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Old August 20, 2009, 09:02 AM
Burkdaddy Burkdaddy is offline
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Default Budget Gaming build

Building two rigs. For my wife and I. Want to keep price low obviously.

Here's my real question. This is about the level I want. I don't care about AMD vs Intel except the obvious price difference. I want something that I won't have to upgrade for a good long while. And when I do make my next upgrade I don't want to have to build a complete system. Maybe just RAM or something like that...am sure you know where I'm heading.


Processor, I've read that Quad core is over kill for the gamer. Especially since I'm mainly a WoW gamer. However, I want to keep the CPU for a good long time. This Tri-core below is my first choice. Do you have reccomendations for a better one that won't cost me much more?

2x AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Processors - Desktops

Ram - You guys hooked me up in another thread for some good reading. Am still processing the info so may not fully grasp it. This is my first choice. I understand that "DDR3 still needs to mature some" but, again, when I upgrade RAM in 6mo-yr, I don't want to get a new MB/CPU to keep up. Am I on the right track?

2x OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GKNewegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory

Motherboard - I've always used Asus/Gygabit(sp). Am I selling myself short? Reviews were great and it has the features I wanted at the price I wanted. Am open to suggestions. Would like it to last me about 1 year. I know this tech will also mature and prices will come down.

2x ASRock M3A780GXH/128M AM3 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard Newegg.com - ASRock M3A780GXH/128M AM3 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

I have a Sapphire 4850 512mb DDR3 currently. It's decent. My current rig won't let it run to max potential anyway and I'm still running XP pro. I will be picking up two copies of Vista when I make this purchase. Should I grab a couple 4890's instead of the card linked below? I see sales where 4890's are similarly priced.

Newegg.com - Recertified: EVGA 896-P3-1255-RX GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA 896-P3-1255-RX GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video

Also included in this purchase will be the items listed below. I'm trying to keep close to that budget.
1 x Newegg.com - RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply - Power Supplies
1x Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

total cart is $1050ish - Wiggle room approx $100 one way or the other. I have 1x case, PSU at the house already.




I appreciate your input and look forward to comments. If you any of you have hardware for sale on the level I'm trying to achieve, I'm open to negotiations. Keep in mind, I'm US (Arkansas) so shipping is to be considered.

Hell, I'm all about negotiations. I'll trade anything from an old laptop to some chickens I'll steal from down the road.... =) (Cash...there's that too)
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