Need help making a budget gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: around 10th of january

Budget Range: ~$700

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

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Websites for Parts:

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: by brand or type does not matter.

Overclocking: Maybe (have not triet yet, and im a bit afraid of it :lol: )

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: aiming for 1280x1024

Additional Comments: this is gonna be a gaming system, not religious gaming.
so my question is: what motherboard should i go with? will i run into any kind bottleneck? or should i go for intel instead of AMD? and is the psu overkill/"underkill"?
this is my plan so far:

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-600CX 600W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply

AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor HDX920XCGIBOX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

total cost is: $601 AFTER rabates and shipping.

thank you for commenting

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  1. I would consider going with a Phenom II 955 X4 Black Edition For only about $20 more you get an extra 400 MHZ of stock clock speed, which will help in games, and an unlocked multiplier, which makes overclocking a little simpler and easier, should you decide to go that route.

    Here's one possible motherboard option, it even supports USB 3 and SATA 3. ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard Although because it only has one 16 lane slot it doesn't support SLI/ Crossfire (the other 16 lane long slot only provides 4 lanes of bandwidth).

    You shouldn't have any issues with your PSU, 600W is definitely enough for a single 460 and a Phenom II X4, even when overclocked.

    And you shouldn't have any bottlenecks, at least as far as graphics, video card bandwith, CPU, etc are concerned.
  2. RAM? MOBO? Only 100 USD left!? :O

    I could send you any number of links. Then anyone could tell you just find lowest latency at the best value for the most ram.


    As for the mobo.. you want a gtx 460, but you also want AMD cpu/mobo? You also mentioned SLI or CF? It would be difficult to find the right mobo without thinking which dual card setup you may want down the road.
  3. thanks alot from the quick replies. :wahoo:
    when i read jprahman's answear, i found out that the ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard had a combo with it,motherboard combo

    this combo is cheaper than my current build, but i need a OS for it. :??:
    but after seing that the tower's price was $100 i am going to se what it will cost if i buy the parts seperate with a cheaper tower.

    but any way i am going to wait for intel's sandybridge to come out to see if the core i series price are changing.
  4. Your build looks pretty good, although you might want look into swapping the Phenom II 965 X4 for the nearly identical 955 model and use the extra money to buy a regular GTX 460, instead of the cut down GTX 460 SE. Regardless of that, you've got a pretty good build here. :)

    As to sandy bridge, I'm not sure it'll be a viable option for a budget build, I have a feeling that the prices are going to be a little steep, but there's no harm in waiting to find out details before buying.
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