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November 25, 2010 1:41:45 AM


BUDGET RANGE: no more than $450

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming: WoW; Heroes of Newerth; Dota 2, net browsing/typical use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (intending to install XP, will upgrade it to 64bit Win7 at a later date) keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker system


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, at least 4 gigs ram

OVERCLOCKING: Little to no skills at OC so, no.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not.


Here's what I've put together so far. Any advice is welcome!

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

APEVIA X-Infinity ATXB6KLW-BK/420 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply *

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX255OCGQBOX

Thank you in advance!

* Forgot about case! Will 430 watt be enough? :\

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November 25, 2010 7:28:34 AM

Combos are your best frens on Egg and hit an 80+ PSU ^^

November 25, 2010 3:21:19 PM

Thanks for the feedback, batuchka! The psu and case + dvd rom is a definite improvement over my build.

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I do not fully understand the triple core over dual core, nor the 460 GTX over my 5770. Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks again!
November 26, 2010 12:45:30 AM

1. X3 the wiser choice over spread of current and incoming gaming titles
The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.

2. The GTX 460 is a better GPU than the HD 5770