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What kind of games are you planning on playing? If they're going to be graphically demanding (ie. almost any newer game), I'd suggest a newer GPU. Look at reviews for the 9800 (which I'm sure you've already done) and note it's performance at higher settings. Also, a newer GPU will give you some long term playability (there's a word I'm looking for here but can't think of it). I'm not necessarily suggesting getting something cutting edge (5800 series or Fermi), just something maybe a little newer.

Also, depending on how many games you plan to get/have (and the methods of obtaining said games), you may find that a 500GB hard drive fills up pretty quickly. Especially if you have a lot of longer videos.
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post #12 of 13
The only things I would change are:

CPU: Phenom II X4 925 $159.99 OR Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition $159.99
OR Phenom II X6 1055T $204.99 (All New Egg prices)

HD: Go with the Caviar Black drive over the blue.


MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H (Newer chip set . . . I think)

Personally I am waiting till 2011 to upgrade. Both Intel and AMD are releasing their new CPU architectures.
Edited by AtomicFrost - 5/7/10 at 4:32pm
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post #13 of 13
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@ Kurt, Hey thanks for the insight. Such games like BF Bad Company 2 or Crysis (but I don't expect to max out settings and I am fine with medium to high with no AA, etc.) I think the word you were looking for may have been longevity or permanence . I will probably end up with the Caviar Black 640GB (Not too many videos I hope)
@ AF, Awesome, thanks for the list. I will definitely continue my research as I consider changes to my build. Interesting, what type of new architectures will they produce?

What would you guys recommend for graphics card (preferably Nvidia chipset since I have had issues with Catalyst drivers, etc. I found the compatibility and support hard to use/find)
for a budget around ~$150?
-M
Edited by Aznlotus161 - 5/7/10 at 7:23pm
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