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AMD gaming computer Budget $400 - 580

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November 18, 2010 1:55:08 AM

Budget Range: $400 - 580 Before Rebates. ( I do not believe Rebates WORK.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(Dolphin, Steam), Movies, School Work

Parts Not Required: Hard Drive, Monitor(Speaker Integrated), Chassis

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: United State

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD Athlon 640 or Phenom II X4 955, Radeon 5770/6850, 4gb ddr3/8gb ddr2

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: In the near future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: A decent computer that is easy to setup and also do a bit of photoshop. Am going to need an Windows 7 64 bit as well.

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November 18, 2010 3:05:33 AM
November 18, 2010 3:36:44 AM

You can remove the DVD Drive and HDD. I'll reuse spare dvd drives and WD Velociraptor.
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November 18, 2010 4:01:42 AM

Shouldn't I stay with the Athlon II X4?
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November 18, 2010 4:05:50 AM

^ It depends, that combo is pretty good, gives you a very good quality Crossfire capable mobo...
But if you dont want those, then you can stick with the Athlon X4
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November 18, 2010 9:33:17 PM

Well most of my gaming is going to the Dolpin emulator. My current computer uses an E8400 @ 3.0 GHZ L2 6mb Cache.

Would it be a Downgrade to go for the Athlon II X4 L2 Cache 2mb
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November 18, 2010 10:12:30 PM

Maybe go with the Athlon X4 955BE instead of the 940?
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November 19, 2010 12:21:09 AM

Trueno07 said:
Maybe go with the Athlon X4 955BE instead of the 940?

Theres an Athlon Black Edition? I did not know that.
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November 19, 2010 1:45:55 AM

^ He meant Phenom I guess , AFAIK there are no Black Editions in Athlons...
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November 21, 2010 12:33:35 AM

Is it possible to get a ddr2 motherboard with PCI Express 2.0 Slot?

I'm mainly using this computer for HTPC Gaming (Batman, TF2) while trying to save money.

I won't be upgrading to ddr3 soon I suppose. Only when I need it or have money in the future.
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November 22, 2010 2:08:47 AM

^ Planning to reuse the current parts? And also just noticed that you are using a E8400, IMO for gaming it would still suffice...Upgrade just the graphics card if you want to,...Wait till next year as both AMD and Intel would have newer CPUs and sockets then...
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