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  1. DirtyGnome New Member

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    I think my system specs pretty well cover how hopelessly obsolete my system is. I've been "gaming" on $300 Compaq refurb with $250 worth of upgrades put in over the past 5 years. I'm looking to spend no more than $600(shooting for <$550) in parts to make a computer that will keep me gaming until I'm out of school(3-5 years). I've been searching the web for the best cost/performance parts, and came up with this list, which seems good, but never having built my own system before, I came here to see if the vets could find better places to cut corners, or save me from an expensive newbie mistake. :D

    I already have an Antec 300, and an optical drive(16x IDE DVD Writer), so I think I'm set there, but my 5 year old PATA hard drive and crappy PSU, not so much.

    CPU: Phenom II X4 940 AM2+ - $189.99 from newegg
    Mobo: BIOSTAR TA790GXB $20 with combo from newegg with $20 MIR
    GPU: Sapphire 100259l Radeon 4870 512MB - $139.99 from newegg with $10 MIR
    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 Kit - $49.99 from newegg
    HD: WD 500gb Caviar Black - $63.89 from zipzoomfly
    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w - 69.99 from zipzoomfly with $20 MIR

    Total comes to $543.91, with shipping, $493.91 6 months later when/if I get my rebates.

    Just as a recap, I'm looking for a system with moderate gaming potential, that I plan to upgrade a little when necessary with more ram, or a better graphics card in a couple years.
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks spot-on to me. You could possibly save a little cash by going tri-core, but really that will be a great system. :toast:
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Its a nice system, Remember to buy a case with it tho.:)

    Should be great for gaming.
     
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    The system looks good, it would definitely breeze through games, 5 years is a bit unlikely, you might get 2-2.5 initially and then find that you'll need to upgrade the video card to keep up with those demanding Direct X 11.0 games.

    If you can get hold of an x64 operating system it might be worth getting 8 GBs straight up. DDR2 memory is at its cheapest right now and you'd need all the ram possible to make that system stretch 5 years.

    Edit:

    I would remove the G-skills ram and go OCZ, they tend to overclock further and are priced the same. (I recommend getting 8 GBs total)

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) $49.99


    Edit 2:

    Also remove the Sapphire 4870, and put in the "His 4870" as it has 1 GBs of ram which will help it at higher resolutions - its the same price too :)

    His 4870 1 GB DDR5 $139.99
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    And remember to buy a case.

    lol
     
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    he's said he already has a antec 300

    I agree with Darren and MK Mods, get atleast a 1 gig video card if you want it to handles games for the next few years.
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Oh i didn't see he already had a case. Just making sure he didn't order the parts and end up leaving it on a table instead of a case.
     
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    get the pII 720. Hell cheaper and almost same performance.
     
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    Thanks for your help, I think I'll go with the OCZ ram and the HIS 4870. I would go with the Phenom II 720, but with the combo the 940 + mobo comes out cheaper, though the ASUS combo board is pretty sweet.
     
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    If the Phenom II X4 940 works out cheaper get that instead, also its the faster processor plus you'll stand a better chance of it lasting 5 years due to the extra core.
     

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