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Case & PSU - Antec 300 + Antec 550W - $100
CPU - Amd Phenom II 720 Black Edition - $100
CPU Cooler - Coolermaster Hyper 212 - $35
MOBO - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 (Can do x8 x8 crossfire) - $120
Graphics Card - Radeon HD 5770 - $175
RAM - 4 GB G.Skill 1600 CAS 7 - $120
Total - $650
*If you want you can save 10 bucks and get CAS 9 latency RAM same brand, and 20 bucks by getting the graphics card from another brand, but I recommend you stick with the ones suggested.
The great thing about this build is you have A LOT of upgrade options. If you choose to get another 5770 down the line you WON'T regret it, because they have been known to perform very well in crossfire. Also, with the AM3 socket you have plenty of CPU's ahead of you that are great upgrades.
Good luck with your build and if you have any questions, let me know.
EDIT: Sorry forgot an optical drive, here's one - $28
justks said:Well, apparently he doesn't have one, thought he did. What do you suggest? He said not to include the monitor price in the $650. Not sure how much he wants to spend on the monitor but probably $100 or so?
So far looks good, still gotta do some looking but what hard drive should I get?
Ah I'm sorry I completely forgot the Hard Drive, this one is probably the fastest available at it's price point.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $55
And heres a 19'' LCD Monitor - $115
You can't really get much in a monitor for only $100 but I tried my best.
Get this processor instead
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz - $85 (CPU FAN INCLUDED)
This combo for RAM/Graphics Card instead
G.Skill Ripjaws (1600 CAS 9)/ XFX Radeon 5770 - $270
That saves $80
Think he can afford the extra $20? I just don't anywhere else we can afford to cut the price down while maintaining the integrity of the build.
Good luck, maybe spot your friend $20