best price/performance gaming system


Oct 1, 2006
Hi, looking to build a new (gaming) system for approximately 500.00 total without operating system, it will probably go over 500.00 but so far for price to performance ratio I am thinking an AMD system.

x2 5400 black edition proc/ aftermarket cooler. 87+cooler so 120?
assuming of course it is worth purchasing the black edition rather than a retail w/ retail fan. Will this bottleneck the system? Should i invest 190.00 into a 9850 be? I dontt hink quade core is worth it for a gaming system. (Id rather go E8400 if I did this since the system is for gaming)

ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - $70.00

Antec Sonata III and earthwatts 500 PSU on sale - 100.00$

RAM~well just say $45.00 for 2 gigs (many are on sale for 25.00$). Is there much of a performance increase between ddr2 800 and 1066 if your not using an AMD chip with faster HT, if not ddr2 800 is a much better value.

500GB HD ~75.00

Video card - tough selection here to. Is the Hd 4850 for say 150.00 better than an HD 3870 price/performance wise of course. for say 95.00? (ebay). is it worth getting the current 4850's with slower ram? should i look for an 8800gt?

Optical Combo drive - $23.00

So in summary.

CPU - $120.00 With cooler
Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core black edition Processor

Motherboard - $70.00
ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM 30-50.00 Is DDR2 1066 worth it?

500Gb HD 75.00

Optical - 23.00

Case/PSU 100.00 (at least 70.00)

so 400-440 without the video card, gonna be a little over 500.00, what do you think are the bottlenecks? and what card?


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