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Old 04-11-2010, 08:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I'm trying to build an up to date gaming rig on a very limited budget. There is scope for upgrades in the future so this is what my initial build with the 955BE has in mind. Although i am tempted to swap it out but i'm worried i'll lose room to upgrade in the next 6-12 months. I would greatly appreciate any comments and advice and please be aware im from the UK so no newegg, and scan is a 10 minute drive from my house so its the prefferred etailer.

This is what i have so far

650W EZcool PSU 29.10

Asus TA-851 silver/black midi case + additional 120 + 80 mm fans 26.40

AMD phenom II X4 955 BE 130.37

4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 106.24

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO, AMD 790X, AM3, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 1333/1600/1800, SATS 3GB/s, ATX 86.68

Artic cooling freezer 7 pro-v2 15.97

1gb xfx HD5770 132.27

320GB hitachi deskstar7k1000 sata 3gb/s 7200rpm 16mb cache 8.5ms 30.07

Total 561.54 from Scan.co.uk: Leading supplier of Computer Hardware

First of all i am wondering if this will happily run all modern games and secondly what i would lose by switching out the mobo/proc/ram for this below deal from ebuyer and banging on another 2gb of ddr3 1333 generic ram as it would save me 90GBP which could either be put towards a new monitor or better GPU.

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AMD Athlon 630 Bundle Deal Including Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz AM3 Retail Box Processor Asus M4A785TD-M EVO 785G Motherboard and Generic 2GB DDR3 1333 Memory + Free Dirt 2 Download Voucher!

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I would go for this instead of the CPU you picked - it's pretty much as good, and £7 cheaper Scan.co.uk: HDX945WFGIBOX - AMD Phenom II X4 945, Deneb Core, Socket AM3, 3.0GHz, 8MB Total Cache, HT 2000MHz, 95W, Retail

The 0.2GHz you lose you can easily get back with very basic overclocking.

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AMD Athlon 630 Bundle Deal Including Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz AM3 Retail Box Processor Asus M4A785TD-M EVO 785G Motherboard and Generic 2GB DDR3 1333 Memory + Free Dirt 2 Download Voucher!
That sounds like a good idea for your budget - the CPU isn't greatly slower, and the RAM speed doesn't really matter unless you're a hardcore overclocker. And woot, you get Dirt 2
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if i did swap out the 955be for the 630, would i better off upgrading the 5770 to a 5850 or would the 5770 suffice? leaving me room to upgrade my ancient 19inch widescreen thats capped at 1280/1024 (lol)
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if i did swap out the 955be for the 630, would i better off upgrading the 5770 to a 5850 or would the 5770 suffice? leaving me room to upgrade my ancient 19inch widescreen
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It's really up to you, personally I would go for 5770 + new monitor. No point in having a 5850 if you can't appreciate the details it gives you :|

Or, you can get the 5850, and then wait however long it will take for you to get a new monitor, and have epic graphics + better monitor. Really depends on how long it would take you to save up for the monitor.
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