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Old 06-26-2009, 08:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
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that's much better. good find.
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:19 PM   #22 (permalink)
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not to hijack, but how far off is the performance of the 32 cache green hdd from the regular (black) 32mb cache drive?
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Haven't heard much of a difference...last time I compared, the green had 16mb cache. Probably something you wouldn't notice either way.
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actually 16mb cache greens i havent seen. this is the one the OP listed

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edit: nvm i see the 16mb greens, K thx
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Default Re: ~$600 gaming rig, suggestions?

I don't mean to butt in but thought it wouldn't hurt to share a suggestion

Gigabyte mobo
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To be honest asking for a gaming rig and then wanting a quad core is kind of an oxymoron and then for under $600 your really asking for too much.

The x3 720 is a great proc and will do fine stock but if you have even a little know how you can easily over clock this rig to a good 3.4 GHz on a decent 3rd party cooler

The PSU is by Raidmax and although not a top notch PSU it stills fills the void of good quality without breaking the bank

I didn't pick out a Case, I figured that would be based off personal preference.
My suggestion would be this Cooler Master
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that's the "nVidia" version, I couldn't find the regular one.

$650 just seems to be the best your gonna get without gimping parts (not an option) but this list come with $50 in rebates as it is so take it how you want to it can come close to your $600 budget after waiting a month or so for rebates, my suggestion would be to just save an extra $200 or so and then you'll be in line for a nice build
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ey for the motherboard
depends what your using the computer for wouldnt you try to get the asus rampage ive heard great things about it, but also depends on the budget i suppose
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youve listed your ram twice.

and for the psu, ive seen the T-F's recommended psu lists a couple times and i guess raidmax is a brand you should avoid?
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That tri core and mobo costs more than the quad core and mobo combo hes going with. And I would take a OCZ psu over a Raidmax psu.
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i have heard raidmax is a pretty crappy brand.

and the ram with this combo is better,

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ey with ya hdd go raid with it dont go the single 250gb. go two 125gb it might quicken the computer up and less wasted time, only the budget might suffer there though
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