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650$ amd gaming pc advice

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August 19, 2010 1:22:10 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 650-700 (with shipping and taxes) before rebates. canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games, movies , web browsing , other random nedry stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, os , keyboard, mouse, hard drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: wherever

PARTS PREFERENCES: Amd cpu

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1024x768-1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: anyone have an i3- i5 build in this price range would be nice to see?.. also would like to attempt to unlock 4th core



AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka. OEM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5770 1GB Super Overclock Edition

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


LITE-ON Black 24X SATA CD/DVD Burner

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

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August 19, 2010 2:20:19 AM

No, intel builds in this range don't compare. I'm always kind of annoyed when I see people try.

Don't bother with the whole phenom black edition and go for a Athlon II triple core for much less and the same gaming performance.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

has sataIII and USB 3 has the new chipset which, really, doesn't matter now but might maybe matter later for future CPU compatibility.

or

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Just don't try to crossfire on it since the second slot is only x4.

The power supply is adequate and good, but personally I always like having plenty of upgrade room on it for future builds to come instead of buying another PSU every year or two.

Something like this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

or the 750 watt version.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

overkill, yes, but that's the point.

If it'll fit the hyper 212+ is a good cooler.

An alternate case:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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a b À AMD
August 19, 2010 2:25:41 AM

The Seasonic S12II 620W unit is an amazing deal right now and has more than enough power for that system, for a whole 90 cents more its definitely worth it over the silverstone unit, and has more power than the Antec EA650
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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August 19, 2010 2:42:36 AM

i can get the x3 720 for an extra 20$ so i was thinking its worth it. mostly if i plan to overclock?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 5:27:47 AM

Well, if easy overclocking (just changing the multiplier) is worth $20 to you then yeah, you could do that. But you can overclock the other stuff normally. But there should be multiple Athlon II x3 models with prices ranging from $70-90, not sure how you're figuring only $20 (assuming $120 for the phenom version) difference. Your link says the CPU is unavailable, so if that's where you wanted to get it, well, you can't.

And between the athlon II models there's only a few hundred megahertz difference which wouldn't really be noticed and especially not if you OC it anyway.
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