$700-900 Budget FSX Build

Looking for a FSX budget build. Below are the details.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 30-60 days

BUDGET RANGE: 700-900 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: FSX, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: : keyboard, mouse, speakers,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: N/A

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, Not too familiar with it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, Not too familiar with this either.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure, just want a 19-22 inch monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I Would like a DVD burner


I will not actually be building it, but a friend will.

Thanks in advance for all your input.
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  1. At that price including the monitor (which will eat $150) you should look at an AMD Athlon II x3 435 CPU, AM3 motherboard, 4GB (2*2GB) DDR3-1333 RAM kit, 500GB single platter hard drive (Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12), Radeon 5770 graphics card and a 21.5 inch widescreen LCD. For a case look at the Antec 200 with around a 500W Antec PSU like the Neo Eco 520C.

    You could also look at the "recommended build by usage" sticky to get some ideas on parts lists.
  2. Appreciate the input.
  3. Any other replies would be appreciated.
  4. Second dnd's suggestions.

    Do you have an OS? If not, you're really not looking at much...

    CPU/Mobo: Combo: Athlon II X3 425 and Asus M4A79XTD EVO $164 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB DDR3 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W $60 after rebate
    Case: Antec 300 Illusion $60
    Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $27
    GPU: HD 5770 $155 after rebate

    Total: $636 after rebates, without monitor, shipping, OS.
  5. Yes I have Windows XP.
  6. Ok. With that extra hundred, get the Phenom II X4 955 BE. It should be in a combo with the same board for about $250.
  7. I will look into that, thanks for the advice.
  8. OK,

    After taking everyone's advice and adjusting my budget a little bit this is my proposed build.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945
    CPU FAN: AMD BLACK EDITION COPPER HEATPIPE
    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AMD785G
    GPU: ATI RADEON HD 5770 1GB
    RAM: GSKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    HD: WESTERN DIGITAL 500 GB 7200 RPM 16M CACHE
    OPTICAL LITE ON 22X DVD DUAL LAYER +R/RW -R/RW
    PSU: OZC STEALTH X STREAM 700W
    CASE: COOLERMASTER ELITE 310
    CASE FAN: 120MM DC FAN

    OS: WINDOWS XP


    Let me know what you think.
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