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Old 02-08-2010, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A Budget Gaming Rig.. Suggestions?

This is my first time building a gaming rig. I am on a budget. $~800 is fine. I really need your guys' suggestions. I won't use the computer for hardcore gaming, just games like L4D and WoW; the rest, school work and stuff. Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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change to HD 5770
worth the 20 bux extra

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Old 02-09-2010, 02:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd switch to this power supply:
Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies
It's cheaper and has a rebate.

Also, I don't know how good the quality of AData is, but
Newegg.com - OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3OB1600LV4GK - Desktop Memory
is 1 dollar more and also offers a rebate.

Save $10 with this burner:

You could save a little by going to a midtower as well.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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A-data make good quality ram, you'll be fine with those. For the games your talking about a 5770 would be the way to go.

EDIT: didn't read fat clowns suggestion.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What everyone else says, replace the XFX HD 4850 with a HD 5770, the 5770 will kill the 4850 in pretty much every game ever invented.
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