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January 3, 2011 8:12:16 PM

After a getting a ton of advice from this forum I'm finally ready to order all my parts! I'll probably order in the next 5- 6 hours but i wanted to post my final build and maybe get some last minute advice on cutting the price just a little bit or help finding some deals.

Notes: I'm not interested in SLI/Crossfire. Parts I'm most unsure about: the wireless card, the optical drive, GPU, monitor. This is supposed to be a $600 build + $130 - $180 for a new monitor.

$60 MOBO: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX.

$50 Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) [...] 6820231277

$60 Case: Antec 300

$80 PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 [...] 6817139004

$70 HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" [...] 6822152185

$80 CPU: AMD AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor [...] 6819103886

$160 Monitor: ASUS MS246H

$20 wireless card: EDIMAX EW-7128G IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card

$22 optical drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD

$170 GPU: MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768

So it's sitting at $761.86 + $12 shipping for everything, including the monitor

What do you think? :) 

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January 3, 2011 10:32:13 PM

Some manufacturers have the radeon 6850 for <180$. I think it's a step up from the GTX460 768MB, and even benchmarks above the gtx460 1gb version in a variety of instances. Your MOBO and CPU are compatible. Good luck.
January 3, 2011 10:57:47 PM

for nly $10 more you could get a 6850. You could trim that $10 with any one of the following:

Rosewill Destroyer case
Seasonic S12II 520W PSU
4GB of DDR3-1333 instead of 1600
The AOC F22 or S2236 Monitor
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January 4, 2011 1:22:15 AM

What sort of advantages would i see with the 6850 over the gtx 460? neweggs out of the 6850 :(  but i could get an xfx 5830 for $170. how much better would that be?

January 5, 2011 4:37:29 AM

I ended up going with the gtx 460. $130 (after rebate) seems like a great price for a card that performs that well. it also settled my irrational fears about ATI cards not being as reliable as nvidia.

Wish me luck on the build! gimme a week to get all my parts and i'll probably be back posting all my questions as i try to figure out how to build a computer for the first time with very little technical knowledge :) 

thanks all
January 5, 2011 4:39:15 AM

Best answer selected by fatherhudson.