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budget 550-600$ - gaming

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by revox, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. revox New Member

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    hello
    I'm buying a new PC for gaming
    OC - yes
    monitor - 17" ( 1280*1024 resolution )
    future upgrade - No
    I want this PC to stay alive at least 2 years in the good world of gaming ( high - very high ) ...then medium ( total almost 4 years to last )

    I can buy something like this :
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    AMD x3 720 / x2 550
    antec 300 case
    nvidia 260 gtx gainward GS / ati iceq4 4870 1gb
    hard 640gb WD
    gigabyte mobo ( am2+ )
    4 gb ddr2
    corsair 550 W

    2 )
    intel Q9400 / Amd x4 810
    same case
    4850 vapor-x / 250gts
    same hard, same 4gb, same PCU
    mobo 775 or am2+

    I'm not going to put money in this PC in the future so I want it to last
    At my resolution how much time a board like 260gtx/4870 will last at high settings?
    PS : I'm not buying from neweeg but you can help me configure a PC from there :D
     
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    first system with the 4870 gets my vote.
     
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    Here ya go man. Depending on where you live this could work for under 600. You said you were into overclocking.. with this chip you could do it, it just wont be hitting anything crazy. Gaming is more GPU dependent anyways and this GTX 260 comes with 2 free games :).
    [​IMG]

    Oh shoot .. I don't know if that card would fit in that case.. anyone know from experience?
     
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    I say instead of paying about $150 for the 300 and PSU, get the Antec Sonata III that comes with an Antec Greenpower 500w PSU and save $50!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024

    So say you save 50 there, go with the other stuff in the first build. The 4870 and the x3 720 will treat you well. Also go ahead and get this HDD instead of the 640GB, it's 110GB more with the same specs, it may even be a little cheaper...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136359
     
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    dont get that fatality PSU, get a corsair. you want something with a single 12V rail, not two like the fatality.
     
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    Budget, without knowing how much money you've got it makes it impossible to spec you a rig.

    Those rigs above are more high-midrange, if you want a rig to last 4 years with no upgrades I think you are asking too much. You'd need to shoot for the highend for a realistic chance of achieving this, for example the Phenom II X4 955 or i7 920. Video card wise you'd need at least a 4890/GTX 275 or even a GTX 285/4870X2 to guarantee 2 years at maximum detail with high frame rates, but I'd presume you'd need another mid-high end card to after 2 years to sustain a 4 year total.

    I would say tell us your budget, then we'll shoot for the highest end processor and video card within that budget.
     
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    LOL look in the title bro.
     
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    Ill give it a go on newegg and see what i can come up with bro.
    Im a dam beast when it comes to pro products and low prices. I just saved 100 dollars on 300 dollars in parts for a Htpc and it wasnt cause of combo deals XD.
     
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    The computer

    So far i built this computer on newegg mentally but i dont want to upload the screen shot of the parts ...

    Too look at everypart on newegg Just copy the Item Number and paste it on there search itll bring you right to the part :)

    Product: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151187
    Price: 26.99 Free shipping.
    What i think about it: Itll do the basic jobs of everything disk related but no blu rays XD


    Product: Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P YE Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design
    Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811147113
    Price: 39.99 from 59.99 Free Shipping.
    What i think about it: Computer case with 2 120s. Reviews say its pretty stable can take semi big cpu air coolers, and fit huge cards if the hardrives are placed right.

    Product: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    Price: 53.99 Free shipping.
    Item #: N82E16822136073
    What i think about it: 500 gb hardrive/7200rpm/Sata 3.0 with 16 mb of cache. Good for 2 years :)

    Product: ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813131381
    Price: 79.99
    What i think about it: Xtreme Fased Power to the CPU nice motherboard from Asus. Should be able to overclock a quad phenom X4 with Somememory to 3.6+Ghz

    Product: GIGABYTE GV-R487-512H-B Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814125225
    Price: 119.99
    What i think about it: HD 4870 512mb card. People are rediculas with vid cards. At your resolution this Vid card should last threw Dx11 games as well. And max everything. At that res with a quad or duo at 3.5Ghz you can prob hit 60-s on crysis on High on XP. thats interesting.

    Product: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817139004
    Price: 92.99 Free shipping.
    What i think about it: This is a nice power supply that i personaly think can do more loads of 650 watts like if it were 650watts at cool temputers. This power supply should be anuf for that computer setup even with upgrades :).

    Product: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    Price: 8.99 Free shipping
    What i think about it: This is a must need if your going to overclock. Just slap a drop on the cpu turn it 45 Degress to the left and right, and clip the CPU Down. Make sure not to lift it :).

    Product: Patriot Extreme Performance Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PGS24G6400ELK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820220396
    Price: 43.99 Free shipping
    What i think about it: Its probable going to be able to overclock with your processor and Link speeds and its got aluminum cooling and its Patriot not some cheapo brand. This sticks cant go failing i belive :). 4gb of it :)

    Option Number 1 for CPU:
    Product: AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX810WFGIBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103650
    Price: 139.99 Free Shipping.
    What i think about it: This is a quad core phenom II am3 cpu. It should be able to hit 3.2Ghz if your a novice overclocker and your bottle neck should be gone :).

    Option Number 2 for CPU:
    Product: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103680
    Price: 99.99
    What i think about it: I have a e5200 and i bench 60s on very high on crysis at 1440X900 with a overclock. I dont think dual cores are dead. And i belive with this motherboard you can unlock the other 2 cores and have a quad core for 100 dollars YAY :).

    Product: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-GP - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835103064
    Price: 19.98 Free Shipping.
    What i think about it: Its not a beast CPU cooler like the Xigamtek 1283, and the Trues, and the tuniqz and so on if you get me. But it should bring the best performance to the cash for your CPU, and overclock with some ok temputers. But quads get very hot anyways so :p.

    Option Number 2 for CPU: Cash:$586.85
    Tax: $48.42
    Shipping: Only $11.65









    With the first CPU My totel comes out to: $625.86 cash
    Tax $51.63 In california
    Shipping Only $11.65

    Thats pretty good for this setup :)
     
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  11. aj28 New Member

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    #1 is good, but drop the 640GB HDD for a 500GB WD Caviar Black, go with the X2 550 + 4870 combo, and consider an ASUS motherboard (760G/780G) instead of the Gigabyte, simply because they provide more frequent BIOS updates which may be advantageous for a long-term setup. Also, be sure you're buying a 2x2GB kit, because you'll want to tack on another 4GB in a year or so before DDR2 prices shoot up. You may actually be able to afford it now if you drop the mobo down to a 760G and settle for some moderately priced Corsair/OCZ pieces.
     
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    this is what i would buy with $600,the samsung spinpoint F1 are pretty good too and the X710 is only .2ghz different to the X720,i would leave it as that until you get extra money for new cpu cooler and the nzxt beta is a much better design case than the antec 300 and rosewell.
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    edit: for extra $4 on the ram you can get g.skill 4GB 1066mhz kits
     

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