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I've been waiting to find a really good deal on a graphics card, or graphics card mobo combo for a while now. When I finally found one, the graphics card went out of stock and has most likely raised in price. I was going to get the XFX Radeon HD 4850 on Newegg for $49.99 AR with a $55 Biostar mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138179 for a total of $89.99...but that kinda fell through. I'm now looking for a new combo or separate deal with similar performance and price. I want to be able to run WoW and some more current games such as Fallout: NV and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Here's my build so far (already have dvd-rw and hard drive)

PSU: OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ500SXS2 500W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply. $19.99 after rebate (Bought while it was a shell shocker deal...most complaints were about an 8pin connector not being included, other than that it got solid reviews)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341038

Graphics Card/Mobo: ???

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX. $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103886

Ram: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX. $35.00 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104203

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case. $39.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119227

$300 is my budget and it's pretty firm, maybe $10-15 over if it's a really good deal. Right now, I'm at about $175, so both for under $125 would be awesome.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 15
mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128469

GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102870 ($72, open box, 1GB) or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814127489R ($62 after $10 rebate, 512MB)
 
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I've been waiting to find a really good deal on a graphics card, or graphics card mobo combo for a while now. When I finally found one, the graphics card went out of stock and has most likely raised in price. I was going to get the XFX Radeon HD 4850 on Newegg for $49.99 AR with a $55 Biostar mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138179 for a total of $89.99...but that kinda fell through. I'm now looking for a new combo or separate deal with similar performance and price. I want to be able to run WoW and some more current games such as Fallout: NV and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Here's my build so far (already have dvd-rw and hard drive)

PSU: OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ500SXS2 500W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply. $19.99 after rebate (Bought while it was a shell shocker deal...most complaints were about an 8pin connector not being included, other than that it got solid reviews)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341038

Graphics Card/Mobo: ???

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX. $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103886

Ram: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX. $35.00 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104203

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case. $39.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119227

$300 is my budget and it's pretty firm, maybe $10-15 over if it's a really good deal. Right now, I'm at about $175, so both for under $125 would be awesome.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
You do not want to get that Power Supply. It's cheap poor quality.
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Yes stay away from that PSU.
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post #5 of 15
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Is there really any other psu for around $20? Thought it looked like a decent deal for the price. Already got it, should I return it and lose around $10 to get a new one?

Thanks for the suggestions.
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http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html

Look here mate ^^

Spend a bit more money on your PSU. Last thing you want is to have it fail and ruin your whole rig.
 
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post #7 of 15
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My psu is recommended in that list in the 500-599w bracket. Is there a certain reason it's so bad? Just would really like to avoid returning it because of my limited budget.

Thanks
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My psu is recommended in that list in the 500-599w bracket. Is there a certain reason it's so bad? Just would really like to avoid returning it because of my limited budget.

Thanks
It's really not a terrible PSU but generally with cheap ones like that you end up with cheap Chinese capacitors and tiny 12 volt rail(s) you really don't want to cheap out on your power supply, some consider it to be the absolute most important part. If your worried you could always test your voltages with a multi-meter but I think you'll be fine.

Also, if you have no intention of doing any intensive gaming, the H467QR1GH is a great card. Otherwise I suggest you bite the bullet and get a 5xxx card or you'll end up outgrowing the 4xxx in no time. I've got the AsRock M3A770DE mobo and I have been quite impressed with it.

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Edited by Roll Cam Tide - 4/19/11 at 10:28pm
post #9 of 15
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I guess I'll stick with it and risk it a bit. I've read a bunch of reviews of the StealthXstream and they're all positive, but that's not always a determining factor.

I am looking to do decently intense gaming. WoW on ultra with 50+ fps, and some shooters like Battlefield: BC2 and Fallout: NV on highest settings (or close to it) with good fps, so I suspect I might need a pretty decent card.
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I am looking to do decently intense gaming. WoW on ultra with 50+ fps, and some shooters like Battlefield: BC2 and Fallout: NV on highest settings (or close to it) with good fps, so I suspect I might need a pretty decent card.
I'd say a 5xxx series card is a requirement if you want any kind of future-proofing.

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