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Nice AMD ATI ATX Gaming rig suggestions please.

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OK I have another acquaintance who is wanting to build a real nice ATX gaming rig. Mainly playing AA3 and nothing will be used from his current rig except monitor, mouse, and keyboard. He would like a AMD cpu and a good ATI HD5870. Other than that he asked we just do not get stupid on the $. (no $300.00 cases no $500 cpus if you get my drift :p ) Basically a real nice single card AMD gaming rig to run Win7 is all he wants. Probably need to air cool but a simple WC kit option would be nice if I can get a price/parts list for it as well. He is no OCing fool but may a little at some point. I know quiet is something we all desire so keeping that in mind is good as well.

Thanks again for any suggestions. :D
 
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Please bear with my ignorance, what is AA3 game?

I would suggest PII X2 550 BE as first option. If you are going step up a bit then PII X4 955 is best. Middle of the road I would say get a PII X4 810/925.

Either of these CPUs you don't need exotic coolers anymore. Just a decent 92mm fan direct touch heat pipe cooler is more than enough.

Board - I suggest Asus M4A78 pro. Awesome stable board. I have one and I love it. But you can go with the Asus Evo if you want DDR3 for more future proof.

And ofcourse 4GB mem and other things you need.

my 2 cents.
 

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something like a 785G board, athlon II x4, 4GB DDR2 800, corsair PSU (500W+) and a 4770/4890
 
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$179.99 PII X4 955 is well within reason I think, he is really more to the high end I would say just nothing exotic is more what I was meaning. I know he wants a HD5870 as well so its needs to be close to keeping up with the card. Now what brand and model is something I am still not sure of. I know the 4870 had fan issues (defaults speeds were to late coming in letting the card run warmer than necessary) I think ASUS was one of the first to correct some of the issues with them and dont want him to have any issues of this sort. :)

As far as the 785G board do you have any preference as to what one in particular?

Thanks for the input so far.
 
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here is an affordable, powerfull and more efficient Phenom2 3.0ghz
4gb of fast ddr3 Ram with tight timings
i like Gygabyte motherboards, this one seems good but there r so many others, asus, msi get what ever u like
Antec Nine Hundred is a very popular case and got some good combos with power supplies
as for his favorite game, Ati 5850 would be more then enouph and is much better priced
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share your ATI 5xxx results here|what is ur favorite 4x4 game|what video cards have you owned
 
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AMD Phenom II 955 or 965
AMD Radeon HD 5870
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should be nice ;)
 
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