Need help with an AMD budget build 7-800ish


BUDGET RANGE: $700-$800ish before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE : Games, media

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, cooler



PARTS PREFERENCES: None, but I'd like to stick with well known brands and items that are well reviewed




I'm currently looking at: (but I'm still taking suggestions)

Case+Ram: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

CPU+GPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Mobo: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...

TOTAL: $833.82 on newegg

(I have a question on the gpu, it says pci express 2.1 but on the mother board it doesnt have 2.1 only 2.0) I'm kind of inexperienced with computers.

I'll be updating this post diligently as I research, make decisions, and am given suggestions. Thank you very much for any help!
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  1. No worries - PCI gen 2.1 is good to go with gen 2.0 ^^
  2. how about this combo?

    Its $603.98, $553.98 after rebates

    This one is on sale

    $189.99 for this, with a $10 rebate. the 768 MB model is only 3-5 fps behind the 1gb model up to 1920x1200.

    $793.97, $733.97 after rebates

    1. AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor (Model: HDT55TFBGRBOX)
    2. ASUS AM3 AMD 780L Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: M4A78LT-M LE)
    3. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory (Model: F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL)
    4. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model: ST31000528AS)
    5. LG 24X DVD+/-R DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA (Model: GH24NS50) - OEM
    6. COOLER MASTER Elite 310 Black with blue front panel Steel Body / ABS plastic front bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 420W Power Supply (Model: RC-310-BKR2-GP)


    Throw in a decent gpu and you're set. Maybe get a new psu, or motherboard.

    Thank me later.
  4. Duke, x6 processors perform less than x4 when it comes to gaming.
  5. falseg0d said:
    Duke, x6 processors perform less than x4 when it comes to gaming.

    well, yes, a little. the 2.8Ghz 1055t is a bit behind the 3.2Ghz 955. However, if you're multitasking (like running web pages while in an MMO), you'll see differences. Also games keep using more cores, so its a bit of futureproofing. Right now, the difference is only 3%
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