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yeah, i forgot to add, if you arent the type to trust the rebates, then take a cheaper X2 brisbane with what i reccomended above. there are a few that are selling for really cheap on newegg right now that will overclock to perform nicely paired with that 4830.

lokster- the 4670, while being a good card, is in a totally different league than the 4800 series. i'd recommend it over a 3870, citing the power consumption improvements and the improvements with AA, but a 4830 has twice the sp's and twice the memory bandwidth for, as you said, only 10 dollars more.
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post #33 of 35
With your size monitor, building a decent gaming rig under $300 shouldnt be too difficult, especially considering you already have a few of the parts needed. Personally, this is what I would grab:

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138106

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103289

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150320

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231111

The video card will easily be able to handle COD4 even with some of the eye-candy turned up. Everything else would be able to do the other things you wanted as well.

With shipping its $248. If you wanted to toss in a second set of that RAM just to have yourself 4GB's, it comes to $271 with shipping.

Hope I was able to help give you some ideas.
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post #34 of 35
For gaming, invest your money in the video card. Don't skimp on that. You should be able to get an HD3870, 9600GT, or better for under $100 which is about as low as I'd go if you want to play modern games. Also do your best to get a quality PSU. If the PSU breaks, it usually takes the motherboard, RAM, and CPU with it, not fun trust me. The good news is you only need a good 400-450W PSU, think Corsair, Antec Earthwatts, or maybe even Seasonic if you can find some good after Christmas sales. The rest of the parts you can, and will have to, cut corners on for a budget of only $300 that needs a CPU, heatsink fan, motherboard, PSU, GPU, RAM, and case.

I highly recommend you do NOT get an open box motherboard. Usually open box boards come with just the board. No I/O plate which is really annoying, no cables, no manual, no drivers disk. You say "oh I'll just download the drivers" until you remember that you cannot connect to the internet without an ethernet driver. Requires planning ahead and downloading the drivers for the board ahead of time and burning them to a disk. However, you might be able to find a good deal on a board in the OCN marketplace. I've had goodluck buying from our fellow users, we're an honest bunch.

RAM is so cheap now the 4GB kits are often the same price as the 2GB kits, so I'd get a 4GB kit (2x2GB) for sure.

I'd get an E2200 for $70 and just do a little mild overclocking on stock voltage with the stock cooler. At 2.2GHz stock, it's just about as fast as the X2 6000+ which also costs around $70, however the X2 6000+ won't overclock much at all whereas the E2200 will probably hit 2.8GHz without even touching the CPU voltage or replacing the stock heatsink (just be sure to manually set the CPU voltage to 1.3v, leaving it on Auto will cause the voltage to increase and your temps will soar). And at 2.8GHz, it will blow away any overclocked AMD Brisbane or Windsor. My E2180 at 2.0GHz scored the same as my AMD Windsor at 2.7GHz in 3DMark06. The Core 2 architecture is just far superior to AMD X2, and I'm not a fanboy, I've owned three X2's, an E2180 and a Q6600 in the past 2 years.

My final advice, scrape together another $50-100. $300 after mail-in rebate will get you a respectable gaming rig. $300 before mail-in rebate is asking for junk. If you spend $100 on the video card (which you should) you'll only have $200 for the CPU, motherboard, PSU, case, memory, and heatsink. That just isn't enough for decent parts, you're looking at a no-name PSU that comes with the case, junk memory, stock heatsink, and a board that is questionable at best.

Good luck!
Edited by durch - 12/27/08 at 8:39pm
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post #35 of 35
i'll reiterate that the best rig for $300 is one that can be upgraded later. getting an intel chip will get you better performance now, but in six months to a year when you need some more oomph (as you will with only a 2180) you'll be looking at a new mobo and chip at least, ram too probably. because s775 will have been eol'd to make way for the i7 and i5 intel stuff, you will have to buy either a new chip for an unfair above retail price or a used one that has been overvolted and OC'd for a period.

for that upgradeability, you can either buy an i7 setup for way more than 300 dollars, or go with an AM2+ rig. buying stuff for a socket with imminent obsolescence is not the best option no matter how well it performs.

additionally, i forgot to mention earlier that i'd seen a tlb bug locked phenom quad for under 80 dollars at fry's last weekend. you might want to consider OC'ing that until you can get ahold of a newer, better chip.
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