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April 19, 2011 1:39:15 PM

Good afternoon,

I am here attempting to help a friend build a budget system for rookie video editing and minor gaming. Would like to have the systems to be AMD based.

Purchase Date: This week sometime.

Purpose: Adobe CS5, Web surfing, Games

Parts not required: Case, monitor, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website: Amazon, Newegg, Microcenter, Tigerdirect, etc

Country/State: US/MA

No parts preference: No preference except AMD

Overclocking: No

SLI/Xfire: No

Budget: 800

Comments: I would like a choice of more then a couple systems just incase he decides to go another route. I appreciate your help ahead of time.

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April 19, 2011 2:56:04 PM

CPU + MB - ASUS M4A87TD + Phenom X4 965 - $210
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

CPU Cooler - Hyper 212+ - $23
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

MEM - Corsair XMS DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5v - $40
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GPU - HD 6950 2GB - $270
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

SSD - Microcenter rebranded ADATA 64GB - $105
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PSU - Antec Gamer 520w - $70
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Case - Antec Three Hundred - $65
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$850ish after rebates and that is a pretty solid machine ready for a 4.0GHz overclock. If you need the OS license, take out the SSD as they are roughly the same price. This one AMD option with all parts from one place...
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April 19, 2011 4:40:58 PM

There is no need for the case. He has one. The SSD he told me he does not want. He also mentioned he would like a lower grade GPU and instead of quad core, he would like the Phenom II x6 to be in the mix.
He also had the question if he were to be open minded about Intel and AMD which setup would have a better upgradeable future?
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April 19, 2011 5:08:05 PM

Ok. Swap the bundled CPU out for an X6 and downgrade the GPU to an HD 6850 and you are set. Not sure why you would downgrade the GPU if it fits in the budget, but to each their own...
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April 19, 2011 5:19:48 PM

I am not too sure myself why he wants it that way.
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April 19, 2011 6:03:27 PM

In all honesty, an overclocked X4 965 will game just the same as the overclocked X6. Not sure spending the extra money there is worth it unless there is some heavy rendering / encoding going on, or if he just wants the cool factor. Taking out the price of the SSD will easily get the HD 6950 2GB into the budget. Pair that with four, or more, cores at 4GHz and you are in business. Maybe bump the memory to 8GB up front, but that is optional...
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April 19, 2011 6:12:00 PM

I have the 6950 and think it is a worthwhile investment, he however believes otherwise. He wants something close to the power of my pc, but he wants to cut corners to save money. I must say, I totally agree with your argument. I am going to talk to him more when I get out of work this evening. Hopefully I can convince him to take a different approach.
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April 19, 2011 6:13:30 PM

k10man said:
He also had the question if he were to be open minded about Intel and AMD which setup would have a better upgradeable future?


Intel, hands down. The new Sandy Bridge processors outperform anything AMD currently has on the market. We could part a build that runs circles around a Phenom II based machine for a similar price.

Edit: AMD has no upgrade path at the moment. If he really wants AMD, he should wait for Bulldozer. With a P67/H67/H61 build right now he could later upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU. Or put a current Sandy Bridge CPU in a Z68 board when they come out. The Z68 should be the best of both worlds...the ability to use Quik Sync with a discrete GPU and CPU overclocking.
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April 19, 2011 6:32:10 PM

nd_hunter said:
Intel, hands down. The new Sandy Bridge processors outperform anything AMD currently has on the market. We could part a build that runs circles around a Phenom II based machine for a similar price.

Edit: AMD has no upgrade path at the moment. If he really wants AMD, he should wait for Bulldozer. With a P67/H67/H61 build right now he could later upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU. Or put a current Sandy Bridge CPU in a Z68 board when they come out. The Z68 should be the best of both worlds...the ability to use Quik Sync with a discrete GPU and CPU overclocking.


So what would be a reccomended build using Sandy Bridge that would cost 800 or under? He does not need a case.
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April 19, 2011 7:32:25 PM


I5 2500K (225)
MSI P67-M45 (140)
8 GB DDR3-1333 (80)
1 TB HDD: (60)
HD6870 1 GB (200)
XFX 550W PSU (70)
Rosewill R218: (30)

$805.

a few combos should lower this a bit
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April 19, 2011 7:34:11 PM

k10man said:
So what would be a reccomended build using Sandy Bridge that would cost 800 or under? He does not need a case.


ASUS P8H67-M EVO
Intel Core i5-2500
$324.98

SAPPHIRE HD 6850
$174.99, $15 MIR

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB Ram
$82.99

Antec EarthWatts Green 430W PSU
$49.99

Samsung F3 1TB HDD
$64.99

Lite-On DVD Burner, OEM
$20.99

If you have a local Microcenter, you can find this motherboard and CPU for less. However, the total for this is $719.94 before rebates and shipping.
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April 20, 2011 12:02:45 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
I5 2500K (225)
MSI P67-M45 (140)
8 GB DDR3-1333 (80)
1 TB HDD: (60)
HD6870 1 GB (200)
XFX 550W PSU (70)
Rosewill R218: (30)

$805.

a few combos should lower this a bit

Everything here looks good, but he has a case...so that could save an extra 30.
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April 20, 2011 4:19:18 PM

Best answer selected by k10man.
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