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June 13, 2010 5:19:45 AM

Hello, I'm putting together a new build for my friend whose budget is around $900. He would like it to excel at gaming. He was hoping to buy most of the parts off of newegg. These are what I picked for him so far:

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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Ed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[CPU and Motherboard combo deal: $230 after rebate]

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 700W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Case and PSU combo deal: $160 after rebate]

GPU: Sappire Radeon HD 5830 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$200 after rebate

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x 2GB) Cas 7 Latency 7-8-7-24-2N
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 after promo code

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70

CPU Fan & Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
$35 with shipping

Extra Case Fan: Cooler Master 120mm Red LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$10

Optic Drive: ASUS 24B1ST DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$23

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (Student bargain version)
$78

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Total : $906

Please review what I selected and give me your thoughts and suggestions. I would greatly appreciate any feedback, thank you very much.

-Sean

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June 13, 2010 8:31:11 AM

$866AR with your OS
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June 13, 2010 4:20:02 PM

Nice, you're a magician at bargain hunting.
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June 13, 2010 4:20:46 PM

Thank you for your kind words :p 
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June 13, 2010 7:01:17 PM

batuchka said:
Thank you for your kind words :p 



Hey, you know if the UCC (unlock CPU core) on the ASROCK is any good on an amd athlon ii x3 440? Would i be able to OC and *** after that? Thx
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June 13, 2010 7:54:24 PM

I'm not completely sure however I think it should unlock it just fine. It says it supports the Athlon II CPUs under the supported CPU specifications.
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June 14, 2010 6:41:38 AM

Unlocking depends on many variables such as if the chip batch is unlockable worthy , etc so should be seen only as a bonus not a given ^^
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June 21, 2010 4:16:06 PM

Best answer selected by seanr111.
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