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February 20, 2011 2:55:19 PM

I have a really small budget. I have $600 to spend. All i need is a graphic card, memory, a muddaboard, and a processor. Here is what i came up with. Im looking for opinions/advice.

Graphic card: EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5

Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ( Still hesitating about this one)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

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February 20, 2011 3:37:41 PM

Instead of the 470 go for the EVGA 460 1GB FTW Edition or even better EVGA 560 Ti SC or basic. The 470 has a bigger power draw.

The mobo & mem are great, but I would get some advice on the CPU section of the forum for your processor!
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February 20, 2011 5:41:10 PM

Check out Tom's February Graphics Card review for some alterrnatives to the GTX 470.

Which RAM are you considering? If it is this, then it is a good choice - low latency and low voltage. If you're not into maximum performance, (there is not a very noticible benefit for overclocking memory) then go for 1333 and save some cash: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 for $37 AR

Save a few dollars on the CPU, and buy the 955 version: both of them overclock the same way. Do you have an aftermarket heatsink? COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus for $30. It'll give you more room for overclocking that BE chip you are paying a premium for.

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