First Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime this month

BUDGET RANGE: 500-700$


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Hard Drive, Case.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Ill list the combo id like the basis of this build to be.


SLI/Crossfire: In the future.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Having everything quiet would be extremely nice.

This is the combo id like to start with:

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail

My case is: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

My HDD is a shitty WD 7500rpm 500gb Sata drive.

Ive done quite a bit of research but ive never reached anything conclusive, always bouncing between liking different video cards (GTS 260, 9800gt, 4790HD etc.) from review to review. Also from reading ive come to understand the importance of a good power supply and ive heard good things about corsair, but the price frightens me. And ram as long as its stable is fine, havent done much research into different brands. G-Skill is most likely to fit my budget and needs the best i imagine though.

So really im wondering about ram, suitable video card and a decent power supply for around 230$ which im guessing is severely pushing it. Any ideas?
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  1. for your budget i don't think that the 955 is a good idea. I have been working on a build for myself and i think i got a good one for you. an operating system will set you back about another 100 for an oem edition.

    optical drive

    hdd (you said yours is shitty and this is the best for the money)


    Ram x2 (if you need to save $45 just buy one)

    case and cpu

    power supply and motherboard:

    An important tip to save money is to abuse the newegg combos
  2. BTW if you like your combos better you can always just switch them with mine. i just think a 955 would be an overkill with your budget. This saves you money for os.
  3. I was thinking the Phenom II X2 550 then, i have a Windows 7 Disc ready to go so an OS isint a problem. I like all of your suggestions barring the Motherboard/PSU combo(although the combo discount PLUS the MIR are amazing) It only has one PCIE slot, and id like to grab a second card in the future. I have an optical drive also, sorry i forgot to mention that.
  4. how about this

    this processor is better but the mobo isn't amazing though it does have two pci slots

    the 550 doesn't come with a mobo combo so i didn't list it. you might want to compromise with 3 cores couldn't find a mobo combo. I don't know your faves so you should look. go on newegg and use the filters. Then you can search by brand etc. once on what i want i usually look to see if ther are any combos. My slogan is "ABUSE THE COMBOS"
  5. Whats so great about the f3 spinpoint? ive heard tons of hype.
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