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November 22, 2010 12:00:13 AM

Hey all, my friend recently asked me to put together a gaming rig that he can get for his son. Its on the budget side but I think it's pretty decent for the price range. We already have an OS disc so that isnt an issue, primarily hardware. Any suggestions are welcome :) 

Parts:
Phenom II 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 870-G45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill DDR3 133 4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ fatal1ty 550w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate 750gb hdd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5750 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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November 22, 2010 12:15:03 AM

What's your budget?
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November 22, 2010 12:31:18 AM

rather than the Phenom II, I recommend the Athlon II X4 640 for $99.

The guarantee's extra cores is worth more than the L3 cache
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November 22, 2010 1:00:40 AM

thanks! as far as the budget, id say around where it is now is probably about it. does everything else seem ok?
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November 22, 2010 12:51:19 PM

Here's some cost saving suggestions:

AMD athlon II X3 450: $78.99. Savings: $9.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AS Rock 770 Extreme 3 motherboard: $69.99 Savings $0.00, but USB3 and SATA 3.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Sea Sonic 520W 80+ Bronze PSU: $59.99. Savings: $5.00 up front (though no rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the saved $14 can go into a better video card: A GTS 450 from Gigabyte is $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 22, 2010 7:11:59 PM

I like the idea for the PSU and GPU, but the CPU seems like it would create a bottleneck for the GTS 450. AS far as the mobo, i was going to use the first one because it has the 2nd PCI-E slot so if he wants to get some better performance, all he would need is a 2nd video card.
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November 22, 2010 7:42:09 PM

an athlon II of any stripe won;t bottleneck a 450, which is at the bottom of midrange cards. Its on a par with a 5770 in power (a little weaker than that, but also $20-30 cheaper)
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June 8, 2012 10:18:39 PM

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