, 2010 4:53:46 PM

depends on the specs of the new 6k series and their prices and how they affect other prices....

if rumors are true an 6850 would be a good buy as its rumored to be around 200-250$ or so and its better then a 5850.....so well have to wait and see what happens
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October 18, 2010 5:11:18 PM

Wheres these rumors I wanna see, theres no way.
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October 18, 2010 5:12:50 PM

Rumors are rarely true. If you can wait and see otherwise you can't go wrong with a 460. 6xxx series are just a refresh anyways fermi(which powers a 460) is actually newer and more revolutionary than what you'll see in the new ati cards.
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October 18, 2010 5:29:35 PM

Somebody_007 said:
Rumors are rarely true. If you can wait and see otherwise you can't go wrong with a 460. 6xxx series are just a refresh anyways fermi(which powers a 460) is actually newer and more revolutionary than what you'll see in the new ati cards.



Somebody knowns whats ups.
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October 18, 2010 5:29:46 PM

I made some edits to coincide with everyone's comments! Could someone check them over to see if it will work...?
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October 18, 2010 6:04:30 PM

and 1080p i didnt think the one he selected was 1080p?
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October 25, 2010 2:23:53 PM

Best answer selected by qtreadzsd.
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