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Hello all

My friend needs a new computer. He plays quite a number of games ranging from Empire Total War, Team Fortress 2, etc. and would get newer, more demanding PC games
I was originally going to do Intel/ with an e8400 processor but then I looked into the AMD/ Phenom II X2 550 BE, which I heard performances just as good as an e8400, and much cheaper too!
I don't want it to be a super-expensive build, but i dont want to cheap out in some areas
So here is what I got so far

CPU AMD Phenom II X2 550 :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103680

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128392

PSU: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371007

GPU XFX GS250XZDFC GeForce GTS 250 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150356
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I was thinking of the XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB, which is about $50 more and pretty good. Will it run with that Power Supply? It says 500 watts in the newegg specs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150359

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119068

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136098

DVD burner: LITE-ON
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106291
Total is about $540
What do you guys think? I think the PSU should be good? I did one of those PSU calculators and i used all this specification and it said it needed about 300 watt, and that was with the ATI HD4890.
Thanks in advance
 

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9600GTs are real gems, if you had an SLI board you could SLI two 9600GTs for just about the same price as a GTX 260, or maybe a bit less!

If your buddy isn't into overclocking, then that AMD is the way to go. If he is, the E8400 will blow it away. They got to 4GHz+ without a hitch on air, with little voltage bumps (E0 ftw)
 

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i would go modular PSU, the coolermaster realpower pro 520w is great. silent and not too expensive. looks good too.

i think the antec 300 is a nicer case in that price range.

definately get the 4890 over that 250.

i agree with goodolsen, get x4 if u can. i prefer intel though.
 

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i agree with goodolsen, get x4 if u can. i prefer intel though.

Just to avoid confusion I wasn't saying buy an X4, just stating that you should be able to unlock the other 2 cores of an X2 with a SB750 mobo. Most people seem to be able to anyway. And if you aren't able to, well you've still got a good dual core.
 

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9600GTs are real gems, if you had an SLI board you could SLI two 9600GTs for just about the same price as a GTX 260, or maybe a bit less!

If your buddy isn't into overclocking, then that AMD is the way to go. If he is, the E8400 will blow it away. They got to 4GHz+ without a hitch on air, with little voltage bumps (E0 ftw)

I wouldn't exactly say you can't overclock on AMD and E8400 can't do this :

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