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What is a Great Value Gaming Rig Configuration?

The title says it all. I am building my first gaming PC and want to know what is a good gaming configuration for under 900$? I want to play modern games on max including BF3. Please help me with this. Thanks.

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  1. Like I am telling everybody, that says they have a budget, your biggest savings is going to come if you already have a hard drive, even if it is a SATA2 drive, just reuse it for a few more months. The price of hard drives has doubled and tripled over the last few weeks, due to flooding overseas... The SATA2 drives will be slightly slower, but the price of a 1Tb SATA3 64mb drive is $220 here in the states, they were $76 about a month and a half ago... which will eat up most of your builds money... So if you have an old drive, use it, and that will save you alot for the time being for better faster hardware now... For budget vs. performance, you cannot beat the i5 even the 2300, 2320, 2400, 2500 i5, with a good z68 chipset motherbaord can overclock up to 3.8Ghz, which is really no slouch... Using the same graphics card, a 560GTX ti 950mhz, gained 4000 points in Futuremark 06 from just upgrading to the 2400 overclocked to the same 3.8Ghz that my old q9550 was overclocked to... To put it like this, the q9550 stock out performs about all the Phenom II quads, so as you can see even my q9550 overclocked was kinda bottlenecking my 560GTX ti... The Sandy Bridge is just that good of a platform... Look for used i5's on ebay for bid, and try to snag one cheap. I got my 2400 i5 for $120, paired with a AsRock Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard, G.Skill 2133mhz ram, and my old Gigabyte 560GTX ti... My setup would cost about $600 American, leaving you some breathing room for a good heatsink fan for the CPU, and a good cooling case, and even enough for a decent hard drive, if you don't have one...

  2. Alrighty. That's what I would personally build:

    Mobo: AM3 board, doesn't have to be too fancy, a good cheap one goes for 50€, you can also go up to 100€

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955, it cost me around 130€ back then, like half a year ago

    GFX card: ATI Radeon HD 6870, it cost me around 150€, the XFX one, that is

    CD Rom Drive: doesn't have to be too fancy, my Blu-Ray Samsung drive cost me 60€ back then

    HDD: can be something like 500GB or 1000GB, a 500GB normally costs 90-100€

    Soundcard: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium, cost me around 50€

    PC case: I definately recommend the Sharkoon T9 value case, it costs 55€ and it comes in white, black, red and green. It has got 3 fans built in already, 2x 120mm fans and 1x 80mm fan

    Monitor: 22 inch is quite alright, mine cost me 120€

    Power Supply: a 500W will do its job alright, I'm using a 500W Power Supply by Power Color which cost me 50€, but there is a Creative Fatal1ty one with 550W for 60-65€, but I don't know it it's really necessary.

    Optional: Cooler Master Hyper 212+, it is a quiet and good CPU cooler to replace the cooler that comes with your AMD Phenom II X4 955

    I hope I didn't forget anything. But that setup will surely run Skyrim, BF3, MW3 and all that stuff on high graphics. And if you like NVidia and/or Intel more, then stick with an Intel Core i5 and/or a GTX 460, don't worry about the Hyper 212+, it fits on Intel AND AMD boards.


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