$750 Budget Build

Budget: $600-$750
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, general websurfing, watching/downloading movies.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
OVERCLOCKING: Hell yeah!
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not at the start of my build.
PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI(gpu)/AMD(cpu)/Corsair(psu)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
- I want a x8/x8 crossfire board, so I can add another graphics card later on.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition - $99.00
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600 - $109.99
GPU: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) - $169.99
Mobo: definately need some help here on a crossfire board with usb 3.0 / sata III
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - $89.99
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  1. I would spend $22 extra and upgrade to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103644

    Here is a great MB with the features you want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128416

    I am not sure about a case but if you need one this is a great case for the money with fans/dust filters included: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 It has an optional 120mm side fan. I like the Antec TriCools that come with it.....3 speed and on low almost silent but still move quite a bit of air. They are about $15 each if you want to add the optional one.

    And I forgot the PSU..The 450VX will be fine for 1 x 5770 but if you plan to Crossfire you will want this : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    That brings the total to $830 with a case.
  2. The phenom II 940 is an old AM2+ CPU. It wont work in the AM3 motherboard you listed. Go with an Athlon IIx3 440 ($75) for better performance cheaper. Move up to a Phenom IIx4 955 for a strong quad core CPU. The Phenom II 555 is a good dual core, but dont buy it assuming you will unlock it into a quad. The odds are not that good.

    The above linked GA-790XTA-UD4 is a good motherboard at a good price.

    Look at Antecs PSUs. They are generally a bit cheaper than Corsair and Seasonic branded PSUs and are built by Seasonic (just like Corsair is). The Antec EA650 is cheaper than the Corsair 550 and will handle two 5770s.

    The 300 illusion is my favorite bargain case, and you can usually get it in a combo with a good Antec PSU to save even more money.
  3. dndhatcher said:

    Look at Antecs PSUs. They are generally a bit cheaper than Corsair and Seasonic branded PSUs and are built by Seasonic (just like Corsair is). The Antec EA650 is cheaper than the Corsair 550 and will handle two 5770s.

    The 300 illusion is my favorite bargain case, and you can usually get it in a combo with a good Antec PSU to save even more money.


    Speaks the truth! I picked up the 300Illusion /w 4 fans + Antec 650EA PSU for a combo deal on newegg!
  4. Full Build

    CPU/PSU
    Ahtlon II x3 and OCZ modxstream 500w $115 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.392562

    RAM/GPU
    Ripjaw DD3 1600 7-8-7-24 (better timings than one you linked at same price) and Asus 5770 $268 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.400336

    HD
    The spinpoint F3 you linked is $70 with the promo code.

    Optical
    LG $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    MOBO/Case
    The GA-UD4 and Haf 922 $195 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.399281

    Total $668 before $40 MIR and shipping
  5. You've actually got a lot left in your budget so you could get this PSU/CPU combo instead.

    $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.403747

    would knock total to ~$703 w/ $25 MIR

    or

    consider upgrading to a Phenom II x3 $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103652&cm_re=phenom_ii_x3-_-19-103-652-_-Product

    and grabbing a CM HYper 212 Plus $28, free ship
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0

    and
    This OCZ PSU 550W $65 with $25 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&Tpk=ocz%20550

    Brings total to ~$748 before shipping and $50 MIR
  6. Th Antec Neo Eco 520 is only $55 without a mail in rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
  7. Quote:
    The phenom II 940 is an old AM2+ CPU. It wont work in the AM3 motherboard you listed. Go with an Athlon IIx3 440 ($75) for better performance cheaper. Move up to a Phenom IIx4 955 for a strong quad core CPU. The Phenom II 555 is a good dual core, but dont buy it assuming you will unlock it into a quad. The odds are not that good.


    Wow good catch dndhatcher.......I am not usually so dain bramaged that I recommend parts that will not work together :whistle: Sorry about that OP.

    At least I got the motherboard case and PSU right lol.
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