AMD 955 BE $800-900 FIRST TIME GAMING BUILD

Approximate Purchase Date: november, but can wait if known price drop is coming

Budget Range: $800-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet and watching movies

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: amd 955 be

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments:


this is what i've got so far:


MB:ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3: $134.99
CPU:AMD HDZ955FBGMBOX: $139.99
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $254.98

PSU: OCZ Technology OCZ700MXSP: $84.99
OS:Microsoft FQC-00765: $139.99
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $204.98 [$25 MIR]

GPU:Sapphire Tech 100283L: $149.99 [$15 MIR]

HD:Western Digital WD6401AALS: $64.99

RAM:G Skill RipJaw F3- 12800CL8D: $89.99

OPT:Lite-On iHAS124-04: $16.99

BELKIN F8E093: $7.79

bare in mind that this will be my first ever build that is why i'm buying the anti-static wrist band. what do you guys think? should i change anything? should i wait for prices to go down by black friday/christmas?

i've also been reading that the amd 955 would run better with an after market cooler so i've been looking at:

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler: $39.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM: $9.99

but, if i could, i would like to buy those a couple of months after... does that make any sense?

btw, for the case i bought the Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP a couple of months ago.

your help will be much appreciated!
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  1. mobo:asrock 890fx deluxe 4
    cpu:amd 955
    gpu:sapphire ati 6870
    hdd:samsung f3 1tb
    psu:ocz modz 700watts
    hsf:cm hyper 212
    case:cm haff 912
    dvd:Asus dvd drive

    maybe the gpu is overkill for your resolution, but with the money go for this one

    this.
    $888.91 total
  2. I would recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ from amazon http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1287792332&sr=8-1 $28.26 free shipping (comes with a worthwhile thermal compound, or you could use Artic Silver 5)

    Possibly consider going to the 6850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
  3. Buy yourself a pair of undies too
  4. Check out my build in this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/297440-31-opinions-budget-gaming-build

    Looks like we have about the same budget and are going for the same purpose. I was able to bring it down to $796 with someones suggestion of getting a bundled 955 BE with a cheaper case, which you can see lower in the thread.
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