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Old 02-02-10, 06:47 PM   #13
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Default Re: New "Budget System Build"

$80 for this competent 2.9ghz Athlon II x3:

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=ADX435WFBX&c=pw

Three cores currently hold a distinct advantage over three, and four offers diminishing returns over three (there is a very thorough article about this out there somewhere, please don't ask me to find it)... x3's are just right.

... Do you HAVE to get a mobo with DDR3? There's deals to be had on the AMD 770 chipsets, & there's really not that big of a real-world performance difference.

I had to do something similar to what you're doing, except it was last year. I ended up with an Asus M3A AM2+ ddr2 mobo, an x3 720 Black and a 4870... oh and 4gb ddr2.
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Old 02-02-10, 06:48 PM   #14
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you might want to spend a few bucks more for lots more power and this would play new games any day
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Old 02-02-10, 07:33 PM   #15
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Would going with a 4850 be a good idea and then using the money on a higher end cpu?
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Would going with a 4850 be a good idea and then using the money on a higher end cpu?
Yup. Yup it would. Do your research and get a 4850 that OC's good, though, so you can get around 4870 performance. Or get a 4870 if you can get a good deal on it.
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Old 02-03-10, 01:50 PM   #17
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Some advices:
- video card: get a 4850 or better./ They are all compatible and will game great as of now up to 1080p.
- MB/mem: if you want a future-proof rig, go for DDR3. If you want perfs on the cheap now, get DDR2. It all depends on how long you plan to keep it, but DDR2 will be harder to find in a year or 2. 4GB min recommended.
- proc: phenoms are better than athlon. X3 is a sweet spot. Get whatever you can in your budget, most games are video card limited at resolutions higher than 1600.
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Some advices:
- video card: get a 4850 or better./ They are all compatible and will game great as of now up to 1080p.
- MB/mem: if you want a future-proof rig, go for DDR3. If you want perfs on the cheap now, get DDR2. It all depends on how long you plan to keep it, but DDR2 will be harder to find in a year or 2. 4GB min recommended.
- proc: phenoms are better than athlon. X3 is a sweet spot. Get whatever you can in your budget, most games are video card limited at resolutions higher than 1600.
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Why on a budget build would you recommend anything but a low to mid range motherboard?
A good solid foundation.

And OEM is tied to the mobo.


But I guess a mid range mobo can be pimped out (like mine will be)
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A good solid foundation.

And OEM is tied to the mobo.
Oooh that's good to know, I had no idea, will be buying the full instead.
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just get a asrock MB they are cheap and good
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just get a asrock MB they are cheap and good
Yeah, +1 to ASRock motherboards, they're quite good, cheap, BIOS updates applies with no problems at all and a very decent feature set (except for the fact I had to mod the chipset heatsink in order to install my X-Fi on the PCI-E x1 slot, but apart from that, chapeau to ASRock guys).
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Alright I have decided to ditch the AMD idea and go with the intel core i5 650, for $150 bux. I scored a BFG gts 250 oc 1gb for $75 so I decided to go with a better processor.

Going with the Gigabyte GA-p55-ud2
http://www.gigabyte.us/Products/Moth...ProductID=3299

Also I am planning on running Win 7 64 bit, is 2gb of ram enough, or should I go with 4?
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Alright I have decided to ditch the AMD idea and go with the intel core i5 650, for $150 bux. I scored a BFG gts 250 oc 1gb for $75 so I decided to go with a better processor.

Going with the Gigabyte GA-p55-ud2
http://www.gigabyte.us/Products/Moth...ProductID=3299

Also I am planning on running Win 7 64 bit, is 2gb of ram enough, or should I go with 4?
Definitely go with 4. Its expensive but worth it.

Any more than that isn't really necessary though.
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