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A good friend of mine is looking to replace his old 2ghz c2d build with something newer and faster.

His budget is $600-900, with 800ish being his desired limit. He wants to be able to play BC2, Crysis 2, TW: Shogun and (hopefully) BF3 with a nice frame rate and is looking for an all around gaming build that won't totally break the bank.

I've advised that he go AMD for obvious reasons. He games at 1440x900 and is not at all looking to replace his monitor. Because of this I am not sure he will need anything more powerful than a 460 1gb, which are really cheap on newegg atm, but we're open to other suggestions.

He needs a full build, mobo/cpu/ram/gpu/psu/case/hdd. I am thinking one of the AMD 6 cores might be a good processor for him, with some excellent future longevity, but what do you say? What can we build for $800ish? Looking for maximum bang for our buck
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my suggestion from another thread:
Quote:
CPU+Cooler 143$ (CPU shipped)
Mobo+GPU 224$ AR (mobo shipped)
Case 35$ after promo code (shipped)
PSU1 77$ AR shipped
PSU2 80$ shipped
SSD 64GB 80$ AR (shipped)
RAM 40$ AR (shipped)
HDD 65$ (shipped)
ODD 17$ (shipped)

total 670$ after rebates
(get rebates and add another 6850 for CF)
6850 CF(320$ AR) perfomance vs GTX 580(500$)
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my suggestion from another thread:
yes, except scrap the SSD can use that saved money to get a HAF 912

other than that...that about the best you're going to get, and it's a hasty system
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my suggestion from another thread:
Hey thanks that is an excellent build, +rep. What's the consensus on amd's current quads vs their 6 cores? I am thinking a 6 core will have more legs, and my friend don't rebuild very often, would a 6 core be a better option?
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Originally Posted by Chimeracaust View Post
Hey thanks that is an excellent build, +rep. What's the consensus on amd's current quads vs their 6 cores? I am thinking a 6 core will have more legs, and my friend don't rebuild very often, would a 6 core be a better option?
ofcourse a better option but not in best bang for the buck build since practicly none of the current games use 6 cores , 4 is plenty just overclock a quad to 3.6-3.8Ghz put 6850 CF and ur good to game on max settings for couple of years
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post #8 of 11
Figured I'd post this since I been posting this in the other threads since it fits what you have in mind.

Motherboard/CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.592296
CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-065-_-Product
RAM you want DDR3 1600 as a standard personally.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220436
PSU something good enough to later Crossfire or SLI with
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-025-_-Product
GPU This card can UNLOCK to become a HD 6970 giving more performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-914-_-Product
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136177
Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147047
Grand Total with Shipping
$859.65 with $30.00 in Rebates
Bringing it to $829.65

Edit: Since your friend doesn't play at a High resolution I should switch out the Video card for something cheaper I didn't even see that must of missed it. Apologies. It'd save you roughly $100 or so but I'd recommend asking him if he wanted to move up to gaming in 1080P as it'd be perfectly in a Budget to get him a nice stable framerate at 1080 and keeping him in $600-900.
Edited by Dtrain - 2/14/11 at 1:10am
    
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dtrain View Post
Figured I'd post this since I been posting this in the other threads since it fits what you have in mind.

Motherboard/CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.592296
CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065
RAM you want DDR3 1600 as a standard personally.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220436
PSU something good enough to later Crossfire or SLI with
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371025
GPU This card can UNLOCK to become a HD 6970 giving more performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102914
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136177
Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147047
Grand Total with Shipping
$859.65 with $30.00 in Rebates
Bringing it to $829.65
Thanks for the post, but none of the links work
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Originally Posted by Chimeracaust View Post
Thanks for the post, but none of the links work
Updated finally got them working.
    
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