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Old 08-13-2010, 01:16 AM   #1
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Default building my bro a new pc need advice

Hey watsup up everyone.

Ill explain a little what im doing. My bro is a "hardcore" gamer, hes on many hours of the day.

His current setup is:
Pentium 4 HT 3.0Ghz
2GB RAM
Radeon X800XL

That is a obviously dated system but for HL2 mods its above average.
Anyhow now he is starting to experience the nasty company game "advancements" of today's gaming and even the games he ran flawlessly years ago are running with terrible fps. He is also starting to expand into newer games such as Bioshock 2 and so on. (x800 cannot even launch BS2 with no pixel shader)

So its obviously time for a upgrade, but as most in these days its on a budget. So we are looking to upgrade just the main components. This will be 4th pc i have built. I took a good couple hours looking through newegg.com and came out with what i can find the best for the money.

A few things to note *This build will be AMD, i have never built a rig with AMD. We just need the basics, motherboard, cpu, ram, video card and he needs a new case. The budget is capped at 280ish, probably no more then that, we cannot push it more* I chose AMD because from wha ti have heard, its the best on a small budget. Am i wrong? Intel is more expensive.

Below is my current build im debating on purchasing, but i thought since my lack of AMD experience and always want to be very sure it will all be compatible, i want to pass it by you guys here to help me maybe overlook some pro's/con's or incompatibility (or better deals?) that i missed.

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138156
CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103687
Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130533
RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145246
Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811164093

Total: $290.79 (pushing our limit to max)

NOTE *this build wont be for a power gamer, we dont plan to overclock or expect a super machine, just a more up-to-date and noticeably faster machine for the mid gaming he does, we plan to eventually add more ram and upgrade the video card if needed*
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:23 AM   #2
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130288
get that mobo instead
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awesome quick reply, thanks!

is this board pci express 16x 2.0? newegg just says pci express 16x
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What about a PSU?..heres what i got...

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811164093 Same
Ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145246 Same
CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103687 Same
Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130288
GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127495

$288.95 (without shipping)

ps what about a PSU?
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no but 2.0 cards work on 16x slots really no diffrence in speed either if your using that gfx card
i only chose that mobo cause its a little better quality brand
go with the 4850 over the gts 250 if you go that route
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He has a fairly new 400wat PSU

as for the mobo, i'd really like to get a pci 2.0 for future proofing things a little. we might upgrade later on.

id love to get that GTS 250 but it just overdoes the budget. the total i mentioned in the first post is with tax+shipping, which is all i can do.

is the GT 240 a bad card? for use on hl2 mods (team fortress 2, garrys mod) bioshock2 etc.. we dont plan on maxing out far cry, crysis or anything like that. just a solid card to hold off until next upgrade.

$300 is the most, not a dollar more i can spend, that includes shipping/tax ( i really wish i could make this easier and say $1000 was the limit haha)

thanks for the help so far!
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no but 2.0 cards work on 16x slots really no diffrence in speed either if your using that gfx card
i only chose that mobo cause its a little better quality brand
go with the 4850 over the gts 250 if you go that route
Why 4850 over the 250? the gts 250 is a very good card it will run all them games with no problems.But if you cant go that high than yes the 240 is a good card as well.
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the 250 is basically a 9800 gtx+ which has basically the same performance as the 4850
Could go with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.472812
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-180-_-Product
or you could go with the 9500 gt
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