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Old April 17, 2009, 08:24 AM
stingo99 stingo99 is offline
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Default What is the best route to take?

In a bit of a quandry here and would love to have anyone's input on what I should do. First off, I don't do a lot of heavy tasks on the pc....mainly internet, downloading, and FPS gaming. The only multitasking would really be downloading and gaming. I want to try and future-proof for a long as possible (hopefully 2-3 yrs. might be realistic especially for games). I won't be overclocking (may experiment a bit), and don't need super eye-candy for games, but just wanting playable frame rates with decent (mid-high level) settings. I pretty well need all components. Budget (not including a 22" monitor which I'll get) would preferably be no more than $1,100 (taxes in).

I've chosen a "base" with the following components:
- WD Black Caviar 640 HD
- Coolermaster 690 case
- Corsair 650 PSU
- Vista 64 bit Home Premium Edition

It's the other items I need help with. Not sure whether to spend a bit more now and be able to upgrade easier, or get a playable cheaper system.

For CPU - was thinking of a Phenom II 720, or Intel E-5200 (maybe E7400)
For motherboard - either an AM3 or AM2+, or cheapish Socket 775
RAM - do I go DDR3 or DDR2?
GPU - was thinking of either ATI 4850 or 4870 (512 MB or 1 GB?), or GTX260 core 216

Basically the choice is to do a cheaper Intel duo core system for now, or go the AMD route with the AM3 or AM2+ (with hopefully better future upgrade options). I know a Socket 775 system will be a lot cheaper than $1,100, but then I'd have to upgrade more parts later.

My gut reaction is to do the AM3 route with the Phenom II 720 CPU; an ASUS M4A78T-E ATX 790GX motherboard; G.SKILL F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1333 memory; and either the GTX 260 or an ATI 4870 1GB GPU.

Your suggestions/comments are much appreciated....thank-you.
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