Took inspiration from the recent March 2011: $500 Gaming PC article and threw this together. It's all sitting in a shopping cart at NewEgg - just wanted to run it by those who are more knowledgeable than I for any thoughts/issues:
CPU: $139.99 - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
PSU: $54.99 - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80
CD/DVD: $18.99 - LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50
Questions I had in particular:
1) I've noticed a lot of talk regarding the Phenom vs. Sandybridge - for a sub$600 build is the Phenom my best bet?
2) I think I found the best deal as far as HDD is concerned - anyone aware of a better option?
3) Is the PSU sufficient for this system? I don't plan on adding an additional GPU
4) Will the 6850 fit in the Antec 300 without any trouble?
Thanks so much to anyone who's able to take the time to review. Looking to upgrade my 7 year old PC asap!
My PC however, is a much better $600 build -- an i5-2400 blows a phenom ii x4 away.
i5-2400: $180 (thru April 12)
ASRock H61M/U3S3: $80
4 GB DDR3: $40
Antec 380W; $40
500 GB Drive: $40
R101 minitower: $40
DVD burner: $20
HD 6850 $165
Ok, so per your suggestion ScrewySqrl I made the following changes-
*Went ahead and ditched the Phenom + Mobo and added the i5-2400 and recommended mobo.
*Bumped my PSU choice down to the Antec Earthwatts 380 from the 430
Was happy enough with my other selections (pending any other recommendations) to absorb the extra cost.
Total with above changes: $648.92
I'm glad you pointed me in the direction of the i5-2400. I had not considered it but after viewing some benchmarking I can see why you said it would far outperform the Phenom. Seems like a beast of a processor at that pricepoint.
Am open to any other suggestions - want to get this build right as i'll probably be stuck with it for another 7yrs
If I want to try overclocking down the road would it be worthwhile to get a non-stock CPU cooler or is the one provided with the processor fine? Even if I don't overclock, would I be better off with an upgraded CPU cooler?
was considering the Scythe SCMG-2100 as a relatively inexpensive option.