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February 3, 2011 6:45:46 AM

Hello, I would like to know the best possible setup for a computer, excluding a monitor, for gaming for a price around $550-$650

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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
February 3, 2011 8:40:51 AM

Well I have a decent setup for 450$ and 600$ you could check them out in my siggy, What resolution will you be playing at is the question?

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February 3, 2011 4:23:17 PM

I would start here in newegg's latest email special:

AMD Athlon II X4 640

ASUS AM3 AMD 780L Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (Model:M4A78LT-M LE)

Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM

LG Black 24X DVD+/-R SATA DVD Burner - OEM

COOLER MASTER Elite Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Elite 460W Power Supply (Model:RC-310-OWR460)

Combo price is $280 AR

5770 for $100 AR

Windows Home premium for $90 with promo code EMCKHKG22

Get a better PSU
Antec Neo 620W $45 AR and $5 promo code EMCKHKJ42

Total is $520 Excellent deal with the combo discount.
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February 3, 2011 4:30:36 PM

Right at your budget I would suggest

Phenom II 955 $150

ASRock 870 extreme3 $90

RAM 2x2GB ~$55

Case ~55 (whatever you want)

PSU $45 (same as above)

GPU 5770 $100

OS Home premium $90

Optical Drive $20

HDD 1TB ~$55

Total is $660.

This gets you a motherboard with more features and the option to crossfire later as well as a more powerfull Processor.
February 3, 2011 8:48:43 PM

My plan is to simply connect the tower to my 32" flat screen with a VGA, that's why I don't want a monitor price included.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
February 4, 2011 12:18:16 AM

Well my 600$ build w/ the 6850 and Rana would give you the best graphical performance. Sure sure, the 445/450 isn't a quad or a Phenom. But as far as gaming goes, its more GPU than CPU. The only time the CPU has effects are in games that suck at coding (GTA 4) or RTS (SC2). Other than that it would run fine. The 6850 won't run the games you want at max, but it'll do the job better than the 5770 and 460. Also run at a better quality. (The 6850 has HDMI so, most LCDs use that anyway).

Reason for 6850 over 460 (I do have it in my build as a recommendation too though):
February 14, 2011 1:57:49 AM

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