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So i want to make a gaming rig for about 700 (not worried if it goes a bit over). Im thinking of sticking with intel and nvidia but its not set in stone. What would give me the best bang for 700 bucks?
 

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Guesstimation:

C2D E8500
GA-EP45-UD3P
Radeon 5770
Corsair VX550W or something similar
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB
Decent $50-100 case
LiteOn DVD burner

How's that sound?
 

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post reserved making an intel/nvidia build on newegg

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=16473108
c2d e8400
lg dvd burner
CM storm scout
antec earthwatts 650w
gigabyte p45-ud3r
corsair xms2 2x2gb ddr2-1066
evga gts250 (probably should just buy a used 260 instead)
total 704
 

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going AMD/ATI would be better tbh - more bang for the buck
 

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Best bang for but stay with ATI graphics, and kept in the intel camp with i5.

i5
ASUS i5 board
5850

as the core components
 

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By the way anyone know how well ati cards perform in CAD programs such as solidworks? The computer is gona be used for gaming and some CAD work. Probably not too much. And would it be better to go wuad core or dual core?
 

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For CAD go quad core. If there's a Microcenter near you they have Q9550s for $170.
 

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By the way anyone know how well ati cards perform in CAD programs such as solidworks? The computer is gona be used for gaming and some CAD work. Probably not too much. And would it be better to go wuad core or dual core?
If it needs to do raytrace renders, quad will have a massive advantage, otherwise if you are just doing complex models, the 4 cores will not really be used effectively. Unless solidworks can use CUDA, which i highly doubt, there will be no differences between using ATi and nVidia for CAD.

My suggestions:

Q9550
4gb G.Skill 1066mhz (g.skill is average price but great performance)
Gigabyte EP45-UD3R
ATi Radeon 5770, 5850 if it fits in budget
Corsair 520HX (modular is so much better)
Azza Solano Case (basically a cheap version of the Antec 902, very nice case tbh)
Samsung f3 spinpoint 1tb
Prolimatech Megahalems + Scythe Gentle Typhoon fan
random SATA optical drive

Not sure how much that comes to, i'm at school and in the UK.

ATi is much better bang for buck, a 5770 will be miles better than a gtx250.
 

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Go AM3, since LGA775 socket is pretty much dead.
You can go for the quad core 955 BE and OC it, and get a 5770 along with it (5850 most likely wont be in budget)..

Or you can get an AMD X2 550 BE for $100 (and unlock the extra cores), with a HD 5850.
And when AMD releases their new round of AM3 CPUs early next year you can upgrade the CPU. That is my suggestion, and I can provide the full build if you're interested in that.

AM3 has many opportunities for upgrading in the long-term, LGA 775 does not.
 
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