Budget Phenom II build

Tell me what you think and give me advice on what I can change and still fit into my budget.

CPU and MOBO combo - $330.99 - $50 = $280.99 (920: -$31 total)
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - $225.00
or
AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX920XCGIBOX - $194.00
BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - $105.99

GPU and PSU combo - $139.98 - $15 = $119.98
SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $79.99
APEVIA WIN-500XSPX 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - $44.99

Memory - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK - $31.99
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $54.99
Case - COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $39.99
DVD-R - LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - $23.99

Total - $551.93 + $15.99 = $567.92 ($537.92 if MIR is applied) [920: $546.92 ( $516.92 if MIR is applied)]

Im on a $500 - $570 budget. I don't want to go over my budget, but preferably I want to go lower.

I usually play combat arms, freestyle street basketball, and gunz with average 25 FPS on my crappy $150 computer. (I know :pfff: )

When I make the new computer I'm planning on playing games like GTA IV, COD4, and Fall out 3.

I'm wonder if there is a big difference between Phenom II 940 and 920.

If the difference is not that significant tell me what GPU I can get to improve my gameplay with the little leg room I get from switching to the 920.

As much as I love gaming, I don't want too much on gaming. (I'm a student)

I know its not fun to help a guy with a low budget compared to some one with $1000 budget, but PLEASE HELP!!!

Thank you
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  1. Hmm perhaps we could squeezein a HD4830 because for the most part
    HD4830 > 8800GT > HD3870 so my suggestion:
    581.93
    7 ship
    25 MIR
    563.93
  2. Phenom II X3 720BE + Gigabyte 790GX Mobo Combo $240.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165024

    OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) $26.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227178

    Antec Earthwatts 500w $69.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007

    SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 $89.99 (15.00) MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $54.99

    Case - COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $39.99

    DVD-R - LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - $23.99

    Total 545.94
  3. JaredAudiophileGamer said:
    Phenom II X3 720BE + Gigabyte 790GX Mobo Combo $240.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165024

    OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) $26.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227178

    Antec Earthwatts 500w $69.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007

    SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 $89.99 (15.00) MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $54.99



    +1 for above components...
    but change RAM and HDD to these...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

    would just add $10 or so but worth it...
  4. +1 to the above 2 posters.
    Excellent parts, excellent performance for the price, you will not be disappointed with that build.
  5. Wont the phenom II 720 and 940 make a big difference in speed?

    Whats the difference from a biostar mobo and a gigabyte?

    There is a Foxconn FX mobo, should I get that instead of the biostar or gigabyte GX mobo?

    I heard a 1066 ram is recomended for a AMD mobo and 800 for intel mobo.
  6. I would suggest getting the case locally as it can easily save you $20-$30 on shipping. With that said the above posts have great value to sum it up for you.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165025 Phenom II 720 with Biostar 790GX $210 - $10MIR ($45 combo discount)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590 4GB DDR2 800 RAM $45 - $25 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129032 LG DVD Drive $25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074 WD 320GB AAKS $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 Antec 300 Case $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010 OCZ 600W PSU $70 - $20MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=48&Description=&Type=&N=2010380048&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&OEMMark=0&PropertyCodeValue=679%3A44946 512MB 4830 GPU $90 - $15MIR

    Total $550 - $70MIR

    I changed the ram to move you up to 4GB and PSU to give you a bit more wattage at a lower price. The motherboard I selected is consider a lowe tier brand, but the customer reviews on it are good.

    Recommneded Upgrades:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 WD 640GB AALS $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 Xigma $37 - $10MIR (AMD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=48&Description=&Type=&N=2010380048&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&OEMMark=0&PropertyCodeValue=679%3A40677 512MB 4850 $140 - $30MIR
  7. For gaming there isn't a significant difference in speed between the 720 and 940. Look at the comparison for gaming benchmarks:
    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3512

    In additon, the price of the 940 I think isn't worth it given your budget.
  8. Thanks for the real detailed advice, really appreciate it
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