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November 15, 2011 2:56:05 AM

PLEASE HELP ME BUYING A BUDGET BUILD
I have decided to buy a new pc (only cpu , motherboard and ram)
I have 1) WD CAVIAR BLUE 500GB SATA III HDD
2) ATI READON HD 4650 1 GB DDR3 (MSI)
3)450w psu
4)720p monitor
5)Win 7 ultimate 64bit
I have only $250 for cpu + mb + ram
The local store give me 2 choices to buy
AMD system
AMD Phenom ii x4 955be
ASUS m4a88t m le
ADATA 1600 mhz dual channel 2x2 gb ram cl 7 at 1.6v (I have a confusion to buy either 1600mhz cl7 or 1333mhz cl9 which is better)
Intel system
intel i3 2100
intel h61 or asus h61 motherboard
8gb dd3 1600mhz dual channel ram
I want to play only games at 720p medium settings
(I have decided to buy a 7000 series high end like(6950 or 6970) when it comes
And also a seasonic 750w psu + CM hyper 212+ cooler in new year)
PLEASE help me I am going to buy the cpu , mb ,ram today
November 15, 2011 3:41:23 AM

noone is suggesting anything
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November 15, 2011 3:54:49 AM

i suppose you won't do any overclocking? if not, I would suggest to get the amd, but you should ask for 8gb of ram (same as intel build).

If you're planning to overclock, i'd go for the intel build...but first you should check whether the motherboard has that capability.

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November 15, 2011 4:00:26 AM

if you're going to buy a budget gaming PC, the most important things are the card and then the cpu. Why spend that much when 4GB Ram PC1600 or 1333 is only like $35 on newegg. A Phenom 4 BE is more than sufficient. Currently, around the 100 price range you can get great cards. I personally recommend 6770 or 5770 for budget. and 750W PSU is way more than what you need for your parts. Your actual Post doesn't make sense, you want a budget build but going with higher end PSU and most powerful single GPU? Sorry but I am a little confused.
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November 15, 2011 4:11:50 AM

itsxiao said:
if you're going to buy a budget gaming PC, the most important things are the card and then the cpu. Why spend that much when 4GB Ram PC1600 or 1333 is only like $35 on newegg. A Phenom 4 BE is more than sufficient. Currently, around the 100 price range you can get great cards. I personally recommend 6770 or 5770 for budget. and 750W PSU is way more than what you need for your parts. Your actual Post doesn't make sense, you want a budget build but going with higher end PSU and most powerful single GPU? Sorry but I am a little confused.

As i have mentioned that i am going to buy the new gfx card (7000) in q1 2012 and a new psu for it, i want my new cpu should not bottleneck my new card.
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November 15, 2011 4:17:08 AM

cumi2k4 said:
i suppose you won't do any overclocking? if not, I would suggest to get the amd, but you should ask for 8gb of ram (same as intel build).

If you're planning to overclock, i'd go for the intel build...but first you should check whether the motherboard has that capability.

Yes i'll overclock the cpu in future when i get the amd 7000 series gpu and a new psu. For only overclocking i am buying the CM hyper 212+ after 2 weeks
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November 15, 2011 4:45:25 AM

theuniquegamer said:
Yes i'll overclock the cpu in future when i get the amd 7000 series gpu and a new psu. For only overclocking i am buying the CM hyper 212+ after 2 weeks


You know, as far as i know, your pick of motherboard does not allow overclocking (or very little)... you might want to look around a bit before deciding to go with this type. I'm not familiar with recent builds but from what i read it seems this type (H61) is not an overclocking board.
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November 15, 2011 1:00:33 PM

Cumi has it backwards, if you plan on overclocking go with the amd build, if you dont go with the 2100 as it is multiplier locked therefore only has somewhere around a 100mhz oc possibility.
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November 15, 2011 3:35:26 PM

You're going about this all wrong.
First off, don't buy an HD right now. If you have to, ransack an old system for a temporary solution. You'll waste too much money on the HD that you could spend on other components or a better HD when supply isn't so low.
Second, don't buy Windows Ultimate. There's no reason you need anything more than Home Premium for a gaming system.
Third, your monitor: Be sure on your intended plans. You say you are only planning on playing 720p with medium settings, but then you talk about buying a next generation graphics card when it comes out. If you only want 720p medium settings, just buy a midrange current gen or higher range previous gen graphics card and save yourself making two purchases. If you are wanting something more powerful, spend a little more now and get a good monitor instead of regretting it later.
Don't bother with the later 750 watt power supply. You don't need that much. Even if you were going to run crossfire or SLI, a 500-600 watt would probably be fine. Do be sure that you are buying a good brand. Power Supply is not something you want to go too cheap on.
If you want to avoid bottlenecks, you need to go for a bit better processor. The Intel choice shouldn't even be in consideration because H61 is the wrong chipset.

Too much more to go into right now. You seem confused as to whether you want a budget gaming system or something more powerful in a few months. Let me know what exactly you are wanting the system for and I'll try and give some better advice.
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