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Need help making a budget gaming rig

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January 2, 2011 4:06:06 AM

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: newegg.com

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


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-600CX 600W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor HDX920XCGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total cost is: $601 AFTER rabates and shipping.

thank you for commenting

P.S awesome smiley ---> :sol: 
January 2, 2011 4:42:46 AM

I would consider going with a Phenom II 955 X4 Black Editionhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808. 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.

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January 2, 2011 5:10:09 AM

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.

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

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.
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January 2, 2011 3:53:47 PM

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.
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January 2, 2011 4:28:16 PM
January 2, 2011 5:28:15 PM

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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