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Old 08-10-2010, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I'm embarrassed to say, I used to know this stuff...but I'm so far behind on tech now I don't trust my judgment.

Here's what I put together for an upgrade to my completely out of date desktop (any component not listed I have already).

Can you please let me know a couple things:

1. If all these things will play nice with each other
2. If there's anything grossly mismatched (i.e. video card /= proc)
3. If you think this can solidly play current/next gen games (LFD2, SC2, GW2, Steam games, etc)
4. If there's anything you would absolutely NOT get and what you would recommend instead

Much obliged!

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Asus M2N68-AM PLUS Motherboard - Socket AM2+, Micro ATX, nForce 630a, GeForce 7025 Graphics, SATA, RAID at

EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 Video Card - 768MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11, Fermi, FREE JustCause 2 Game at

Acer X203H bd 20 Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1600x900, 10000:1 Contrast Ratio, 5ms, DVI, VGA at

Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5, SATA 3G, 64MB Cache, GreenPower at

AMD HD9850WCGHBOX Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor - 2.50GHz, 4MB Cache, 3600 MT/s FSB, Quad-Core, Retail, Socket AM2+, Processor with Fan at

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Hi! Welcome to TF!

First of all, what's your budget?


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Old 08-10-2010, 07:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the western digital green drive would be better off as a seperate storage drive not a primary. I would switch it out for this one.
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G at

ditch the first gen phenom, this athlon ii quad will be better in pretty much every way.
AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core Processor - 2.80GHz, Socket AM3, 2MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s), Retail at

edit: hm, missed farinha's post. telling us your budget would help us help you.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Haha...yeah probably should have mentioned that.

Probably around $750-800 for these parts (proc, mobo, video, hdd) but that's not a super hard ceiling if another $50 or something would help get over a hump into another tier of part.

Oh, also for future knowledge...the Athlon IIs are > Phenoms?
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generally speaking, when you compare quad vs. quad (tri vs. tri and dual vs. dual too since they should be around the same price), yes the athlon ii's are better.

that is, better than the phenom i's, just to make sure you're not getting them confused with the phenom ii's which are better than the athlon ii's.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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From what I've seen, the ATi Radeon HD 5830 performs better than the GTX 460, for the same price.
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The best thing to do in ANY case regardless of any budget (unless it's super low ) Is go for futureproofing. Don't spend an absolute ton on just one component and cut on all of the others. I'd go with a cheap - ish AM3 Board, Amd athlon II 635 - Decent budget quad core, low cache but will still perform admirably, some decent DDR3 4gb kit. An Ati 5770 or a gtx 460 etc. If you want me to spec you up a system, let me know where you live and I'll use the relevant site .

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Old 08-11-2010, 04:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Seriously appreciated everyone...feeling better about this's a revised build (At NewEgg this time so I can avoid Tiger's ugly tax and shipping in IL):

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor ADX630WFGIBOX
Item #: N82E16819103704

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131406

MSI N460GTX-M2D768D5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127511

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835185125

One other question...600w PS good enough for all this + CD/HDD?

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