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Old 05-29-2011, 10:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to build a decent gaming computer. This is my first time building one and I've done research, but I wanna make sure I get this right. Can anyone recommend a video card to go with this around $100? Also, how do I know if a power supply is good enough to run my rig?

Motherboard: MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Power Supply: APEVIA ATX-TL450W 450 Watts ATX12V Power Supply - OEM

DVD Burner: LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD Writer

Case: HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan

OS: Windows 7 64-bit
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ATi Radeon HD 5770, $98 after shipping and mail-in rebate: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Also, you'll need a hard drive.
Probably a CD/DVD drive as well to get the OS on your computer. Don't forget the keyboard, speakers, and monitor.
Here's how you tell if your PSU is powerful enough
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Swap out the motherboard and CPU...

Go with something like a Phenom II 955 X4 (Quad core) and an MSI 880GM-E41 mobo. That combo costs $194.98. Your current setup costs $189.98. $5 more for a quad core.
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Thanks for your help, I added that graphics card, cd/dvd drive, and the power supply. Save for the monitor, what do you guys think? I don't expect it to run crysis or anything, but I'm trying to get games like Portal 2 or maybe CoD to run smoothly.

Edit: Didn't seet Black's post. Thanks for the help, I'll swap those in.
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Thanks for your help, I added that graphics card, cd/dvd drive, and the power supply. Save for the monitor, what do you guys think? I don't expect it to run crysis or anything, but I'm trying to get games like Portal 2 or maybe CoD to run smoothly.

Edit: Didn't seet Black's post. Thanks for the help, I'll swap those in.
You'll be surprised when you're able to run Crysis then. I ran Crysis 2 beta maxed on a similar setup. (Except using DDR2) I can still run Crysis 1 and Warhead fine too.
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You'll be surprised when you're able to run Crysis then. I ran Crysis 2 beta maxed on a similar setup. (Except using DDR2) I can still run Crysis 1 and Warhead fine too.
If I wasn't so manly I would've cried when I read that. Thanks again for all your help guys
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