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post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Stripes;11783114 
I was hoping to stay away from the 700 Chipsets, 770 for sure. I want to be able to upgrade this system in the future if need be, and I was assuming the 800 chipsets were a better deal. That looks like a beast of GFX Card though, anyone have suggestions with the parts I have picked out? And any reassuring comments on going with a CPU without L3 cache?

The 770 I recommended supports up to X6 processors so I don't see where you're going with that. With AM3+ coming you'll be behind soon anyway.

Building a gaming rig I'd focus on the video card, processor, and ram instead of the motherboard.
Edited by C.Jackson - 12/26/10 at 2:04pm
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post #12 of 29
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The 770 I recommended supports up to X6 processors so I don't see where you're going with that. With AM3+ coming you'll be behind soon anyway.
Are you saying off of these motherboards currently out will not be able to run the AM3+ ?
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by Stripes;11783406 
Are you saying off of these motherboards currently out will not be able to run the AM3+ ?

You can run an AM3 CPU in a AM3+ board, but an AM3+ CPU won't work in a AM3 board.
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post #14 of 29
Any chance you can save up a bit more? $350 allows a very limited, albeit possible, setup (considering you already have a PSU and case), but spending even a couple hundred more opens up more options. The build above is basically all you can manage with that budget; however, an X3 445 and 5770 is hardly enough to meet the goals you posted.
post #15 of 29

My build as follows, similar to C Jackson's with these differences.

AMD Athlon II X3 445 $77.00
BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3/Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 Combo $81.98
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB Hard Drive $54.99 $5 off w/ code NAUGHTYORNICE


would be a monster
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post #16 of 29
Tigerdirect has the gtx460 for $139 after mir... Man i have done a lot of bargain shopping lately. If there's any thought about am3+ cpu in your future then make the cpu & board as low priced as possible. Spend big on video card now... Otherwise reuse anything or buy used for the rest.

Good luck... I regret a few of my recent cheap buys.

Best,
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post #17 of 29
This one is from Tigerdirect too, what a deal (after mir)

Galaxy 60XMH6HS3HMW GeForce GTX 460 GC Edtion Video Card - 768MB GDDR5 $109
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post #18 of 29
take a look at the OCN marketplace too, there are 955/965s for sale there for ~110 usually
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by C.Jackson;11783014 
AMD Athlon II X3 445 $77.00
BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3/Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 Combo $81.98
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB Hard Drive $54.99 $5 off w/ code NAUGHTYORNICE
PowerColor AX5770 $119.99
LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive $15.99

Total: $349.95

You may be able to unlock the fourth core and L3 cache. BTW, everything on the list has free shipping so it would be $349.95 SHIPPED.

I believe that's the best NEW* deal you're going to get unless you spring for a better video card. The 5770 will play Black Ops no problem though. The cheapest new GTX 460 I could find was $138 and I found an open box 460 for $129. If you still want a 880G board for whatever reason you can get this combo instead for $5 more. The reason I chose the parts I did was because you set the budget at $350 and the build quoted above is right in line with that.
Edited by C.Jackson - 12/26/10 at 4:13pm
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post #20 of 29
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I am tempted to go for the Athlon II series...what would be the best performing Athlon II CPU, to com peat with the Phenom II series?
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