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Another $900 Gaming Build - Need Help Cutting Costs

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August 1, 2010 1:47:43 AM

Hey everyone,

This my first time build. I'll be using this to play Starcraft II, FFXIV, BFBC2. I don't think that I'll be upgrading to a second 460 in SLI at any point, but I haven't really made up my mind yet. My biggest concern here is the budget. I would really like to spend less, so any tips for reducing costs would be greatly appreciated.


BUDGET RANGE: $850-$950

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet surfing, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, operating system



PARTS PREFERENCES: Not strong either way


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Can't decide



Here are the components I've picked out:

Monitor: ($169.99 after MIR)

Mobo/CPU: ASUS M4A88TD-V Evo + AMD X4 955 BE - ($259.98)

HD: Western Digital 750gb Black Caviar - ($59.99 - got it on sale a few weeks ago)

PSU: Corsair 650tx - ($79.99 after MIR)

Memory: Corsair XMS3 4gb - ($89.99)

Case/ODD: Antec three hundred + LITE-ON 24x DVD Writer - ($73.94)

GPU: EVGA GTX 460 1gb - ($239.99)
August 1, 2010 2:09:17 AM

looks ok to me, but id get a phenom II x4 955 for just a little more dough and a lot more performance.
August 1, 2010 2:15:19 AM

$719AR, less since u already have HDD?
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August 1, 2010 4:54:04 PM

Thanks for the posts guys.

Batuchka - I've been told to be wary of MSI and OCZ. Any reason I should reconsider? Have you had good experiences with them?

Any other opinions about this build? My mobo/CPU combo disappeared overnight so now I'm looking at the combo linked below. Same board but the 945 instead of 955.

Thanks everyone!
August 1, 2010 6:09:00 PM

I'm sorry I had issues with my purchase yesterday, and all the combos are gone now, are there any new suggestions you guys can make for the 800-900 dollar range?
August 2, 2010 8:42:21 AM

Yes have built with almost any/all brands of hardware and any brands make both gems and lemons hehe Well i am holding out a day or two for combos to be up again ^^
August 2, 2010 9:42:33 AM

The OCZ ModXstream line of PSUs are quite excellent and at a very attractive price point. The only competition in that range are the new XFX PSUs.
August 2, 2010 10:42:28 AM