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Old November 10, 2012, 04:29 PM
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my rig just died lol hey all havent been around for a few months maybe 2 yrs got engaged and been busy planning a wedding.

But i need help looking for a mobo cpu ram harddrive n a 8800gt to pair n go sli with my cureent one
i have a case psu 8800gt from pny and 2 blueray drives im gonna build a system with a few parts from the dead one any help is good

main use is online streeaming netflixs and a few games powered by steam like natural selections 2 and counterstrike just to name a few.


thanks in advance and keep up the good work guys i should be on here more often now just got the house n date is set
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Old November 11, 2012, 07:47 AM
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A $600 build is certainly possible to play med-high settings. (Edit: Actually, high no AA 1080p with the games you listed...)
Can you give the exact model of your power supply? If it's a very old design (lots of amps on the +5V rail and not much on the +12V) or one of the exploding types, you'll want to replace that.
Also it'd be useful to know what kind of cooling your case has - assuming it ran an 8800GT without cooking everything it should be OK. It should at least have an intake and an exhaust fan somewhere.

Here's some ideas:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box
RAM: Any cheap DDR3-1600 8GB kit
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
SSD (if your existing hard disk still works and is SATA): Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 60GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive
GPU: ASUS Radeon HD 7770 V2 DirectCU 1020MHZ 1GB 4.6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

I know there's no SLI here, but I'm pretty sure a 7770 or 7850 (if you can find one discounted enough) will demolish 2x 8800GT.
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Old November 11, 2012, 08:17 AM
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AMD FM2 based with say a A10-5600k cpu that has its own igp baked in that would be just as fast as that 8800gt
A10-5600k
aftermarket cooler such as Hyper 212+ push/pull
FM2 motherboard
8gb 1866 CL9 memory from Gskill
650w power XFX, Silverstone, Antec or the like
120gb SSD

AMD Phenom II or similar based
955 BE or FX 6 pile driver
M5A99X EVO motherboard(excellent board)
ddr3 1600+ 1866 prefered(overclocking)
120gb+ SSD
aftermarket cooler

Or
Intel 3k series cpu/2500k cpu
Z68 motherboard
8gb 1600+ CL9 memory Gskill
120gb SSD
aftermarket cooler
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Old November 11, 2012, 08:28 AM
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I put some quick choices there.
Easy to whittle down, but a new power supply, new gpu, new ssd, aftermarket cooler, ram, cpu/motherboard are all choices.

for $600 or less, you can go with a nice motherboard, decent cpu with a bit of headroom (955/965/2500k) and something like the mentioned 7770 or 7850 or even a 660Ti, 8gb or so system emomry at least 1600 prefered 1866 at least this way here, if you want/need to overclock a bit the memory will not get in the way.

I know AMD had price drops recently on pretty much all thier cpu and gpu. Intel is faster by all means, however to be able to make a very balanced system in all regards including a nice SSD such as a Crucial M4, Samsung 830/840, Corsair Neutron it would be better on getting a mid range AMD cpu with nice motherboard (Athlon II x4 640 955/965 or FX 6300) M5A99X EVO motherboard, nice gpu (7770 at lowest 7850/7870 or GTX660Ti or so) decent power supply 650w or better.

I would take the slightly "slower" cpu that can be overclocked and pair it up with more powerfull "sub" components, this way here you get the best of it all in regards to $/performance.
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Old November 12, 2012, 03:25 PM
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so is the amd better for gaming and internet streaming than intel and will see if i can up the budget a bit waiting for my bonus next month will keep these in mind thanks alot guys
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aww man i missed the contest that would have helped alot
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so is the amd better for gaming and internet streaming than intel
Actually Intel is the superior gaming CPU at higher price brackets, but the price of the older AMD Phenom IIs is so low that I can't recommend a $90 Intel CPU (Pentium G series) over the outgoing $90 AMD CPU. Depending how much you up your budget, it you will have a more interesting decision to make:
AMD Vishera FX-6300 & FX-4300 Review

For Internet usage and watching video, there will be no difference between any of the CPUs suggested so far.
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