Revised Budget Build $600~

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  1. GTX460 is a nice foundation for any basic build used for gaming, but, keep in mind the Intel i5 quads will typically outframe the X4 cpus, even if the former is left at stock 400 Mhz clock speed deficit.....(hoping for an X4 at 4.0 GHz OC to equal a 3.06 GHz i5 is not really worthy of any $50 cost savings) THe difference is less noticeable the higher resolutions/ settings you game at, until fairly darn small at 1080p or above....

    However, if the budget only allows an X4, they do work...
  2. mdd1963 said:
    GTX460 is a nice foundation for any basic build used for gaming, but, keep in mind the Intel i5 quads will typically outframe the X4 cpus, even if the former is left at stock 400 Mhz clock speed deficit.....(hoping for an X4 at 4.0 GHz OC to equal a 3.06 GHz i5 is not really worthy of any $50 cost savings) THe difference is less noticeable the higher resolutions/ settings you game at, until fairly darn small at 1080p or above....

    However, if the budget only allows an X4, they do work...


    This is unexpected, but someone just gave me their used PNY 9800 GX2. I'm not sure whether or not this should affect my decision on keeping the GTX 460, but it will save me some money that I can spend on a better CPU or something. From what I've heard, this card tends to overheat, but it's decent. Note, this was from 2008, so is this obsolete compared to today's cards?

    BTW, my budget is flexible around the $600-$700 range.
  3. Just as well that the OCZ PSU is out of stock; you can get the superior 650W Earthwatts for $50 or $55 if you play the rebate game and win.
  4. Anything on the PNY 9800 GX2
  5. The 9800 GX2 is old, but it's a good card still, especially for a freebie going towards a 600 dollar system. I would use the extra money to now upgrade your other hardware and just keep in mind that your next upgrade will be the graphics card.
  6. Like which parts? The CPU and Motherboard? Perhaps, I should buy a blur-ray burner?
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