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the only place to start is by setting a budget. From there we can help point you in the right direction on what to buy
Easy build by the way
The AMD quad for $100
Any ASUS motherboard $60
ATI 5770 best cheap card out right now $160
Small SSD, aka 30gb ones. $110
Use a 500gb drive for everything else. $55
I use only Corsair RAM cause it overclocks so well.$100+
I would also get a nice CPU cooler to overclock that quad.$30+
Get a cheapo case $20+, PSU I would recommend Corsair but that's me $60+, I would really look hard at RAM, you want 4gb but it's pretty expensive right now, on my old PC I had 8gb, but it was $100 total, it's $100 for 4gb now.
I don't think you really need a SSD especially if your thinking budget. Nothing wrong with putting windows and games on a normal HD
Your previous suggestion was 43% over OP's budget if you throw in a $21 optical drive to round it out. If you know where I can save an average of 43% off of Newegg's prices, please do tell.
You can find cheaper prices with that system. You just have to do some hunting.
The focus of a budget build isn't load times or storage space...I don't know why people have difficulty understanding that minimum-FPS is the ONLY focus of a budget rig. Furthermore...Raptors aren't the fastest platter drives out there unless you're randomly browsing your HD porn collection... Transfer speed matters.
Regardless, buy the SSD, over RAM anyday. Your system will run alot faster and you'll get more done. I have one and it smokes the Velociraptor by a long shot.
While I don't disagree with everything you said, I'm having difficulty understanding the logic behind an extra ~$150 for a quad core & SSD which don't do anything for FPS while only putting in 2GB of RAM (which only saves about $40 over getting 4GB).
I would still do the AMD cpu (20% of budget), SSD (20% of budget), 5770 (32% of budget), 2gb RAM (13% of budget) & unusable when you upgrade, and a Corsair PSU (12% of budget), the DVD drives are shit cheap, $20 I got mine for. (4% of budget)
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Your doubts are correct. 3GB RAM would be fine, but most kits are 4GB. 2GB is pretty anemic & some games would push you over that during a long session.
I would probably pass on SSD for now unless I could use that in place of RAM (which I doubt highly). 2 or 3GB RAM seems like it would work for me
extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp is a good guideline for PSU calculations. Unless you're running multiple GPUs, 600w or higher is just a good way to spend more money.
The discussion did bring up another question of mine, how do you determine the wattage needed for your power supply?
Good point Nacelle. You can jump up to www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843 for about $20 more than the comparable dual core.
There's always a triple core if you're trying to knock the price down from a quad. Link
Why would you do DDR2 when the cost for DDR3 is right about the same & will actually produce higher FPS?
It's DDR2 so it's 2,4,8,16 and so on.
The only one I can find is www.frys.com/product/6139339?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG for $159.99 + $7.45 shipping - $20 MIR for a total of $147.44
They have the 5770's on sale at Fry's for $130 right now.
How does a SSD increase relevant speed for a budget gaming rig?
you know.. thinking about it.. a SSD on a slower rig could quite possibly bring it up to comparable speed to a more powerful system.. But thats alot of $ for a SSD
the number of cores basically limits how many things your puter can do at once. So having 3 vs 2 merely means if the software you are using supports it, it will run on its own processor.
With a single core the processes have to switch on and off the processor and essentially share time.
With a dual core IE can use one core and then you can have Word run on the other core. and there will be less of a performance hit.
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