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Old 05-01-2010, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $800 Budget- CPU+ Heatsink, RAM, MOBO, GPU

What can $800 do for you now a days if you looked for some good deals?

Purpose:Gaming
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Default Re: $800 Budget- CPU+ Heatsink, RAM, MOBO, GPU

Tower, monitor, keyboard and mouse?

Or just the tower?
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just tower. got everything else. I would also like to keep everything stock . no overclocking for me


cpu + cpu cooler
ram
mobo
graphics card

max budget $800

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windows 7 system dx11 gaming
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using 22" monitor 1680x1050


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Default Re: $800 Budget- CPU+ Heatsink, RAM, MOBO, GPU

cpu
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

mobo
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL

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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

totals $800 w/ free shipping.

if you're not going to OC, then you don't really need an aftermarket cooler. you can just use the stock cooler.
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Default Gaming at 1680x1050 GTX470 vs HD5850 vs HD5870

I can buy any of these cards right now but I need help deciding which is the best bang for the buck because I am on a tight budget

Also, which cpu, ram, and mobo do you techies recommend for gaming when it comes to bang for the buck.
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Default Re: Gaming at 1680x1050 GTX470 vs HD5850 vs HD5870

The 5870 is a much better card out of the 3, and just a tad slower than the GTX480.

If you're partial to Intel, the i5-750 or the i7-930 are some of the better choices from Intel.

If you want to save money, go with AMD. The new Thuban 6 core is out, which is a decent performer, from what small amount of benches I've seen, or there's the Phenom II X4 line. Ram will be totally dependent on what processor/motherboard you get, but usually OCZ Gold/Platinums are always a good bet.
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Default Re: Gaming at 1680x1050 GTX470 vs HD5850 vs HD5870

I found a 5870 for $390, so this is gonna be best bang for the buck:

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R587UD-1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

For the ones that are more expensive, I would say 5850 is best bang for the buck at $310.
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