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My 2 sons & I are building our first mid level gaming comp, on a very tight budget Specs will be as follows:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition ($170) or AMD FX-4100 Quad-Core ($120)
M/B: GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ ($135) or a comparable Asus or MSI
RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 ($60)
PSU: Rocketfish 550W (Free=Have)
Video card: ????????
O/S: Windows 7 w/ a dual boot of a Linux flavor later on.
Uses: basic browsing, tons of d/l 'ing, low end (Age of Empires) to high end (BF3) gaming, DVD ripping & conversion, etc

My questions are these:

1) My friend is selling a nVidia Radeon 8800 GTX video card for $75. All the comparably priced cards I've researched have horrible benchmarks (CPUBenchmark dot net). Given it's age, is this card worth the $75 given the above listed components, & uses?
2) Any suggestions as to better performing/priced components, to get the most bang for my bucks (5 teenagers eat me out of house and home, lol)?

I am posting this in the homebuilt section too, so if this is the wrong section mods, I am sorry. Thanks in advance for any & all advice, short or indepth.

Jack
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  1. 1. Just to clarify there is no such thing as a nvidia Radeon 880GTX , there is however a Nvidia 8800 GTX and yes the card is quite old and even worse is it's used. I would consider it if it were new but not being used.
    2. This is a very good video card for your build and it is a better card than the 8800 although it is a little bit more money , it shouldn't break the bank.

    EVGA 01G-P3-1352-KR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $119.99 and a $15 rebate that makes it $104.99.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130679
  2. Will you be willing to spend a little more for an i5-2500k system? :)
  3. why is the ram so expensive?

    could also opt for a gtx 550 ti, which is better then the gts 450. roughly the same price though. you don't want that 8800 at that price. Try to get your two sons to "throw down" as well. Teach them a couple of lessons while building this machine (not telling you how to parent your children, or implying anything)

    You can get 4 gigs of ram for like 20 bucks on sale from newegg if you keep an eye out for it, take that $40 saved and invest it back into your gpu. for example not on sale ram is 30.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    it also appears that you don't have a case, good cheap one is the antec 300 illusion 39.99 after rebate 50.00 before. This case is also on sale often.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_sp=Cat_Computer_Cases-_-Spotlight-_-11-129-066
  4. Where are you purchasing your items from? Give us your budget, which parts you already own, and either me or somebody will suggest what you should buy

    The 8800 gtx is comparable to a 6750, but it will use alot of power and is fairly outdated, so I wouldnt really recommend it, and I think $75 is too much to pay for it.

    Also I would suggest you build around the i3-2100.

    The i3-2100 is much more capable for gaming when compared to the FX-4100
  5. A GTX 460 isnt a bad option either , would better than a 450
  6. tough to find 460s for cheap, but it is a better card than the 550 ti, I think it consumes more power...but I tend not to care too much in that regard.
  7. thesnappyfingers said:
    why is the ram so expensive?

    could also opt for a gtx 550 ti, which is better then the gts 450. roughly the same price though. you don't want that 8800 at that price. Try to get your two sons to "throw down" as well. Teach them a couple of lessons while building this machine (not telling you how to parent your children, or implying anything)

    You can get 4 gigs of ram for like 20 bucks on sale from newegg if you keep an eye out for it, take that $40 saved and invest it back into your gpu. for example not on sale ram is 30.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    it also appears that you don't have a case, good cheap one is the antec 300 illusion 39.99 after rebate 50.00 before. This case is also on sale often.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_sp=Cat_Computer_Cases-_-Spotlight-_-11-129-066


    Oh the boys are throwing down on this for us. its a 60x20x20 split.i mistyped the ram specs, it is actually 4 - 2GB sticks=8GB total, 2 sets @ $30 each, my bad. I was also considering Corsaire Vengence 16GB kit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233235

    Is 16GB overkill on the RAM?
    i like the gtx 550 ti benchmarks & price point(about) $50 more) thanks.
  8. 16 is way overkill, you would be fine with 4 gigs, but most people get 8, to future proof a bit, as ram is so cheap.

    you should opt for dual channel ram,

    1 set a 2x4 gigs config.
  9. nero8762 said:
    Oh the boys are throwing down on this for us. its a 60x20x20 split.i mistyped the ram specs, it is actually 4 - 2GB sticks=8GB total, 2 sets @ $30 each, my bad. I was also considering Corsaire Vengence 16GB kit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233235

    Is 16GB overkill on the RAM?
    i like the gtx 550 ti benchmarks & price point(about) $50 more) thanks.

    Or a 6850. But what is your total budget?
  10. amuffin said:
    Will you be willing to spend a little more for an i5-2500k system? :)



    possibly, as long as its reasonable. I was admiring the i5-2500k, hehehe
  11. nero8762 said:
    possibly, as long as its reasonable. I was admiring the i5-2500k, hehehe

    IF you get an i5-2500k now it will server you many years to come, and then when needed you can upgrade to ivybridge because it will use the same socket.
  12. amirp said:
    Where are you purchasing your items from? Give us your budget, which parts you already own, and either me or somebody will suggest what you should buy

    The 8800 gtx is comparable to a 6750, but it will use alot of power and is fairly outdated, so I wouldnt really recommend it, and I think $75 is too much to pay for it.

    Also I would suggest you build around the i3-2100.

    The i3-2100 is much more capable for gaming when compared to the FX-4100



    Ok Amirp:

    I plan on purchasing from New Egg, Tiger Direct, Amazon, , & Micro Center (web & store here in MD).
    I already own : Samsung 320GB SpinPoint SATA HDD, 550W Rocketfish power supply, Razer Lycosa keyboard, generic mouse, Crappy 19"Acer monitor w/VGA/DVI (going to buy a new one soon after build is complete). Build can last past X-Mas holiday break to buy better components as I get paid, but I want it done by end of January.

    I'd like the budget to stay closer to $400, but no more than $600.

    Thanks
  13. nero8762 said:
    Ok Amirp:

    I plan on purchasing from New Egg, Tiger Direct, Amazon, , & Micro Center (web & store here in MD).
    I already own : Samsung 320GB SpinPoint SATA HDD, 550W Rocketfish power supply, Razer Lycosa keyboard, generic mouse, Crappy 19"Acer monitor w/VGA/DVI (going to buy a new one soon after build is complete). Build can last past X-Mas holiday break to buy better components as I get paid, but I want it done by end of January.

    I'd like the budget to stay closer to $400, but no more than $600.

    Thanks

    i5-2500k $220
    Gigabyte z68x-ud3h $170
    Gtx 460 $160
  14. Best answer
    I5-2500k- Microcenter $190ish pending taxes (they might have good combo on mobos, I just don't know them, no microcenter for me)

    Mobo- Newegg- 124.99 114.99 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Gtx 560- Newegg EVGA- 179.99 164.99 after MIR (good brand, good warranty) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16814130660

    OR

    Gtx 560- tigerdirect- gigabyte- 169.99 (with coupon) 154.99 after MIR http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1284271&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=Es5Ekr9eEBk-yollqsyNtxkFJL9I2GyAtA

    roughly $500.00 before MIR, roughly 470 after MIR. Keep in mind that you have to jump on some of these deals.

    also you did not mention a case, so throw in a haf 912 for 60.00 50 after mir.
  15. thesnappyfingers said:
    I5-2500k- Microcenter $190ish pending taxes (they might have good combo on mobos, I just don't know them, no microcenter for me)

    Mobo- Newegg- 124.99 114.99 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Gtx 560- Newegg EVGA- 179.99 164.99 after MIR (good brand, good warranty) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16814130660

    OR

    Gtx 560- tigerdirect- gigabyte- 169.99 (with coupon) 154.99 after MIR http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1284271&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=Es5Ekr9eEBk-yollqsyNtxkFJL9I2GyAtA

    roughly $500.00 before MIR, roughly 470 after MIR. Keep in mind that you have to jump on some of these deals.

    also you did not mention a case, so throw in a haf 912 for 60.00 50 after mir.

    they give you 50 bucks off of mobo
  16. also forgot a optical drive, so 20.00 additional bucks max.

    amuffin said:
    they give you 50 bucks off of mobo


    in that case you might have to do a bit of shopping, and figure out the deals from micro, I have never really looked into them. As stated previously, they are not an option for me.
  17. Best answer selected by nero8762.
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