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post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
Serious, I think you're the one starting the off-topicness.

For $600, AMD is by far the better choice for a gaming rig, since it allows a much better video card. The CPU isn't *that* important for gaming anyways (except benchmarking, and a few exceptions).

It's not in every case that Intel is the best pick.
Well if you run 3DMax you will realise that what Chozart said its true. The CPU tests are half minute and it just passes 1 frame every second. CPU does help the gaming but compared to a VGA it does nothing. Playing Fear here and at a friend's that has a 6300 can;t be compared. Although he has a X1950 pro and not 8600 GTS. But still its kinda funny to see my D930 beat his E6300.. in gaming that is!!!! >>

Although if you go for the 8800 get the 600Watt psu if not better..
    
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Nay.. no real need for 600W or more with a single 8800 series card.

An 8800GTS can easily be ran with a 500W PSU with 30A on the 12V rails (yep, including overclocking), while the GTX can easily run off 500W with 35A on the 12V rails. These estimates are already quite a bit above the nVidia minimum recommendations

Here is my suggested rig:Total from Newegg: $525.95

And no, I did not forget the PSU:
SilverStone ST50EF-Plus 500W PS w/ active PFC and 80 Plus Efficiency $80.75

TOTAL: $606.70

Yeah, few dollars over..but I included a heatsink/fan
    
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post #13 of 17
I'm going to have to agree with chozart; a core2 just isn't practical for a gaming build in that price range.
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post #14 of 17
Well its not like I can deny what chozart says because ... well... he is chozart.. but if I could afford the extra juice of the PSU i would definitely get it and I am not talking about futureproof or anything I just hate the idea of PSU working to its limits.
    
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I agree whole heartedly with chozard
I got my video card before the DX10 cards came out, as a step up from a 7600gs. Im selling my X1800 to get an 8800 gts or a hd2900xt soon.
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post #16 of 17
I only mentioned the E6420 because his original rig was Intel based.
I only mentioned AMD's marketshare, as sarcasm

I agree, I have built 4 of those AMD Tforce550/Brisbane combos and they are smokin' for the price. All of which are running 2.5Ghz stable with about 20 minutes of overclocking
    
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Thank you all, looks like I'll still be running AMD in the future!
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