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Old 09-28-2008, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok. I was looking at buying a PS3 since I thought that building a semi-gaming PC for $500 is impossible...but i will leave it up to the experts here. I ONLY need it to get respectable framerates (like the 50's/60's) on COD4 at medium/low settings for now. Next month, I will have more money and look at upgrading the GPU/RAM/CPU with another $3-400...

I DO NOT need an OS, Monitor, Mouse/Keyboard...I would prefer an intel build since I will be upgrading the CPU next month hopefully...The point is, I am a college student and need something to game on lol. If it cannot be done, then i guess I will settle for the PS3, but I would still prefer the PC.
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This system should be able to max out COD4 with plenty of fps and costs $497 before mail in rebates.

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Newegg.com - EVGA 384-P3-N965-TR GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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Newegg.com - OCZ ATI CrossFire 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

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Because the graphics card is from evga you can step up to a gtx 260 or another good card when you get the money to upgrade.
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good build. but i see no mobo. and why crossfire ram?
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Man I'm seriously thinking about that antec 300 case

is there room for cross fire 4800 series cards?
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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100255L Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Same price card, can be used to crossfire later on and is much faster than the GSO. Faster than the GT too.

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That ram is also $27 after mail in rebate. And pretty much the same if not better.

And here is a great mobo for $79:
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^^ That's the motherboard I meant to include, I just forgot to copy the link.
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and is much faster than the GSO. Faster than the GT too.
How do you know that ?

It doesn't look faster to me

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9600GSO performs as good as HD4670. However, the 9600GT is clearly better

EDIT: Here are the video cards that I recommend if he want nvidia video card

Newegg.com - ASUS EN9600GSO TOP/HTDP/384M GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

or 9600GT for $74.99 after MIR
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Both cards are great. Also the 9600 GSO will gain more performance out of overclocking seeing how its 192 bit card compared to the 4670 which is still a 128 bit card.

Once again though, both are great for their pricing range.
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What about this video card? It's cheaper and looks like it may be able to do the job...

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Ha, off topic a bit, but why a PS3 and not a 360? If you really want something that will have reliable and good gaming for a few years to come without upgrades needed, get a console. If you are thinking of spending $800 after these upgrades and what not, just get both the 360 and the PS3, since PS3's only real benefit is Blu-Ray, and the 360 has the games, the online, Netflix streaming soon, and did I mention the games and online are far greater than the PS3's?
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