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post #1 of 13
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Will be used for some gaming (mostly which would MMO's). Here's what I have set up so far I was actually hoping to keep the total cost under 600. Ive got a lot of work to do to get it down there I think but any suggestions as to what I might be able to do to lessen the cost would be appreciated. Also I was hoping to OC it a bit so if any of the components won't work let me know.





post #2 of 13
Well, from what I've seen so far, you can cut back on the RAM. I'd recommend 4GB 1600MHz RAM. You really won't need any more.
 
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post #3 of 13
I say keep the RAM.
With 8 GB, wrath runs a lot smoother. (see list of rigs)
You can drop that 965 and get a Athalon II 635 (make sure it is the ADX635WFK42GM one and not the one that ends in GI)
The GM one is a C3 stepping, and I think you could OC it reasonably.
(Click on the link to wrath in my sig to see the reason why I have a 940 in it)
Are you planing on buying a copy of windows?
 
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post #4 of 13
newegg charges you tax???
The rs i haveam isn't really needed but its nice to have i gues never used 4g of my 8 but its always there i guess :/
Save a couple bucks get the 955 and just bump up the multiplier its cheaper and not a huge difference you won't even notice with a aftermarket cooler. I regret not doing that
That gpu is very good but you might be able to find one with good reviews for cheaper. Save 20 bucks here and there and it adds up

If you have a college email you can get windows 7 for 65 bucks or if you go to college ask them about msdn some schools support it i got free windows through it
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i didnt see a case in there either
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post #6 of 13
you can save 50 bucks going with the Athlon II X4.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103871

Also, your performance increase from 4 to 8 gigs of RAM will not be worth the cost on a 600 dollar gaming rig.

finally, what games are you playing? your only other option here is to cut out some cost with a cheaper video card, but spending the extra now is going to give your rig a bit longer life.
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post #7 of 13
Get this ram set instead. $5 more but faster.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
$15 off w/ promo code EMCKHKJ23, ends 2/7
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post #8 of 13
I love budget systems good job man. But those Rosewill fans have fail written all over them.
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post #9 of 13
1. singlecore2logical's suggestion of RAM
2. buy.com for Hyper 212+ (free shipping)
3. Take HEC Blitz over Antec 300 (Just $35 - has black painted interior, decent build quality & cable management)
post #10 of 13
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Well I switched the processor out but I only saved 11 bucks by switching to the 955. So dropping to the Athlon would be about a 39 difference. Is the 39 bucks worth the L3 cache and the 200Mhz. Ill give some more thought to switching the case out but after rebates its only like 10 bucks. I did switch the ram to 8gigs of 1600 for now. Im still undecided on whether to save the money and go 4gigs or not. If I did go 4 gigs now and bought another 4 gigs in the future would it affect my OC at all. I read that it was more difficult with more RAM slots but I also read that was old news. I haven't researched the OC so much until I get the parts on hand.
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