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Old May 14, 2010, 10:44 AM
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Hello.. I need some suggestions on $600-$700 build. I would like to futureproof the computer if I decide to play some of the newest games later on, but for now Modern Warfare 2 is as exreme as I would like to play on 1920X1200 Resolution. I will also be using the computer for HD Movies, surfing the net etc...

I don't need a monitor, keyboard, mouse... And will be picking up from NCIX

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
$76

Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 AMD790X ATX AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E 3PCI CrossFireX GBLAN SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard $109 after MIR

XFX HD-557X-ZNF2 Radeon HD 5570 650MHZ 1GB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 DVI HDMI DP DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card $95.34 at Best Direct
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AMD Athlon II X3 435 Triple Core Processor Socket AM3 2.9GHZ 1.5MB Cache 95W Retail Box
$77.39 Best Direct

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AMD Athlon II X4 635 Quad Core Processor AM3 2.9GHZ 2MB L2 Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box
$110
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Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Core i5 Dual Channel Memory Kit $122

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM $67.20 (IS SATA3 MUCH BETTER, and worth the extra money)?

Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU
$80 after MIR
Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM
$23.99

Total around $650 b4 taxes after rebates...

I picked the better motherboard because of DDR-3 and ESATA (not sure if I can use Esata if its not on the board... GSKILL Memory is out of stock at NCIX, and not sure which CPU is better bang for the $$$. I may play around with overclocking but isn't a priority..

Any suggestions, changes or critisism is welcomed. Thanks in advance..
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Old May 14, 2010, 11:05 AM
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you need a better video card. you can find a 2x2gb or 4x1gb ddr2 kit for cheap, so get a 240 and giga board for 150$ or less.
psu is fine, altough future proof would be more liek an 850, out of your budget for now.
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You'll need a LOT more than a 5570 to play modern games at 1920x1200. Not to mention it's an overpriced low end card.

Are there any old parts you can use to lower costs? or can you stretch your budget a bit? $700 for an entire system isn't going to get you much.
A 5750 should be the BARE minimum for 1920x1200 on MW2, even then you're looking at crappy graphics.

The WD black you listed can be PMed to $60 if you really want it, but it's honestly not much faster than it's sata2 counterpart. Do note that the price difference is practically non-existent after PM.
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Ok... I will stretch the budget and get the 5770. Is powercolor ok? I know XFX has the best warranty though, but I may go for cheaper. What CPU listed above is my best choice? and is the motherboard I picked worth the extra $$$ or what? I was thinking DDR3 and USB3. Having Esata is good because I have some Esata hard drives... Thanks
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I would trade a crappier case for a 5770.

The Gigabyte 770T boards are pretty good if you are not going to Crossfire. And they are cheap too :)

For the amount of $$$ you are paying for RAM, why not get ram with better timings..
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He has a good point with the ASUS M2A VM board, can oc the crap out of it and it costs almost nothing, the M3A series has a better chipset for crossfire but will cost ya extra, ahh hell just go buy an M4, save some money and buy a 5970 :) cheers they do come with hydra
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Hello.. I need some suggestions on $600-$700 build. I would like to futureproof the computer if I decide to play some of the newest games later on, but for now Modern Warfare 2 is as exreme as I would like to play on 1920X1200 Resolution.

You're not going to futureproof anything with $2000, let alone $700.

Right away you're missing SATA3, etc etc etc.

If you want to "futureproof", then get yourself a good case and PSU (which you have) then in 2 years you can swap out the mb/ram/cpu and upgrade again.

JCMAZ does a lot of budget gaming machines, so his advice should be invaluable.

However, I would stretch your budget a little bit if you can.
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If you want to "futureproof", then get yourself a good case and PSU (which you have) then in 2 years you can swap out the mb/ram/cpu and upgrade again.

However, I would stretch your budget a little bit if you can.
I agree. At first I had this crappy Logysis POS alien case (because it was <not really> cheap). Then i swapped that out for an Antec 300. So get a case that you like, but not too expensive tho, and stick with it. Also, the PSU is sort like the foundation of a house. Who would live in a house without foundation? So get a decent PSU like the Antec/Corsair/Seasonic ones (Antec Truepowers are often on sale at NCIX) in order to be prepared for the future.

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JCMAZ does a lot of budget gaming machines, so his advice should be invaluable.
Thanks :)
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