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#1 intrepid.enterprise

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 17:56

i am going to build a new computer for light gaming and so far I have chosen the following parts

asus m5a88-m motherboard
amd phenom x4 965 black
fractal design r4

budget is $600, so far i have only the mainboard and processor, are these good? i cant afford an i3/i5/i7


#2 Crisp

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 17:58

What kind of games do you intend to play? The most expensive part will be the graphics card.

#3 Jason S.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 18:47

What's your video card budget? What's the resolution of your monitor? How much RAM do you intend to put in it?

#4 mduren2445

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 19:03

memory......go at least 8gb memory especially if you are gaming...the board can support 16gb ddr3

#5 Mindovermaster

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 19:54

For RAM, get the G.Skill RipJaw X series. They have not yet failed me.

#6 OP intrepid.enterprise

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 22:02

gonna play starcraft2 and league of legends
i am thinking of getting a radeon hd7770

#7 OP intrepid.enterprise

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 18:08

i was thinking of the other stuff to add:
radeon hd 7770 (not sure which variant yet, most likely stock)
8gb 1600mhz (brand doesn't matter)
ocz vertex 3 60gb ssd
16x dvd-rw drive
maybe a cheap card reader

#8 Mindovermaster

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 18:25

The XFX version of ATI cards are superb. Most of their cards are lifetime warranty.

As said above, get the G.Skill RipJaws X series for RAM.

I would rather go with a Samsung 830/840 than with the OCZ, but that's my take.

#9 OP intrepid.enterprise

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:10

what about the mainboard and cpu
asus m5a88-m
amd phenomx4 956

is the motherboard good? what about cpu? i know its a little old but will it work fine today compared to i3 or i5?

#10 Jason S.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:18

i'd get a better video card if your budget permits.

Also, dont bother w/ the Vertex 3. get the 4, or the Samsung 830/840 as Mindovermaster suggested.

Asus makes great motherboards. Honestly, i think you're best off just getting an intel setup.

#11 Luc2k

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 17:42

The 840 is slower than the 830 if I'm not mistaken. 840 Pro is better but the price difference is not worth it.

#12 Mindovermaster

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 20:39

I think you got it backwards. The 840 is faster than the 830.

http://www.newegg.co...5^20-147-185-TS

#13 Luc2k

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 20:53

Nope, 840 uses cheaper memory and doesn't yet have 830's reliability track record.