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#21 Ranucci's Big Butt BBQ

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 05:11 PM

Go to newegg.com, do some research on parts and do it yourself.
I just built my 2nd gaming rig for under $800.00. Took me a few hours to put together and install software.
System has a Phenom 9950, ATI 4870, 610watt PSU, 4 gig ram and a massive CPU cooler. Thing will run anygame maxed out without any lag.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 10:50 AM

huge discount alert:
http://www.mwave.com...riteria=AA73402

nvidia gtx280 for $280, with a $20 mail in rebate (MIR), so thats $260 for a card that is a babystep down from their newest. this is a huge instant rebate. if i was building one right now, this is what i would go after. heck if i was builing in the next 2 months i would get it now and sit on it. the new gtx285 just came out and i doubt the gtx280 go this low, as they arnt that far off in performance. its not the monster gtx295, but this will run everything and then some. unless he is getting a monster monitor that runs 1920x1200 or above, its gona be darn good for a very long time.

also mwave is a very good online retailer. i am actually considering getting this and ditching my "old" 8800gt. this card will run anything and everything at rediculous resolutions.

Edited by chbright, 04 February 2009 - 10:55 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2009 - 11:07 AM

I think the nvidia cards are either overpriced right now, or the comparable ATIs are just significantly cheaper. I just bought a 4850 for $150 that really kicks ass.

Also, for power supplies I would suggest this. It has plenty of power and runs quite and cool.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 11:52 AM

I think the nvidia cards are either overpriced right now, or the comparable ATIs are just significantly cheaper. I just bought a 4850 for $150 that really kicks ass.

Also, for power supplies I would suggest this. It has plenty of power and runs quite and cool.


overpriced???????
the gtx280 can run neck and neck with ati's 4870x2. its $400. they arnt that far off in price. heck the new gtx285 is gona retail at $380 compared to the 4870 x2 at $400. the x2 is a marginally better card, but you gona pay 20 bucks for a few frames a second faster on average for an ati? or 140 more than the gtx280?

agreed that the lower model cards generally shift towards ati in price, but the gtx 280 is not a lower end card, its right near the top still.

like that psu as well.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 02:57 PM

I'm not aware of what the benchmarks are or what's considered high end these days. I just know I got a 4850 that can run games that just came out recently on the highest settings. It just seems to me the best bang for your buck right now is with the ATIs - if a 4850 is low end, then I need nothing more than a lowend card. ;)