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Recomondations for an AM3 system for under $1200?

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March 22, 2009 11:14:33 PM

Hello, I was wondering if anybody had and recomondations for an AM3 system I would like to build in May for under $1200.I plan on using it mainly for gaming. I would like it 2 have at least 3 pci express 2.0 and 2 pci slots as i plan on upgrading later. I plan on overclocking it as well. I'd prefer the parts come from Newegg. I have a 19" lcd. Thanks in advance.
March 23, 2009 1:28:42 AM

Well if you've studied up and read that am3 + ddr3 isn't really the latest and greatest (only about a average 5% performance increase over ddr2 not too noticable) but if that is what you are bent on this is what i would suggest.

Asus M4A79T Deluxe + 4 Gigabyte Patriot Viper DDR3 1600 $267.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.176394

Amd Phenom II X3 720 + HIS Hightec 1 GB $366.99 (20.00 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.164891

HIS Hightec 1GB 4870 $259.99 (20.00) MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161265

Antec 300 $54.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec%20300

OCZ ModXStream 700 Watt $94.99 (69.99) After MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019

Western Digital Caviar 640 GB $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

LG DVD Sata Rom Combo Drive $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

$1149.88 Total Not including MIR And my opinion that can tackle most games of today high settings with pretty good aa settings on yor 19 inch
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March 23, 2009 1:31:39 AM

Reply to the animal

All right thanks il ask again in late april or early may. Btw when i said "I would like it 2 have at least 3 pci express 2.0 and 2 pci slots as i plan on upgrading later" i meant it didn't have to have exactly 3, i said at least. :) 

Would this be good?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: Was typing when jared replied so i didnt see what you said till after i posted, thanks for the advice

Btw do you know when will the new south bridge come out?
March 23, 2009 1:39:22 AM

hmm that does look like a pretty damn good board, but youd actually be paying more for buying that board, it doesnt look like it will be supporting any combo deals on the egg for awhile, and its brand new so it wait till some other guinea pigs buy it and review it :)  and you might want to know that may / april is a really good time to buy,with the new phenom'(s) coming out and the new radeons prices on existing phenoms should drop some, but in my own unbiased opinion ;)  i think that build would be the absolute bast bang for buck and could easily bout with crysis.

Edit: Heres a quote from some tech article. ("From what we can see from the SB800 details, AMD has a real chance of beating Intel's chipset offer. But until Q2 of 2009, when the SB800 is expected to be released, these are just pure speculations.")
Edit 2: LOL Heres the article. http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8228&Itemid=1
March 23, 2009 1:55:23 AM

JaredAudiophileGamer said:
hmm that does look like a pretty damn good board, but youd actually be paying more for buying that board, it doesnt look like it will be supporting any combo deals on the egg for awhile, and its brand new so it wait till some other guinea pigs buy it and review it :)  and you might want to know that may / april is a really good time to buy,with the new phenom'(s) coming out and the new radeons prices on existing phenoms should drop some, but in my own unbiased opinion ;)  i think that build would be the absolute bast bang for buck and could easily bout with crysis.

Edit: Heres a quote from some tech article. ("From what we can see from the SB800 details, AMD has a real chance of beating Intel's chipset offer. But until Q2 of 2009, when the SB800 is expected to be released, these are just pure speculations.")
Edit 2: LOL Heres the article. http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8228&Itemid=1



Thanks, and ive still got quite a while till i actualy order it, who knows what might come out(plus price reductions). :ange: 
March 23, 2009 1:59:18 AM

i hope they drop atleast 20 ;D im in the market to replace my motherboard and cpu, and im lookin at the asus m4a79 + phenom II x3 720 that combo is around 290 now.
March 23, 2009 6:36:21 AM

JaredAudiophileGamer said:


Amd Phenom II X3 720 + HIS Hightec 1 GB $366.99 (20.00 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.164891

HIS Hightec 1GB 4870 $259.99 (20.00) MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161265



$1149.88 Total Not including MIR And my opinion that can tackle most games of today high settings with pretty good aa settings on yor 19 inch








TWO 4870's to drive a 19 inch monitor is overkill . Way overkill .
One 4870 is more than enough since I get 35 FPS in Crysis with e7300 @ 3.33 GHz/ 4850/2 gig of RAM on a 19 wide screen .

If the OP is definitely going to spend $1200 he should get a single 4870 AND a 22inch LCD
March 23, 2009 8:25:38 AM

Well just a thought... for $1200 you can get an core i7 system...

CPU + Heatsink - Combo Price: $335.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo - $249
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + PSU -Combo Price: $179.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GFX card - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - $1135

Unless there are very special reasons you want to go with AM3, I would suggest you go wit this build...

But seeing the probable purchase date in in May, then the P II 955 is coming in May...build ur PC after it releases...It will bring down the price of other CPUs as welll...

And nice info about SB800 from JaredAudio...like to see such gud competition between the green and the blue team...
March 23, 2009 7:44:29 PM

gkay's build is very nice.

Wait until closer to the build date and look at options then.

I see no point in buying AM3 if you can work with i7.
Equally there is no need for anything more than 1x 4850 for 19" and a 4870 will eat most games at 22".

Suggests resurrecting the thread nearer to the build time.

Jeremy
March 23, 2009 8:11:10 PM

gkay09 said:
Well just a thought... for $1200 you can get an core i7 system...

[System Specs]

Combo the CPU with the Sapphire 4870 1GB , instead. They're both $15 off. Then get a Xigmatek Dark Knight. That's a really good mobo, but if you need to pinch a few more pennies, the MSI x58 Pro and Gigabyte x58 UD3R are both more than acceptable and are at least $50 cheaper.

gkay09 said:
Unless there are very special reasons you want to go with AM3, I would suggest you go wit this build...

But seeing the probable purchase date in in May, then the P II 955 is coming in May...build ur PC after it releases...It will bring down the price of other CPUs as welll...

And nice info about SB800 from JaredAudio...like to see such gud competition between the green and the blue team...


Couldn't agree more.
March 24, 2009 11:21:06 AM

How u came to $1.2k?
March 24, 2009 2:33:13 PM

AMD AM3 build for gaming:

Case + PSU combo: $239.98 - $90.00 MIR = $149.98
ENERMAX Uber Chakra ECA5001B Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail +
ENERMAX MODU82+ EMD625AWT 625W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE
Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Mobo + memory combo: $263.98 - $20.00 MIR = $243.98
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail +
Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1600ELK - Retail

CPU + GPU combo: $366.99 - $20.00 MIR = $346.99
HIS Hightech H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ 4+ Turbo Video Card - Retail +
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail

OS + HDD combo: $199.98
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM +
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

2nd HDD: $69.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

DVD + MCR/FDD combo: $41.98
Rosewill RCR-FD201 12-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ Floppy Drive - Retail +
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM

Total: $1,052.90 + any s/h

Not the best PSU or total setup, but just goes to show with even lots of frills that you can get under $1200.
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