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Phenom II 955 ~$700 build

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April 8, 2010 11:19:06 PM

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=N82E168...

HD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 4670 $79.99

OS: Win7 Home Premium OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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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April 9, 2010 12:29:33 AM

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.
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April 9, 2010 12:51:20 AM

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
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April 9, 2010 12:58:09 AM


Optical: LITE-ON $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

GPU:4850 $94.99 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Win7 Home Premium OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/b]: Antec Three Hundred Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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?Ite...

MOBO
Gigabyte GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF/Floppy

Hyper 212 Plus and Random Floppy $33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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.
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April 9, 2010 1:30:43 AM

good suggestions, but they don't fit into the budget. Its $700 including OS
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April 9, 2010 1:33:29 AM

Great thank you banthracis, looks like a great system for my needs and budget. I appreciate it
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April 10, 2010 4:55:49 AM

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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