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Was going to build the system thats in my sig, but the IRS smiled on my and is giving me back more than I thought. With that in mind I figured I would redo my list. Tell me what you think.

 

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

Model #: Sonata III 500

Item #: N82E16811129024

 

 

ASUS M2R32-MVP AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Model #: M2R32-MVP

Item #: N82E16813131095

 

(2) GECUBE GC-HD3850PG3-D3R Radeon HD 3850 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Model #: GC-HD3850PG3-D3R

Item #: N82E16814241066

 

 

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO4000DDBOX - Retail

Model #: ADO4000DDBOX

Item #: N82E16819103774

 

 

OCZ ATI CrossFire 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2A8002GK - Retail

Model #: OCZ2A8002GK

Item #: N82E16820227169

 

 

 

That is running 3850 x2 or I can just run 1 and upgrade the mobo and/or processor.

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no problem angry..besides I think I got the system I am going with. Everyone tell me what you think:

 

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

Model #: Sonata III 500

Item #: N82E16811129024

 

 

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-DS4 AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Model #: GA-MA790X-DS4

Item #: N82E16813128075

 

 

GECUBE GC-HD3850PG3-D3R Radeon HD 3850 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Model #: GC-HD3850PG3-D3R

Item #: N82E16814241066

 

 

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor Model ADO5000DSWOF - Retail

Model #: ADO5000DSWOF

Item #: N82E16819103194

 

 

mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996529 - Retail

Model #: 996529

Item #: N82E16820146599

 

 

 

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Model #: ST3250410AS

Item #: N82E16822148262

 

 

 

Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler - Retail

Model #: RCX-Z1

Item #: N82E16835200014

 

 

Subtotal: $673.89

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looks cheap and solid enough for you :P 1024x768 makes the 3850 just perfect, with CF board, ezy enough to find good cf boards for intel and amd platforms, but the amd cpu will be a bottleneck, like any cpu is :P but the cost of expensive cpu's isnt worth it, and to keep this build in 700 usd, and still keep it as a gaming system is quite well =).

 

even though people gonna complain on the cpu part.

 

to summerize the benefits of the amd build rather than intel: good memory performance with cheap kits, low TPD, its 65 watts+ max of 10 with chipset, its quite low, lower than intel systems due to low TPD on chipset, and the price, i think he will 2x the performance compared to the old intel.

 

the cons is the cache and cpu speed.

 

but the black edition is alot of fun =).

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looks cheap and solid enough for you 1024x768 makes the 3850 just perfect

 

um...a 3850 w/256MB of RAM will DEFINITELY allow for more than lowly 1024x768 gaming...I mean, I've got a 7800GT and 7800GTX both with 256MB that can run just about any game except the newest of the new at 1280x1024 and even 1600x1200 (on some older titles).

 

My X1900XT can easily run HL2 engine games at 1600x1200 without AA enabled...and my 8800GTS 320MB can EASILY run all games but Crysis at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with AA enabled, and I'd say that the 3850 is right around the performance of the 8800GTS 320MB from what I've seen.

 

2GB of RAM + a 3850 video card = excellent gaming setup for anything but probably Crysis (and keep in mind it WILL play Crysis very nicely at medium settings as long as you aren't trying to do 1600x1200 heh)

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I'm almost jealous...almost. j/k...very wise choices and great price! very upgrade-able too. Smart man! And you can always oc that cpu...sometimes i think mine is just a factory oc'ed 5000. :confused:

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I'm almost jealous...almost. j/k...very wise choices and great price! very upgrade-able too. Smart man! And you can always oc that cpu...sometimes i think mine is just a factory oc'ed 5000. :confused:

 

lol at 3.2 Ghz stock speed dual-core...what is there to complain about?

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Cuz i paid almost $300 for it when it 1st came out? Lol...and this one doesn't oc all that well cuz it's already near the ceiling, but I've seen some people get it up to 3.5ghz with good cooling and mobo's.

 

I bought it just cuz I'm tired of ocing my cpu. The gfx card on the other hand...well, with riva tuner it's just downright fun!

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Thanks for the input guys. Had ALOT of help from Imsochobo (Fellow DIY clanner). He set me on a path with minor OCing in the future, but the ability to upgrade to a phenom and bigger things later on down the road. Plus under $700 is a BIG plus

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Yeah, great choice on the am2+ capable mobo. Pretty sure mine is too. I wasn't even thinking about it. I don't think i even heard about am2+ when Travis recommended the board to me. Enjoy your new system!

 

Always good to see a happy customer...lol.

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