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August 30, 2010 8:07:06 PM

We're updating the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and are opening the field to user recommendations! Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 recommendations in each category to put to a public vote. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware's BestConfigs, and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with special notice in the feature article.

Post your entries to this thread for the category of Budget AMD-Based Gaming PC, stay under $1,000 and be sure to list the following components-

Processor:
Motherboard:
RAM:
Graphics Card:
Hard Drive:
Case:
Power Supply:
DVD Burner:

Good luck, and may the best builds win!
August 30, 2010 8:46:43 PM

Is this your way of not needing to design your SBM machines anymore?

Here is my selection for a 1k AMD gaming build
AMD 955 $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 1TB $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill Eco 2x2GB 1600MHz CL7 $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 5850 $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-on DVD burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TP-750 Blue $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $974 before $14 in shipping
August 30, 2010 10:00:48 PM

hunter315 said:
Is this your way of not needing to design your SBM machines anymore?
Last time they did this there were hundreds of comments with "suggested changes" to put it mildly. It a great idea to ask for examples and fun for us also.


Here is my AMD bargain gaming build:

Phenom IIx4 955 ($150)

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard ($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zotac 460 768MB ($190)
Zotac 460 768MB ($190) <thats two at x16/x16 SLI>
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 500GB ($55)

Antec 300 Illusion ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner ($18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic SS-650HT 650W SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If my math is right that comes up to $992 without tax/shipping or using any combo deals. For raw gaming performance I think its going to be hard to beat at this price point.
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August 30, 2010 10:19:04 PM

where do i get an athlon II 955?, or is that a quip at them having the same architecture as the phenom?
August 30, 2010 11:00:29 PM

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

Motherboard:ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102883

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

Case: NZXT LEXA S LEXS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146060

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

DVD Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

edit: @dndhatcher : I'll just put in a bigger case. Easier than modding. Also put in a slightly cheaper set of memory to get the price in line.

now at $987.92 before tax and shipping
August 30, 2010 11:03:40 PM

Duke, I think you better include a dremel in your parts list. No way will a 5870 fit in that little case without some "modding".
August 30, 2010 11:26:23 PM

Processor:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Motherboard:
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro
RAM:
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB DDR3 1333
Graphics Card:
EVGA GTX460 1GB
Hard Drive:
Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB
Case:
Cooler Master CM690II Advanced
Power Supply:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
DVD Burner:
Lite On Blu-Ray Burner

The Egg is showing me a total of $957.92 before shipping or any discount codes someone might have. A CPU cooler would probably put the cost over the $1000 budget, but it wasn't listed in the criteria.
August 30, 2010 11:35:11 PM


LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
$17.99

Rosewill TU-155 II 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply
$69.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
$59.99

MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
$199.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
$92.99

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX
$74.99

Subtotal: $570.93
August 31, 2010 12:14:29 AM

dndhatcher said:
Duke, I think you better include a dremel in your parts list. No way will a 5870 fit in that little case without some "modding".



remember that case the power suply is on the bottom it will slide in just fine
August 31, 2010 12:21:49 AM

camarokm said:
remember that case the power suply is on the bottom it will slide in just fine
The PSU has nothing to do with it. The card is too long from rear to front. It will hit the HDD rails, maybe need as much as an inch more space than the first case had. The second case is a full 2 inches deeper and will likely be fine.
August 31, 2010 12:22:31 AM

ASUS M4A88TD-VA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 120

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 150

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 89

HIS IceQ Radeon HD 5770 1GB 165

WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3 110

Antec Three Hundred 70

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 65

Sony Burner 22

Total about 800 with shipping

1000 seemed a little high for a budget build. I started with the 5770, believing it to be the best value a "gamer" would consider good for current and near future games. I built the rest around it, future proofing with a Crossfire MB with USB 3, a quad core that doesn't take a heavy hit on non-threaded apps, cheapest quality ddr3 1600, and a fast hard drive greater than 1 TB (because I've never had a hard drive too big or too fast)

In reality, I think we should reconsider lowering the budget system to 600 or so, and add a mid system around 1000.
August 31, 2010 1:35:28 AM

The fact that it sports 2 GTX 460s is what's going to put it over the top....I'm surprised one one person in both budget categories chose this....IT IS A GAMING PC AFTER ALL!!! (Nice choice, BTW)

Here is my AMD bargain gaming build:

Phenom IIx4 955 ($150)

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard ($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zotac 460 768MB ($190)
Zotac 460 768MB ($190) <thats two at x16/x16 SLI>
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 500GB ($55)

Antec 300 Illusion ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner ($18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, SLI Ready, Power Supply ($75)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If my math is right that comes up to $987 without tax/shipping or using any combo deals. For raw gaming performance I think its going to be hard to beat at this price point.[/quotemsg]
August 31, 2010 2:14:53 AM

I was going to say that "budget" shouldn't be that expensive, but then I realized that there was no build option between "budget" and "high end" so everyone is treating "budget" as if it were "mid end".

on a side note, I recommend "budget" be seriously lowered in price and "mid end" be added at the current "budget" price.
August 31, 2010 2:19:35 AM

My contribution.

Phenom II X4 955 ($154.99)
Processor

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard ($113.99)
Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout ($79.99)
Case

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($89.99)
RAM

XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($99.99)
Power Supply

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($279.99)
GPU

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD Writer ($19.99)
DVD

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM ($74.99)
HDD

Total = $913.92
August 31, 2010 5:02:03 AM

My so called "Budget build" (which is not really very budget) is graphics heavy. It has a 3.0GHz Phenom II X4 and 2 X GTX 460.

You could substitute the 945 here with a 955 or 965 but it would cost $35 or $46 dollars more (or $15 and $26 no combo), respectively. This is due to the loss of the combo deal on the Mobo and CPU.

Processor:
AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz
+$139.99

Or upgrade if price allows (if we can use combos/MIRs to our advantage):
+$154.99 AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2GHz
+$165.99 AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4GHz

Motherboard:
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 790X ATX
+$113.99

RAM:
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
+$88.99

Graphics:
2 X ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 1GB
+$439.98 ($219.99 ea.)

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
+$74.99

Case:
Antec Three Hundred
+$59.95

Power Supply:
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W
+$99.99

DVD Burner:
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner
+$18.99

Sub-total = $1036.87

-$20.00 combo
-$30.00 combo
-$20.00 MIR
-$20.00 MIR

Total = $946.87

Total (NO MIRs) = $986.87
Total (NO COMBOs) = $996.87

Additional CPU upgrade
(Option) +$35.00 (955)
(Option) +$46.00 (965)

Total (965) = $992.87

Hope I haven't overcomplicated things...
August 31, 2010 5:40:41 AM

s far as I'm concerned, $1000 is a big budget for AMD. a REAL Budget gamer is $600-800
August 31, 2010 5:51:46 AM

Here's my extreme budget build that I made by abusing mail in rebates and Bing cash back.

Processor: AMD Athlon II x3 440 - $74.99 ($62.51 after BCB)
Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 - $99.99 ($74.79 after rebate and BCB)
RAM: Corsair Corsair XMS 4GB 1333MHz CL9 DDR3 - $99.99 ($62.99 after rebate and BCB)
Graphics Card and Power Supply Combo: XFX GS250XYDFC GeForce GTS 250 512MB and XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W $184.00 ($101 after rebate and BCB)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM $74.95 ($36.55 after rebate and BCB)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $48.66 ($33.66 after rebate)
DVD Burner: LG Black 24X DVD+R $19.99

Total Price: $391.49
August 31, 2010 5:54:26 AM

Here's what i got:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 ($154.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 ($119.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Graphics: XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 ($285.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB ($74.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ($109.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


DVD Burner: Lite-On 24X iHAS124 ($17.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total w/o shipping: $922.92 (with mail in rebates: $877.22)

Cart: http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...
August 31, 2010 6:08:41 AM

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$89.99

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
$139.99

OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$83.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.95

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
$79.99

XFX HD-583X-ZAFV Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
$209.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
$42.99

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
$18.99

LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
$49.99

Total of $ $775.87 before tax and shipping...

Now that extra ~$225

I'd think if this was a true total build, you'd also have to pop another $100 for OEM windows home premium. But as that wasn't in the criteria, we could double the video card for some Crossfired goodness! Or if you don't play games that are graphic intensive, I'd put that into a 80 gig SSD boot drive. And even then you'd have the option to crossfire later if needed.

I know this is a gaming system, but as everyone uses their rigs for other things, hook it up to your flat screen as a second monitor, and with the Blu-ray drive included, now it's your bedroom entertainment system too! (for only $50, who could pass that up?)
August 31, 2010 6:33:22 AM

And cause I couldn't resist... for those of you that think $1000 is a bit high for a "budget machine", especially one that isn't a FULL system, here's for an entry gamer on the cheap:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.95

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80
$59.99

AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition Heka 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop
$88.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
$29.99

ASRock 770 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$74.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$42.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model
$77.99

GIGABYTE GV-R487D5-1GD Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
$124.99

LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22NS40 - OEM
$17.99

Total before tax and shipping: $577.87

For under $600, thats a fairly mean little system. Especially since all the articles seem to show that going 4 cores over 3 produces little if no gain in most games. It's using last gen GPU, but for that price, I'll take it. I've built several systems using pretty close to this exact setup for friends and family, and never heard complaints.

Throw in win 7 home premium OEM for $100, a decent 1080p monitor (22 inch or so) for $180, and use that last ~$100 for a decent mouse, keyboard and speakers / headphones and you have a FULL system for under $1000 (course before tax, shipping, blah, blah, blah...)
August 31, 2010 6:40:06 AM

CPU - X4 955

Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Mushkin 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card - 2x HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair 750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Antec 300 Illusion/ CM HAF 922

HDD - Samsung F3 500GB/ 1TB

DVD - Lite-ON/ ASUS DVD

The reason why I chose the 890FX is that you can go Quad-fire or 3-way CrossfireX, and in many cases, 3x HD 5770s perform as good as 2x HD 5850...

Or Get this mobo - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX and HD 5850 instead of 2x HD 5770s, allowing for a second HD 5850s in Crossfire later on...
August 31, 2010 6:58:53 AM

Processor:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA 790FXTA UD5
RAM:
G.SKill F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
Graphics Card:
Sapphire HD 5770 1gb128bit ddr5 Vapor X
Hard Drive:
WDC Caviar Black 640gb/64mb (WD6402AAEX)
WDC Caviar Green 2tb/64mb (WD20EARS)
Case:
Cooler Master CM Storm Sniper
Power Supply:
Corsair (HX750) 750watts HX
DVD Burner:
Lite On Blu Ray Burner

I am quite satisfied with this set up - I have tried with failure and success with different parts but I have learned a lot. I use this rig for gaming, video editing and over clocking, it did not fail me.
August 31, 2010 7:00:18 AM

hmmm seing the X4 955 inside almost of each system, I don't really think those are really budget build.
The limit USD1000 only for the PC (not included monitor, etc.) is also a bit too much for budget built.

I agree with those who used X3 and HD5770 as budget built base.
Antec 300 is also the correct choice.
SLI/Xfire is definitely out for budget build.
Samsung F3 500GB or 1TB is again correct.
No one pick an SSD to the system is also correct, SSD is only meant for power built.
August 31, 2010 9:03:31 AM

This might be pushing the budget just abit >_>;

Processor: Phenom II 965 [172.99]
Motherboard: MSI 790FX-GD70 [168.99 or 148.99 after rebate]
RAM: Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM [79.99]
Graphics Card: 2x Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 [159.99]
Hard Drive: Kingston SSDNow 64GB [119.99]
Case: Black Thermaltake V3 ATX Mid Tower [47.99]
Power Supply: Ultra LSP (Lifetime Series Pro) 750W ATX [79.99]
DVD Burner: Black Sony Optiarc AD-7260S [17.99]
August 31, 2010 10:18:57 AM

Here you go for a "BUDGET" AMD build. Not a $1000 build (high - mainstream build IMHO):
$113 shipped!
AMD Athlon x3 445 & Biostar 770 based mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$204 - $25 MIRc = $179!!! Combo price!
HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3OB1600LV4GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$90 shipped!!
Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$20 shipped!
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$55 shipped!
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total ~$493 - $30 MIRc's = $463!!! NOW THAT IS A BUDGET GAMING SYSTEM (<$500 shipped and any rebates you get are just gravy)!!!!
August 31, 2010 11:46:43 AM

Reasonable price / TOTAL: $517.92 exc. shipping
(you can spend spare money for windows 7 licence and/or new display)

I think this build is fast enough and should last at least 4 years.

Best components are CPU and GPU- its a best buy i think

2x hard drives (this is I think choke point of every modern pc so I went for 2 in raid)

Motherboard is quite basic, could be $20 cheaper but this one should use good quality components

Case and power supply is just a neccesarily evil, neutral black color and 480W PS is good enough (with good reserve as 350W would still work)

CPU: Athlon II 4x 2.8 GHz (good power/price ratio/ quite low power consumption)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI / AMD 760G / mATX (cheap and support HYBRID-XFire=onboard integrate graphics boost our 5750 radeon )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 4GB DDR3 1066 low latency 7-7-7-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: RADEON HD 5770/ 1GB / 128-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: 2x Samsung SATA II 320 GB(640 total) 7200 RPM 16MBcache(32 total), average latency 4.17ms (in raid 1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case (power supply included): ATX Mid Tower / Black / with 480W power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner: LG 22x black Sata, LightScribe support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $517.92 exc. shipping




with os, display, mouse and keyboard

keyboard: keytronic, very good quality I have one for almost 7 years now

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: basic logitech, black 1000dpi

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Display: Samsung 21.5'' 1920*1080 LED backlight

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: windows 7 home

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $845.88

August 31, 2010 2:35:36 PM

Processor: AMD Phenom II 955 Black 154.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Asus M4A87TD EVO 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: A-Data PC3 10666 4G AD3U1333B2G9-DRH 81.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS H575FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD 22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 704.92 ex. shipping

add W7 Premium for 99.99, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

new Total: 804.91 ex. shipping
August 31, 2010 2:39:59 PM

This is my wishlist build from newegg.com. This is what I will actually be buying in the next few weeks.

Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz $50.99

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler $29.99

Motherboard: MSI 770-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX $79.99

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) $79.99

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-768I GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 $199.99

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $54.99

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black $69.99

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W $59.99

DVD Burner: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 $17.99

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders $99.99

Total from Newegg.com $743.90
August 31, 2010 4:00:30 PM

I do agree with everyone that says that $1000 is too high for a "budget gamer" build if you are not including monitor and OS. $1000 including everything (monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS, and CPU box) would be more reasonable.
August 31, 2010 5:07:07 PM

Copt and pasted from new egg basket so sorry it looks a bit weird

LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136168
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$17.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$54.99

ASRock 770 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157195
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$89.99
$74.99

2 x HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814161330
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$599.98
$539.98
($269.99 each)

OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1066LV4GK
Item #: N82E16820227582
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$24.00 Instant
$99.99
$75.99

AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition Heka 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor HDZ740WFK3DGI - OEM
Item #: N82E16819103699
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$88.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817371015
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$169.98
$129.98
Subtotal: $982.91
August 31, 2010 5:10:26 PM

simon12 said:
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ASRock 770 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157195
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$89.99
$74.99

2 x HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814161330
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$599.98
$539.98
($269.99 each)

That motherboard only has one slot for a graphics card, cant crossfire a pair of 5850s with it.
August 31, 2010 5:11:12 PM

Sorry I mean't to put the Asrock 870 Extreme 3 (for 2 x 8X PCIE) not the 770 so the total is $15 more but still under $1000
August 31, 2010 5:50:45 PM

Pushing the boundaries?

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$290.00


PowerColor AX5750 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$249.98
($124.99 each)
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$59.95


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$54.99


ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$139.99


CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$89.99
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$92.99


LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$19.99



Subtotal: $997.88
Shipping: $11.92
Rebates: -$30.00

Total: $979.80
August 31, 2010 9:27:30 PM

dndhatcher said:

Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, SLI Ready, Power Supply ($75)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I worry a bit about that one. At a glance it's the same platform as the RG630 and that one looked to be at the limit of the range for that particular ATNG platform. I suspect one of those Sirfa units might work better there.

Edit: Oh, and if you use one you have to include adapters in the build ;)  You need 4 PCI-E 6-pin connections and all these "700W" PSUs only come with 2.
August 31, 2010 10:29:09 PM

XClio Godspeed case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lot's of room and extra cooling for the GPU

Seasonic S12II 520 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Top quality at a great price. You can't beat the warranty.

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X4 955 $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As this will be overclocked it's the best choice.

Zalman Performa CPU cooler $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TX-2 TIM $5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 chipset (SB850) motherboard $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin DDR3 1333 CL9 1.5V $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has a lowish profile and lower voltage

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WD Caviar Black 750GB, 5-year warranty $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optical drive $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Zotac GTX 480 $440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


There you go, $995.00 ;) 
August 31, 2010 10:44:53 PM

Proximon said:
I worry a bit about that one. At a glance it's the same platform as the RG630 and that one looked to be at the limit of the range for that particular ATNG platform. I suspect one of those Sirfa units might work better there.

Edit: Oh, and if you use one you have to include adapters in the build ;)  You need 4 PCI-E 6-pin connections and all these "700W" PSUs only come with 2.

I hate it when they contract the same model line out to different manufacturers. I replaced it with a Seasonic 650W for only $5 more. 52 amps on the 12V rails will handle a pair of 460s, I believe.


BTW, the graphics cards come with the adapters, so :kaola: 
August 31, 2010 10:48:32 PM

Ah, cool :) 
August 31, 2010 10:57:39 PM

Proximon said:
Rosewill Challenger case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can argue about quality but the number of fans in this case and the price make it a winner.


Zotac GTX 480 $440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case is not very deep and may not handle a 10.5 inch graphics card. The HDD rails might get in the way. Its about the same size as an Antec 300, which will barely fit one. The 3.5 inch front accessible bays are inset a bit so one will probably just fit.
August 31, 2010 11:15:47 PM

Thanks found a better case at the same price.
August 31, 2010 11:57:03 PM

3.4Ghz quad 965 with dual oc 460s and cl7 ram

Processor:$165.99
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:$99.99
ASUS M4N75TD AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:$84.99
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: $379.98 ($189.99 each)
(2) * GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-768I GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:$74.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:$59.95
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:$99.99
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner:$17.99
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Grand Total comes to: $983.87 before shipping and rebates($30.00)
September 1, 2010 1:55:00 AM

Cooler Master Elite 430 $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus M4N98TD EVO Mobo $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R5830 Twin Frozr HD 5830 $199.99 (X2 $399.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair CMPSU-750 750W PSU $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A-Data Gaming Series 4GB (2X2) 1333 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think thats all of it. I'm sitting @ $997.91 after instant rebates/ combo deals. Probably waaaay unbalanced, but I'm sure it would perform great.
September 1, 2010 3:20:13 AM



ASRock 870 EXTREME3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XCLIO DIAMONDPOWER 680W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My Grand total came out to 687.92 was tempted to add the second video card But to me a budget system Should not cost more than 2% of the average income for a single M\F
September 1, 2010 4:11:01 AM

Best possible gaming config for $1000 is as follows (and without skimping on ANY parts):

*** All prices from Newegg.com, without combo deals ***

1.) CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - $149.99

- Don't even need to qualify this choice but I will. Rock solid gaming performance. Plus, it's got all the cores you want/need and is perfectly priced for a $1,000 build.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


2.) MOTHERBOARD: ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI - $139.99

- I dare you to find a better board for an SLI setup near this price point. Dual x16/x16 true full SLI for an AM3 board? Amazing.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


3.) RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 CL7 - $99.99

- The Ripjaws series has proven itself to be consistently high performance with low error rates. This model kicks the speed up a notch to CL7.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


4.) VIDEO CARDS: 2x GIGABYTE GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit for SLI - $379.98

- This is the feature spot where this build separates itself from the pack. Performance doesn't increase too much from the 768 model to the 1GB model. However, SLI performance has shown to be 70-90% increase over a single GTX 460. I chose the gigabyte model because of their unique cooling design, which offers barely audible noise levels and fantastic cooling even at load. Hello SLI scaling beauty.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~~~x2


5.) HARD DRIVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM - $54.99

- This Hard Drive can claim to be the fastest 500GB 7200 RPM drive available anywhere near this price point. A clear winner for a $1000 gaming system.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


6.) CASE: Cooler Master Storm Scout - $79.99

- Looks awesome, highly rated, good cable management, great cooling. Skimp on a case and regret it during and after the build.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


7.) PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular - $79.99 (before $25 MIR)

- OCZ has redeemed itself from it's terrible recent reputation of poor RAM by consistently putting out great PSU's in their ModXStream Pro series. Not only is this 700w beauty SLI certified for our 2x GTX 460's, it's also 80 plus certified as well to maintain efficiency. Super bonus? It's Modular.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


8.) CD/DVD BURNER: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA - $17.99

- Many people just toss whatever the cheapest DVD burner is into the cart. That's a mistake, because many bargain priced DVD burners are 2nd-tier brands that have consistency issues in their lower end DVD drives. This Sony Optiarc doesn't have those problems.
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So there you are Tom's Hardware community. The best gaming PC $1000 can buy you.

Total price without any combo deals or rebates: $1,002.91
Total price without any combo deals but including the single rebate: $977.91
September 1, 2010 6:14:32 AM

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 635 $99
Motherboard: MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX $70
RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 (Stock Timings 9-9-9-24) $89
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GV-R577SO Radeon 5770 $170
Hard Drive: WD10EALS 1TB $60*
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $55*
Power Supply: OCZ600MXSP 600W $70
DVD Burner: Sony DVD-R $20
*bought during the last 24hour sale. (saved $30, got a $15MIR and free shipping)

Sub-Total=$663 (Flat without any sales/combo/rebates)
*Sub-Total=$633 (With sales. Without combo/rebates)
Sub-Total= ~$603 (With sales/combos. Without rebates)

Always aim to save at least $30 during sales and $30 via combos.

Total = Dependent upon a variety of variables. It is essential to WAIT for sales and LOOK for combos while on a budget. It is also important to factor in SHIPPING CHARGES. Although you might be able to find a nice inexpensive case/parts be weary of the shipping cost--look at the $10 or $15 and add it to the pricetag. If you are in a state like me which charges TAX. There is another modifier.

Rebates... Always a positive but not the most desired attribute. The more desirable trait would be INSTANT SAVINGS off the retail price; there is no mail frustration, wait and no additional taxes to pay. Promo Codes--the next step above MIR... Think of them as instant rebates. You still pay tax on the amount saved.


BUDGET BUILD AROUND $650. I ended up buying all the parts above. My Total Cost was $663.25 (Including the $50 in Tax + $10 S&H). I bought the parts over the last week and took advantage of the 24hour sale and combos. $55 worth of MIR leaves the Final Total at $608.25. (including 2 extra sata cables i needed)
September 1, 2010 8:05:16 AM

[q]I do agree with everyone that says that $1000 is too high for a "budget gamer" build if you are not including monitor and OS. $1000 including everything (monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS, and CPU box) would be more reasonable. [/q]

I agree. The average LCD is about $150 + OS ~$100 + Keyboard/mouse ~$50-75 or so, makes the "Budget" gaming system around 500-700 (depending on options). When I think of "Budget" gaming system, I think what is the most GPU that I can buy for my $? Right now the 4850/4870/5770 are in the target budget range of $100-$150. I like the 5770 because it has 1 GB or VRAM and only 1 x 6 pin PCI-e power connector (which doesn't require much extra power). The 5770 also has other options that the 4850/4870 don't, which is Dx11 (if you need it) and most have all three outputs (DVI, D-Sub, HDMI) which makes mating up to existing monitors easier. For the less picky and more budget minded people the 4850/4870 are better fits.

So here is what I look for in a "Budget" gaming system:

* 3 or 4 core CPU <$100 or possibly a good OC'ing 2 core for similar $.
* Best GPU that I can afford in the budget (#1 priority for a gaming rig).
* Quality PSU (need for solid and reliable power for parts, plus peace of mind and also have a decent warranty too).
* A fast HD that doesn't break the bank and has a decent amount of space (~500 gb's is a good compromise at this point in time).
* Good RAM that runs on stock voltages (1.5v for DDR3 or 1.8v for DDR2). Right now DDR2 has been on the way out, so DDR3 is my preferred choice, unless I'm adding DDR2 to an existing build.
* Decent case that cools well and is built well (I like Antec & Cooler Master cases).

There you have it!
September 1, 2010 1:29:47 PM

For Budget AMD Gaming Case
All items from newegg.com

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-R487D5-1GD Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
DVD Burner: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Total before shipping: $782.92
September 1, 2010 4:15:31 PM

Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE $149.99

Motherboard - ASUS M4N75TD AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI $99.99 (+$7.56 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - PNY XLR8 4GB $99.99 (before $20 rebate, free shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics - 2 X MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 $469.98 (before $30 mail-in rebate per card, free shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage - Primary Drive - Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB $99.99 (free shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Secondary Drive + Power Supply combo: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB w/ OCZ Fatal1ty 550FTY $99.98 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case - Antec 300 $59.99 (free shipping)

Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner $17.99 (free shipping)


Total (before shipping & rebates) - $1097.9

After Shipping - $1105.46

After Rebates - $1010.46

GRAND TOTAL (after shipping & rebates) - $1010.46

Beat that.

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