I need some ....ok ALOT of advice on a medium gaming rig

I have been trying to catch up on whats new and cool in the hardware world but I after reading these forums I think Im just going to man up and ask for some help. I built my last PC 7 years ago but decided to buy prebuilt PCs after that, which is why Im out of the loop.

Im hoping to keep the price between 5-600 dollars. I dont play graphic intensive games (I play, WoW, TF2, Portal, L4D, EQ2)... but I do game alot. I dont have to have everything on ultra high, Id just rather have smooth framerates ect.

Anyhoo, I dont need a huge HD (250 is fine as thats what Ive been using for the last 2 years and its been more than enough)

Obviously I dont need SLI or anything crazy like that.
dont need drives, mouse/KB/ect

4GB of ram will be perfect and depending on what you guys think I was looking at the AMD phenom x4

I guess my biggest question is the video card, as I need it to run on a 25-27 inch LCD. and the mobo as I probably will just build another computer in 2 years so I dont need some super expensive expandable thing.

Anyways, thanks for any advice.
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  1. Oh one more quick thing, Im only interested in nvida cards :/
  2. FishFUNK said:
    Oh one more quick thing, Im only interested in nvida cards :/


    Lol.

    Anyhoo, specific games/your screen resolution would be the fist step to figuring out what you need.
  3. FishFUNK said:
    Oh one more quick thing, Im only interested in nvida cards :/
    Just out of curiosity: why? I think pretty much everyone now would agree that NVidia didn't impress anyone since the G92 core 4 years ago. For a few month until their new GTX 460 came out they didn't even had a single card in the "best GPU for the money" monthly article. Just saying you shouldn't toss-out ATI for no reason.
  4. Zenthar said:
    Just out of curiosity: why? I think pretty much everyone now would agree that NVidia didn't impress anyone since the G92 core 4 years ago. For a few month until their new GTX 460 came out they didn't even had a single card in the "best GPU for the money" monthly article. Just saying you shouldn't toss-out ATI for no reason.


    I have owned 2 ATI cards and they both gave me massive amounts of problems while the Nvidias Ive had have been very very good for me. I suppose I could give ATI another shot, Im just a little wary.
  5. sp12 said:
    Lol.

    Anyhoo, specific games/your screen resolution


    Uhmm the best I can get!? :whistle:

    The games I player are listed in the OP if thats what you mean. Im sorry, I probably sound rude.. Are you wanting the specific resolution for each game?
  6. I wasn't sure on the..... are you hoping to keep up with new releases like HL3/Portal2 with reduced graphical settings for a bit? I assume the 25-27 in LCD is 1920*1080, which is a decently demanding resolution.
  7. Yes and no? if that makes any sense.. Id like to be able to play them decently but obviously, I know with a 600ish dollar limit its going to be....for lack of a better word... limited. Im not too terribly worried about playing on ultra high all the time.. I can get over that pretty quick. So yea I guess Im looking to make old games better yets still be able to play the new games decently.
  8. oh, $600 is a solid budget, even for 1920x1080 gaming.


    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard drive: $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682215218
    fast hard drive, plenty big enough

    Gigabyte HD6850: $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348
    top flight vid card

    SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze PSU: $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094
    reliable, 80+ Bronze.

    G.Skill 4 GB dual-channel DDR3-1333: $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    Rosewill Destroyer case + Liteon DVD burner: $63.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.542816
    a solid case and cheap dvd burner. what more do you ask?

    4 Rosewill 120MM Fans: $14.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200062
    fills out all 7 slots on the case. Nice blue LED for cool effects.

    Athlon II X3 445 and AS Rock 770 Motherboard: $128.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.547178

    total: $577.92
    Shipping: 16.29
    Total: $594.21
  9. to be honest, any setup including 9600gt or 9800gt cards will let you game at that res.

    I run crysis on 9600gt with no problems, you just have to enable or disable AA (antialiasing ) settings in games to have that 1000% + in performance (a little of exageration but yeah its a fast card) especially when you consider you can get a new one off ebay for 60.00

    where are you located?


    AMDX4 quad 3.0 for about a hundred now
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