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Old May 3, 2010, 07:20 PM
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Hey all new here. Originally posted on another forum but was recommended by a poster to check this place out for critique.

Uses:Casual gaming/light media.
Price: Under $800 before shipping and taxes. Trying to cut as much costs as possible.
Retailer: Scoped out items from DirectCanada and some from Newegg.ca
Preferences: ATI and Seagate. Both haven't failed me so far.
Parts reusing-LCD, optical drives.
Plan on purchasing anywhere from a week or two to the end of the month.
Current build: XP, 1280x1024

Some opinions im looking for: Is the dx.11 card highly more recommended than getting a way cheaper dx.10 card such as a 4770? Windows xp is still a big market bracket so dx.9 still might be in use for a year or two more. Is it worth the extra~$10ish for RAM with heat spreaders?

Sorta resolved on another forum but was planning on trying to use my old dell case. Most ppl have advised against it though.

Build
AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz
-$159.99

XFX Radeon HD 5770
-$169.43

ASUS M4A77TD ATX AM3 DDR3
-$86.13

Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2x2) 1333
-$107.49

Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA2
-$46.79

Antec Earthwatts 650W
-$74.94
Antec Three Hundred
-$55.14

Antec TriCool 80MM -$5.49
Antec Silicone Fan Grommets -$3.81

Around $650ish
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Old May 3, 2010, 07:26 PM
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go for a dual core. pick up a ddr2 board if you still have some. 5770 for casual gaming might be too much. earthwatts 500w will be good as well. you need a better monitor :)


ps nzxt or cm for case, the first is cheaper usually
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Old May 3, 2010, 07:33 PM
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go for a dual core. pick up a ddr2 board if you still have some. 5770 for casual gaming might be too much. earthwatts 500w will be good as well. you need a better monitor :)


ps nzxt or cm for case, the first is cheaper usually
thx. running on a pentium d dual and 2gb ddr2. Everything runs pretty good right now other than having to game so I need a new card. Most ppl have said a good card will be bottle necked by my ancient rig and to just fully upgrade.

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Old May 3, 2010, 07:51 PM
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it depends on the card. top end? sure. low end? not so sure, at least at higher resolutions
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Old May 3, 2010, 08:05 PM
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it depends on the card. top end? sure. low end? not so sure, at least at higher resolutions
just buying a HD4000 series and a new psu would be more than 3x cheaper.

was thinking of initially get a HD 4670 for under $100. with gaming, running on highest res isnt a priority but im guessing a 4670 will be good enough for most fps games at medium res such as bf:bc and modern warfare and some sc2?

if current ram mobo supports is ddr2, will a vid card with ddr3 memory still work?

but then again, this full rebuild will be a good investment that should last atleast 3-5 years though right.
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Old May 3, 2010, 08:09 PM
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4670 is very weak. stick with the first choice you made lol. but do get a better monitor. 24" are rather cheap these days

when i said ddr2 i meant amd mobo with ddr2 ram. whatever ram the videocard has got nothing to do with what the mobo has :)

2-3 years? not going to happen because of newer/better chips coming out every so often. you might shoot for a fast dual core...hmm...the rana's do clock nicely..3.5 or so with ease
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Old May 3, 2010, 08:15 PM
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my dad has a spare almost new 22 inch so I think i'm covered. current screen is working fine though. im thinking to buy new power plus the vid card first. if performance seems bottle necked or unstable, then will upgrade the rest. good idea?
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ok. see what happens :) the older intel duallies are kinda slouchy, hot running power hogs lol.
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Old May 3, 2010, 08:25 PM
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or recommend a dualcore you're thinking about? ive gotten the impression that dual core is pretty much dead tech now. and some of the intel dual cores are at the same price or even more as some amd quadcores so im getting all confused now.
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