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Advice for my $900 gaming build

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December 13, 2010 5:25:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week

Budget Range: $900 after shipping and MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, movies, MSFT office

Parts Not Required: Desk and chair

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I prefer newegg.com, Tigerdirect, and amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No particular preference

Overclocking: Yes please

SLI or Crossfire: No plans for dual GPU

Monitor Resolution: 1650x1080

Additional Comments: Want something that will last 3-5 years and can play most games.

Here are the parts I've picked out already:

Keyboard and Mouse $20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Coolermaster HAF 912 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - Asus 22 inch $139 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - HIS Radeon 5850 $169.99 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo $214.98
Motherboard - Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX
Harddrive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 560 BE $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - Gskill Ripjaws $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair 650W $51.99 after MIR and 10% promo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler/HSF - Cooler Master Hyper 212 $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Misc. - Artic Silver 5 $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $960.19 before MIR and $890.16 after MIR


Any suggestions on the CPU/Mobo and Video card build?

I plan on unlocking the cores and overclocking the 560. Should I up it to a 965 instead and downgrade the mobo?

I read a ton about the best value video cards and chose that HIS 5580 because at $169 after MIR it seems like a steal. Is there any other video card out there that would provide me with more value?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
December 13, 2010 5:43:28 PM

I do have a Microcenter near me and was actually thinking of picking up the i950 for $200. Thats over my budget though. Is the 965BE worth $50 over the 560 if I plan on unlocking and overclocking anyway?

I'm not sure if the monitor you posted is as good as the 22" for me as I'm mainly playing games.

I'm definitely gonna check out Microcenter though for the great bundles. Thanks!

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December 13, 2010 6:00:38 PM

1. Unlock + Stable is a bonus not a given
2. $10 top up moving from 1680 x 1050/22" to 1920 x 1080/23" is a good move hehe
3. You are welcomed ^^
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December 13, 2010 11:08:06 PM

OK the video card I wanted is out of stock now. I should have pulled the trigger sooner as that was a great deal for a 5850.

Have to choose a new card now under $200. Which would you guys recommend?

460 GTX or Radeon 6850?
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