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May 22, 2012 1:07:30 AM

Hi, I want to buy a new gaming desktop but I am not sure if the PC I want is good or if it is just an ok PC. I want the best for gaming but I only have 800 dollars.
The possible specs are:
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 550
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 550W
Mother Board: ASRock 970 EXTREME3
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 2 x 4
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
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May 22, 2012 1:28:53 AM

If you want the best gaming rig for your money then you need to go with an Intel cpu , an i5-2500k would be a good start and a motherboard to match.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121.99

The rest of the build is ok and should work fine with the change to Inte.

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May 22, 2012 1:50:32 AM

I'd like to advise against a coolermaster PSU, I haven't owned one but a good group of people i know on TH avoid their PSU's like the plague.

Maybe have a look at an Antec PSU or Seasonic. Get modular if you can afford it. it's really good for keeping wires tame and will help improve your Case airflow.

Remember that the PSU is the heart of your system, if that dies it has a good chance of killing off the rest of your hardware.
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May 22, 2012 1:56:29 AM

CrestfallenDesign said:
I'd like to advise against a coolermaster PSU, I haven't owned one but a good group of people i know on TH avoid their PSU's like the plague.

Maybe have a look at an Antec PSU or Seasonic. Get modular if you can afford it. it's really good for keeping wires tame and will help improve your Case airflow.

Remember that the PSU is the heart of your system, if that dies it has a good chance of killing off the rest of your hardware.

Maybe a corsair builder of 600W?
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May 22, 2012 2:45:54 AM

What country and state are you from? its easier for people to figure out pricing for you if they know it doesnt have to be shipped to another country.

Here's a link to an Antec 520w Modular Power supply with good reliability reviews.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
It's $99 from the Pc shop i buy from but i live in Australia so guessing your american it'd be a lot cheaper over there.
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May 23, 2012 12:41:39 AM

CrestfallenDesign said:
What country and state are you from? its easier for people to figure out pricing for you if they know it doesnt have to be shipped to another country.

Here's a link to an Antec 520w Modular Power supply with good reliability reviews.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
It's $99 from the Pc shop i buy from but i live in Australia so guessing your american it'd be a lot cheaper over there.

Im from Costa Rica :??: 
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May 23, 2012 12:57:33 AM

Your prices in Costa Rica will be a little bit higher than here I would imagine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here are a couple of charts to help you to see where parts fall in the order of best to worst.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

As you can see in the cpu chart AMD is not competitive untill you get a little futher down the levels.
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May 29, 2012 1:48:42 AM

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