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Can this $400 Gaming Build be beat?

Is there anything else I can do (promos/coupon codes/changing parts) to get this system cost down while maintaining equal performance?

CPU:
AMD x3 Rana 3.2GHz
+
Motherboard:
Biostar A880G
$118.98


Case:
Rosewill Destroyer
$49.98

GPU:
ATI 5750
$99.99 + $20 mail in rebate

Hard Drive:
500GB Hitachi $38.99
$3.99 shipping

Optical:
Samsung DVD Burner
$20.99

Memory:
Rendition 4GB DDR3
$38.99

Power Supply:
Apex DL500exp
$44.99
$4.99 shipping

So Im looking at $434 shipped before the 20 MIR. The GPU doesnt have to be a 5750, as long as its as strong as a 4850. This is strictly for running iRacing which just uses two cores at the moment.
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  1. the i3/2100 w/H67 based board would cost perhaps $40 more, but offer much stronger performance in nearly all games, equal to assorted X4-based rigs clocked 700-900 MHz faster...
  2. Most of the benches I have seen say a higher clocked X3 is better than lower clocked quad

    So either
    X3 450 + Biostar 880g $144
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.643098

    or real budget

    X3 450 + Biostar 770 $119
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.643110
    [ some things are too cheap]


    Antec 300 + antec 430 watt psu $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065

    The hitachi hard drive isnt a performer either so maybe the seagate 7200.12 320 gig for $34?
  3. +1 mdd
  4. Outlander_04 said:
    Most of the benches I have seen say a higher clocked X3 is better than lower clocked quad

    So either
    X3 450 + Biostar 880g $144
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.643098

    or real budget

    X3 450 + Biostar 770 $119
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.643110
    [ some things are too cheap]


    Antec 300 + antec 430 watt psu $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065

    The hitachi hard drive isnt a performer either so maybe the seagate 7200.12 320 gig for $34?


    Thanks that really helps my search!

    When yoi say my hard drive isnt a good performer, how do you mean?
  5. mdd1963 said:
    the i3/2100 w/H67 based board would cost perhaps $40 more, but offer much stronger performance in nearly all games, equal to assorted X4-based rigs clocked 700-900 MHz faster...


    Agree that the i3 is a stronger performer, but I do have a budget, and the x3 or x2 chips will do the job. If there is a way to keep an i3 build at $400 with a gpu woth equal power to the 4850 or 5750, then Im game!

    Thanks again. I really appreciate any input.
  6. kurtcrosbie said:
    Thanks that really helps my search!

    When yoi say my hard drive isnt a good performer, how do you mean?



    how fast a hard drive can load and save files is important to how responsive a computer is .
  7. Outlander_04 said:
    how fast a hard drive can load and save files is important to how responsive a computer is .


    So as for actual gaming performance, the hard drive does not matter?
  8. ^ Not really, though IMO, the Hitachi is a solid brand. Why else would WD buy them instead of Samsung.
  9. kurtcrosbie said:
    So as for actual gaming performance, the hard drive does not matter?



    There will be little effect on FPS , but you will wait longer for games to load
  10. 465$ total, sorry forgot to count HDD ^^
  11. ammar711 said:


    Thats a good looking i3 build, but why would one go with a gts450 over a 5750 or a 5770 for the same price, especially considering they support Eyefinity?
  12. Cause I actually had bad memories with ATi ^^
    it's something personal in general u can go with the ATi 5770 if u want.
    BTW total is 465$ not 425$, I forgot to count HDD .
  13. Why go with the 5770 at all or even the 450 GTS when you have this. Granted no reviews yet, but expect at least 10% better than the 5770.
    PowerColor 6770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131434&cm_re=6770-_-14-131-434-_-Product
  14. aznshinobi said:
    Why go with the 5770 at all or even the 450 GTS when you have this. Granted no reviews yet, but expect at least 10% better than the 5770.
    PowerColor 6770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131434&cm_re=6770-_-14-131-434-_-Product



    Well, it costs waaaaaay more...
  15. How so.... The 5770 is 110, the 450 GTS is 120$ as well. I don't see the difference in price.

    If your referring to MIR, then sure. But IMO, MIRs are a rip and some companies, even reputable ones, don't honor their MIRs.
  16. aznshinobi said:
    How so.... The 5770 is 110, the 450 GTS is 120$ as well. I don't see the difference in price.

    If your referring to MIR, then sure. But IMO, MIRs are a rip and some companies, even reputable ones, don't honor their MIRs.



    Oh oops. I you said 6770, not 5770, and I thought the 6770 was like $170.
  17. Best answer
    Your thinking 6850.

    The 6770 is the same price as the 5770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131434&cm_re=6770-_-14-131-434-_-Product
    For much more performance, expect 10-25% when reviews come out. The 6950 was replacing the 5850 so look here.

    6950 vs 5850
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/295?vs=293

    Your thinking the 6850 replaces the 5850 right? No, it was more of a price filler, so was the 6870. They were in a way to replace the 5770 and 5750, but of course the price made it not so much. So what I like to think of the 6850 and 6870 as are competitors to mid-range Nvidia cards.
  18. Cause actually the 5770 & the gts450 have mail rebate so it will cost about 30$ less than the 6770
  19. The only reason that made choose the ATi 5770 or the gts450 instead of the 6770 is that they have 30$ mail in rebate and it is already way out of budget
  20. ammar711 said:
    The only reason that made choose the ATi 5770 or the gts450 instead of the 6770 is that they have 30$ mail in rebate and it is already way out of budget


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-game-performance-radeon-hd-6670,2935-3.html
    Go ahead and get the 5770, and try to get the MIR. As it says in the article, the 6770 is a re-branded 5770 (though if you want to upgrade later, it would be easier to sell a 6770, as it's newer). With that, it looks like a pretty solid build for your price point. It could always go for a GPU upgrade in the future too, something like a 6850, like I have with my i3.
  21. OH SNAP! The 6770 is rebranded. I'm a bit suprised by AMD's approach on this. I was wondering where the reviews were. Well I expected the 6770 to just be a new card as the 6670 and the Turks, Caicos, etc blah blah. were all new with way more performance than their predecessor.
  22. Best answer selected by kurtcrosbie.
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