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So I like many other people on OC.net am going to build a new rig, since mine is totally outdated (understatement) I want to be confident in it.

So since I am also saving money for college I am going to have to weigh certain parts. So far it looks like I might be able to save around 250$ - 300$ for a build by my next term of school. That being said I don't have a lot of spending power.

If you look at my attachment, these are some of the parts I am thinking of (any not listed I already have). I have multiple questions surrounding them.

1.) since I only have enough money for a new -vid card- or a -proc,ram,mobo,psu- I can only select one group. Considering I have a x1300 what would be my best option, bottleneck a 4850 with my old rig, or bottleneck a rig with a crappy card. Will the change from single core to duel as well as DDR to DDR2 be worth keeping a crappy card?

2.) Is there any other deals I am not considering, like a different proc. Maybe to save money or anything. I love AMD, and I think it would be really hard for me to switch out.

3.)and what is your opinion(s) on it. I want to be able to play new games on decent settings for at least 2 years and have it still function for another couple.

Sorry if it is a long post.
And thanks to all for any kind of contribution you make!
    
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I would really appreciate it if someone helped me
    
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post #3 of 26
Get a 8800 GT (roughly $130 after MIR)

Get the MIR then get:

E2180 - $70
Gigabyte P35 - $75
G.Skill 2 x 1 gig ddr2 - $45

so $130 + 70 + 75 + 45 = 315
post #4 of 26
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Get a 8800 GT (roughly $130 after MIR)

Get the MIR then get:

E2180 - $70
Gigabyte P35 - $75
G.Skill 2 x 1 gig ddr2 - $45

so $130 + 70 + 75 + 45 = 315
You kinda missed the point
I like AMD and ATI alot


and before any kind of rebate the 4850 is like 30$ more and blows that out of the water.
    
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post #5 of 26
there are some other 8800GT's that are even less. i got my dad one about a month ago for $150, so you just have to shop around for the best deals. but i would also suggest the build by CravinR1

sry missed the love for AMD part too
post #6 of 26
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You kinda missed the point
I like AMD and ATI alot


and before any kind of rebate the 4850 is like 30$ more and blows that out of the water.
good choices the unlocked multiplier on the 5000x2 you should be able to easily get 3.2 and higher
    
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post #7 of 26
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but the thing is I can only get
A- Proc, mobo, ram, psu
B- New 4850

because I'm saving money for college
    
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AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 XFX 4850 G.SKILL 2GB DDR800 
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post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by --ares-- View Post
You kinda missed the point
I like AMD and ATI alot


and before any kind of rebate the 4850 is like 30$ more and blows that out of the water.
Trying to get you close to getting all your parts at once

g'luck with your ati/amd build
post #10 of 26
Keep the motherboard, ditch the 3000+.

Step one: Opteron 170... Overclock it! If you need some cooling, the best bet for s939 was the Tuniq Tower.

Step two: Graphics card!


I went from a 3000+ to an Opteron 170 and to my surprise noticed a HUGE difference.
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