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Old 08-12-2009, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I really miss gaming and would love to build another rig. Its been so long though i dont know whats good and whats bad anymore. Really would like to spend about $400 bucks i need everything besides monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I wanna be able to play the games at a decent setting. Just need something where i can play gta iv, arma 2, cod4, and a few flight sims.

I will be playing on a 15 inch crt monitor at a whopping 1024x768 res. So i dont need anything crazy as far as graphics.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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have you thought about maybe squeezing in a new monitor in your budget for a little more money? also, do you have any parts you could salvage from an older computer like a disk drive or hdd?
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Yes i do have a HDD i forgot to mention that. Im going to keep my monitor for a while works great still.
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well for the OS you can use the windows 7 RC for free till about march of next year.

Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC): Instructions for Free Download

and here is a good case,

Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

it's extremely hard to build a good gaming rig for $400. but to cut costs you can replace the gfx card and CPU with these parts,

Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4770 FORMULA/DI/512MD5 Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards that will save you $10

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops not a quad, but almost as good and will save you $65
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I just need a decent rig like i said i just wanna play the games decently. Thanks for the help.

Which card is better the 4850 or 4770? They are the same in price.....
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Awesome Thats perfect! So im guessing amd and ati are beating intel and nvidia now?

Also how will this setup do on my 15" 1024x768 monitor?
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^ not so much. intel currently pwns (yes i said it) amd with thier i7's just amd is better for people on a budget. and nvidia is currently holding the number 1 spot in the gfx wars with the GTX 295 beating the 4870x2.
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