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Is this hardware good enough for a gaming rig

by Hawk20204 / June 11, 2009 11:00 PM PDT

I want to be able to run most games at full settings and crysis as high settings

now the hardware that is the most expensive and I think is the most important.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 $167
XFX PVT98WYDFU GeForce 9800 GTX $134
hec X-Power Pro 650 650W Continuous $54

I live in china and the fact that the dollar has gotten so low, it's actually cheaper to get these parts in America, and I would have to bring them over by air, and these are small enough and solid enough to survive flight.

will these do it for me? I will get a motherboard, 4 gigs of ram, CD drive, hard drive, and everything else here in china with a liquid cooled case.

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by Hawk20204 / June 11, 2009 11:05 PM PDT

pricing is an issue. I have a $500 budget for the actual rig with another 100 set aside for games and software, but that can be tapped into if need be. so if you have cheaper, but equally effective alternatives, do share.

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aggresively price shop and consider radeon hd4xxxx
by ramarc / June 12, 2009 5:39 AM PDT

a radeon hd 4850 is a bit faster than a 9800gtx and can be found for $105-$115 (USD). a radeon hd 4870 is much faster and runs $125-$150.

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the plan
by Hawk20204 / June 13, 2009 1:40 AM PDT

CPU- Intel C2D 3.0ghz E8400 $167
GPU- XFX 9800GTX+ $134
Power- Xpower 650W $54
HDD- Not specified but a 500g $50-60
DiskD- Not specified, but crappy $20-30
MBoard- XFX 780i $100-120
Shell+cooling- unspecified Thermaltake $60
RAM- Kingston 2, 1 g sticks $30

this is pretty much my plan so far. I'm goin with nvidia just to simplify things.

any comments? improvements? is my processor overkill?

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