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Medium Gaming - Tight Budget

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June 1, 2011 7:43:59 AM

I am looking for advice, comments, suggestions.
I am building a cheap rig for a friends dad. Right now he plays World of Tanks.
High Setting Requirements:
3Ghz - Dual Core CPU
4GB RAM
GeForce 9800 / 512mb or Radeon 4850 / 512mb

I figure if he can run this at high settings, most other games down the road at medium settings should be fine.

Case and HDD are being reused.

Budget: $500

Unfortunately we are looking to upgrade to Win7 HP so there's $100 off the budget.

(keep in mind I'm in Canada so I'm using local stores and newegg.ca):

Build

Athlon II X3 455 $82

Asus M4A785TD-M $70

4GB Patriot DDR3 1333Mhz $40

Sapphire Radeon 5750/1gb $100

Antec VP450 $40

Total:
CPU $82
Mobo $70
RAM $40
GPU $100
PSU $40
OS $100
$432
Tax $56
Shipping $5
$493

Wish I could have gone Intel but doesn't look feasible on this budget.


I used local as much possible because the prices were very similar, and no shipping. (I mostly avoided rebates since I've heard mixed reviews about not receiving them)


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June 1, 2011 9:09:10 PM

You have done what you could there for sure. I would have like to see a slightly more modern board though. 880G or 870. Something with USB 3.0 and maybe even SATA 6GB/s.

Look for an ASRock board perhaps?
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June 1, 2011 9:58:55 PM

Thx for the input. I'd love to be able to add USB 3.0 support, and maybe even 4dimm slots for more RAM eventually if they need it.
Can you suggest anything at a fair price that might meet those targets?
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June 1, 2011 10:18:08 PM

the OS takes a chunk away from your budget...........if he had a pre-built machine already, look for the Windows sticker and that should have a product key on it. then you can get your hands on a disk (which you would need anyway since you are replacing the motherboard on a pre-built system) and re-use the key
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June 1, 2011 10:50:51 PM

The original was a custom build from a local shop and only XP. Even if there was a sticker we might as well upgrade the OS along with the parts.
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June 1, 2011 11:38:54 PM

Not bad at all. I would favor MSI over Biostar simply based on reliability reports, but at your budget it seems like a good choice.
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June 2, 2011 12:15:18 AM

Proximon said:
Not bad at all. I would favor MSI over Biostar simply based on reliability reports, but at your budget it seems like a good choice.


My local store doesn't seem to carry MSI :( 
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