Phenom II 955 ~$700 build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a few months

BUDGET RANGE: ~$700 give or take

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies/videos, processing power, intense multitasking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg US

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI/AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Most likely a little overclocking SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly CrossFire in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently have a Dell 17" 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Win7 Premium OEM is included in the budget

Here's what I have picked out so far:

Optical: LITE-ON Optical $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

HD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 4670 $79.99

OS: Win7 Home Premium OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Case & PSU: Antec Three Hundred & 550W PSU Combo $114.94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.359966

CPU & RAM: Phenom II x4 955 & OCZ Platinum 4GB RAM $257.98

Total: $722.87 before rebates & shipping

The things I'm interested in your input on is the RAM & Mobo. If I could get a mobo w/o integrated graphics I'd like to pick up a HD 4850 GPU instead. I'm not really interested in gaming, so I'm not sure if a 4850 would be overkill. Also, what would be a good aftermarket HSF if I wanted to overclock the CPU to 3.6-3.8 or so? Thanks in advance for your help
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  1. MOBO w/ integrate graphics can still use a discrete GPU, just go into bios to disable integrated.

    Couple changes I'd suggest, I'll throw a build together in a bit.
  2. banthracis said:
    MOBO w/ integrate graphics can still use a discrete GPU, just go into bios to disable integrated.

    Couple changes I'd suggest, I'll throw a build together in a bit.

    Sorry about that my wording was confusing, I realize I have the ability to use a separate GPU even with integrated graphics, I was just looking for a board w/o integrated for a little cheaper with the same chipset, etc. that would allow budget room for a 4850 instead of the 4670 I have picked out right now. Thanks for the changes though
  3. Optical: LITE-ON $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    HD/PSU: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB and OCZ Modxstream Pro 600W $109.98 w/ $25 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.362778

    GPU:4850 $94.99 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824

    OS: Win7 Home Premium OEM $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    Case/b]: Antec Three Hundred Illusion
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    Same price as standard 300 due to free shipping

    CPU & RAM: Phenom II x4 955 & OCZ Platinum 4GB RAM $257.98 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.363553

    MOBO
    Gigabyte GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128431

    HSF/Floppy

    Hyper 212 Plus and Random Floppy $33.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.366504
    HSF by itself is $35 so they're paying you money to take the floppy....don't ask

    Total: $728.23 after $60 MIR & shipping to NYC


    I'm not thrilled with the RAM as it's not the best, but at least it's 1.65V. Some other OCZ ram has really high voltages resulting in issues.
  4. G.Skill DDR3 1600 Cas7s


    Just listing a common board since you didn't list any specifications.
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402&cm_re=asus_am3-_-13-131-402-_-Product
  5. good suggestions, but they don't fit into the budget. Its $700 including OS
  6. Great thank you banthracis, looks like a great system for my needs and budget. I appreciate it
  7. dksite053 said:

    I'm not really interested in gaming, so I'm not sure if a 4850 would be overkill.


    Hmm if i were u i'd either hit 790GX/785G or if u want SATA 6GB/s native support and USB 3.0 890GX? I've calculated that either is well within your budget and for non gaming rigs the IGP on these would suffice ^^
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