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Which new gaming rig?

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January 27, 2010 1:57:04 PM

I'm weighing the merits of these 2 similarly priced gaming PCs, which is the better choice?

AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz AM3 CPU
ASUS M4A77TD ATX Motherboard
ATI Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video
4 GB PC3-10600 1333 MHz DDR3 Memory
320 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA-II HD


Intel Coreā„¢ 2 Duo 8400 3.0 GHz 1333MHz FSB CPU
Gigabyte GA-P43-ES3G ATX Motherboard
GeForce 9800GT 512MB PCI-E Video
4 GB PC2-6400 800 MHz DDR2 Memory
Seagate 250GB SATA-II HD

Thanks for your advice

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a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2010 4:10:59 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

I would get the 1st option, 'cause have an ATI 5770 that is much better that the 9800GT. Also, have DDR3 against DDR2 of the 2nd option. The HDD is a litte more big.

Also, the 1st option is a quad-core against a dual-core, and the 620 can OC 20% or 30%, so, you can get 3.2GHz without problems.

Now, my question. What is the price of the rig?
January 27, 2010 5:47:30 PM

Thanks saint. I had noticed the 9800 was highly rated in THG's "Best Graphics Cards For The Money"article, and when I saw that the other system's card had twice the VRAM, I wasn't sure if it was because the 9800 was just that good, or what.

The Athlon system also comes with a more powerful PS (550w vs 430w with the Intel) and a fancier case, so I guess that's even more in its favor. Each of these are available from a local computer store for $799
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a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2010 5:51:29 PM

Yea, the 9800GT is a very good GPU but can't defeat the DX11 of the 5770 and the performance of this.

Give me some minutes to build the rig myself.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2010 6:21:16 PM

Ok, here are 2 options to build your self.


1- CPU: Athlon II X4 620

2- Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO

3- RAM: 2x2GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer

4- GPU: ATI HD 5770

5- HDD: Samsung spinpoint F3

6- PSU: Antec 550W

7- Case: Coolermaster HAF 922

8- Keyboard/mouse: Microsoft

9- Monitor: ASUS VW246H

Price: $1,018.9


The only change will be the processor for THIS

Price: $ 1,031.9

If you have monitor, keyboard and mouse can reduce the price of this. Like i see, the $799 will be a good deal if have monitor, keyboard and mouse. Or spend a little more and build yourself.
January 28, 2010 1:49:34 PM

Best answer selected by Jackell.