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Old 02-28-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default First Build, how does it sound? [600$-700$ Range]

Instead of updating my processor and mobo on my current pc, i'm going to build my first computer. I have this priced out at 615$, what do you guys think.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128414

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115207

RAM: PQI POWER Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141337

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12 V2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016

GFX Card: EVGA 512 MB 9800 GTX+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130339

Hard Drive: Western Digital 640Gb 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

Case: ? Mid or Full Size ATX Case

I'm hoping to run newer games at high settings with this setup. How does it sound? Thanks.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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For that price, go with an AMD/ATI build and you will get so much more.
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^ +1

The current AMD processors were meant to compete with the Core 2 line, and honestly for the price they utterly destroy them.
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The main thing to consider is that it will let you buy a much more powerful GPU, which will result in a better gaming system. As far as other tasks, they are a bit behind, but still awesome.
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Instead of updating my processor and mobo on my current pc, i'm going to build my first computer. I have this priced out at 615$, what do you guys think.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128414

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115207

RAM: PQI POWER Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141337

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12 V2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016

GFX Card: EVGA 512 MB 9800 GTX+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130339

Hard Drive: Western Digital 640Gb 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

Case: ? Mid or Full Size ATX Case

I'm hoping to run newer games at high settings with this setup. How does it sound? Thanks.
First problem: LGA 775. Why? It's on the brink of being obsolete.
Second problem: Intel. INTEL?!?!? Why? You get half the power for twice the price. For as much as you are spending, I'm getting an AMD quad-core with a 1TB hard drive, 4GB of RAM, and a halfway-decent video card.

Other than that...
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:54 AM   #6
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There is nothing wrong with LGA775. It is still very good, and who cares if there is something better out that costs twice as much?

Intel IS better for many things, just not for a budget gaming rig. If you are going to do media encoding, and the likes, you need to get an intel CPU. AMD just won't cut it.
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^ 775 is old tech, man. There's absolutely no reason to go with a c2q over a phenom II.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:42 PM   #8
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Well I looked up some AMD and ATI items and I realize it is a lot cheaper and gives me better performance too. This is the AMD/ATI build i came up with. Tell me what you guys think. Also, I checked about 5 times about compatibility of RAM, socket connections etc, and I think all the parts will fit If I'm not mistaken. I'd also like to stay around the budget I am in right now if you guys recommend anything Thanks again.

Case: Raidmax Smilodon ATX Mid tower with 500W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156062

Hard Drive: Wester Digital 640GB - 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

Mobo: ASUS AM3 AMD 770 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131603

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) - DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148325

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 2.8 GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103704

GFX: This is what I had a question about specifically. I am probably going to get a Radeon HD 4850 1 GB. Now the brands I have to choose from are, from highest to lowest price: HIS, Gigabyte, Powercolor: So what are the differences?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rchResult=True

Total Price with HIS Radeon 4850 + Shipping = 610.56 USD

Thanks again guys.
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Get a HD 5750 so you get DX11 support.
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Thats the GFX card I had before the 4850. How necessary is DX11?
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