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$600 - $700 amd gaming build

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October 21, 2010 8:06:40 AM

Hi
I'm new to this own build thing but i want to give it a shot since buying from premade computers doesnt really give much upgradeability
I'm leaning towards an amd build since they give you the most bang for your back right now than intel
The computer will be for light gaming since I only actually play a few online games
I'm thinking of going for amd 1055T since its a six core and it wouldnt be that bad after a few years
A mobo with a built in video would be nice to start but i would like it if i can add a couple of video cards for crossfire later on
I dont really care much about eye candy when i play games so most of my settings will be set to moderate
And I'm opting to buy an 18 - 20 inch screen after i finish the computer so the resolution would be around 1280 × 1024
I dont look at the computer case that much so it doesnt matter if its not fancy or not as long as everything will fit inside
I think 500 gb of hd memory would be enough for me and about 4 gb of ram since I'm planning to install windows 7 in it

Thank you very much and have a good day
October 21, 2010 8:18:22 AM

Welcome to the forum,

There's a build advice form in my signature that you may wish to fill out.

I would recommend a faster quad core over the 1055T, and you probably wouldn't need to crossfire for your uses, especially at that low resolution.

This comes to around ~$650, and would be very powerful at that resolution

CPU:
  • AMD Phenom II X4 965 -$160-
    MOBO:
  • Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H -$135-
    RAM:
  • Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB -$90-
    GPU:
  • Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 -$150-
    HDD:
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB -$55-
    PSU:
  • SeaSonic S12II 520W -$75-
    +Case

    See what you think.
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    October 21, 2010 10:21:20 AM

    Hmm with HD6k out in like 24-48hrs now i would just wait it out : we could see price revisions ^^
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    October 21, 2010 2:36:28 PM

    I am looking forward to a price drop myself. I would wait on any build until Monday
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    October 21, 2010 2:38:39 PM

    Thank you for the reply
    having that 4 core for now seems a good idea until the 6 core comes cheaper
    i might stick with the built in vid card in the mobo for now as well since ive been seeing problems with the 5XXX vid cards about the grey screens
    if doing so i think i would be able to buy an ssd for booting windows
    what would be the best minimum for an ssd boot drive?
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    October 21, 2010 3:14:30 PM

    If you're going to get a monitor, go for a widescreen at 1600x900, 1680x1050, or 1920x1080, all of which run from ~120-160.

    Go for a 965 or 970 quad core, of bite the $239 bullet for the 1075t hexacore, which is an overclocking MONSTER (4.5 GHz on air has been reported)

    you can probly get by with a 770, 785, 870, or 880 motherboard running $60-90, all are really a single GPU board, with enther just 1 PCIex16 slot, or any second slots running at a horrible 4x speed instead of 16x.

    a single GeForce GTX 460 1 GB should be great on any of those single-gpu motherboards.

    get a 500 GB HDD if you go 6 core, or 1 TB if you go 4 core.

    with the 6XXX due out tomorrow, prices will shift
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