$550 - $650 Gaming PC

BUDGET RANGE: $650 Before Rebates
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, and OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,, and any other reputable dealer
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (eventually)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I had originally wanted to build a PC within the upper $700s, but I had to cut back on my budget due to other expenses. I saw this great deal on an AMD Phenom X4 9750, and wanted to see if I could make a build around this processor. Will this processor be up to the task of dealing with 2x HD 5770s in crossfire? It wont be any time soon, but I wouldn't want to be limited 2-3 years down the road.

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core Processor - 2.40GHz, 2MB L3 Cache, 3600 MT/s FSB, Quad-Core, Socket AM2+, OEM Processor ($59.99)

MOBO: ECS A790GXM-A Motherboard - AMD 790GX, Socket AM2+, ATX, Video, HDMI, PCI Express 2.0, Hybrid CrossFire Support, Gbit LAN, RAID ($109.99 - $20.00 MIR)

HD: Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM ($54.97)
(Tiger Direct didn't have the Samsung F3 500gig for some reason - If this HD sucks compared to the Samsung, I'll get the Samsung from NewEgg)

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI ($179.99 - $10 MIR)

RAM: OCZ Vista Gold Edition Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) ($97.99 - $15.00 MIR)

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 120mm Fan, SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready, PCI-Express ($84.99 - $25.00 MIR)

Case: Enermax ECA3170-BL Staray Mid Tower Case - Blue LED Fan, Micro ATX, 2x 120mm Fan Ports, 2x 120mm/140mm Fan Ports, 7x Expansion Slots ($54.99 - $20.00 MIR)

Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 - On the fence about this...

Total Cost Before Rebate: $642.91
Total Cost After Rebates: $552.91

What do you guys think?
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  1. Best answer
    Um. No.

    You want to build on at the AM3 socket. Here's what I'd do:

    CPU/Mobo: X3 425 and GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 Combo for $197
    HDD/PSU: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and OCZ StealthXStream 700W $120
    Case: Antec 300 Illusion $62 w/ $12 rebate
    GPU/RAM: HD 5770 and OCZ Platinum 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333 CAS Latency 7 $239 w/ $30 rebates
    Optical (if needed): Cheapest SATA DVD burner $20

    Total: $638 before rebates
    Total: $596 after rebates

    If you want to spend a little more: X4 925 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 for an additional $63.
  2. Hi, IMO isn't a good rig today.

    1- The Phenom that you want is a old processor, with $100 you can get an Athlon II X4 620

    2- IMO the mobo isn't good, and is expensive for an AM2+, you can get an AM3 mobo with similar price.

    3- Get the F3, same price better performance.

    4- Good GPU

    5- Good RAM, but if you change the CPU and Mobo, you will nedd DDR3

    6- You can get a better PSU like the Antec 550W $ 89,99

    EDIT: Sorry, like MadAdmiral says, the F3 is unaivalable this looks good.
  3. F3 is no longer available. The Seagate 7200.12 is just as good as the F3.
  4. Best answer selected by bin82.
  5. Thank you all for the input - !!
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