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June 8, 2011 2:45:37 AM

It's that time again! Time to update the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs! Once again, we are opening the field to user recommendations to get the best consensus for the absolute best of the best in each category. Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 of the best to be put up to a public vote right here in the Systems forum. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with a special credit in the feature article.

Post your entries to this thread for the category of:
Budget AMD-Based Gaming PC

Stay within $1,000 (without shipping) and no need to include OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard. Please be sure to format your list of components as follows:

Joe's "Barely Runs Crysis" Chug-along Rig
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: Component Name and Component Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: Component Name and Component Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price

See below for quick-copy/paste text of the BBcode.

  1. [b]Joe's "Barely Runs Crysis" Chug-along Rig[/b]
  2. Processor: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  3. Motherboard: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  4. RAM: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  5. Graphics Card: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  6. Hard Drive: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  7. Case: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  8. Power Supply: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  9. Cooling: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  10. DVD Burner: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]


You can also use the Tom's Hardware System Builder to build your recommendation and use the BBCode export option at the bottom of the build. If you do, be sure to include a link in your post to your build on the app for quick viewing.

Good luck, and may the best builds win!
June 8, 2011 11:23:49 AM

Michxymi's Budget AMD Build

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX $189.99

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $99.99

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996946 $42.99

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $274.99

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $124.99

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec One Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $54.99

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $89.99

Cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler $46.24

DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $20.99


1010$ WITHOUT MIR

June 8, 2011 4:00:17 PM

Derp's "Majestic Creature" Build
Cpu
AMD Phenom II x4 955 $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo
ASRock 870 Extreme 3 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram
GSkill Cheapo 4Gb (2x2Gb) 1333 $39
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 750Gb $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case
Zalman Z9 Plus $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gpu
2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 1Gb $270/$540
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Psu
Silverstone Strider Essential 600w $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler
Tuniq Tower 120 $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total= $998
Now thats what a call me a Gamin system yeahaw
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June 9, 2011 11:33:33 AM

I'll be doing this for the UK; $1000 is about £610 according to XE.com on the 9th of June 2011.

Griffolion's Budget Gamer PC
Processor: AMD Phenom 955 3.2GHz @ £87.54
Motherboard: Asus M4A88T-M AMD 880G @ £59.86
RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS 3 1600MHz @ £64.99
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 560Ti OC @ £173.47
Hard Drive: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 @ £40.92
Case: Antec One Hundred @ £41.27
Power Supply: Corsair 650HX @ £87.79
Cooling: Titan Skalli @ £21.58
DVD Burner: Samsung 22x DVD Writer @ £14.66

£608.86 with delivery @ £13.99. Phenom can be overclocked with the Skalli to something a little nicer. The motherboard is only a micro-atx and a low end one at that, so no SLI or Crossfire but the 560Ti will be able to handle up to 1080p with ease (and someone on this budget build, I doubt, will be on multi-monitor or anything higher than 1080). Solid Corsair HX unit, again not chosen with SLI or Crossfire in mind, but given enough headroom for an over clock. I took advantage of the really reasonable prices of 8GB sets of sticks now, making this set up suitable not only for gaming but for video editing etc too; it's also 1600Mhz to accommodate any overclock on the CPU. Though if you were to get Spartan about it, you could drop down to a 4GB set and save yourself £20. Standard choice with the Spinpoint F3. Antec One Hundred should case it all very nicely as they do high quality stuff.

This is obviously without an OS, a few changes would have to be made to accommodate Windows, like moving down to an Athlon, maybe removing the Skalli and going back to stock clocks and moving down to 4GB sticks at 1333 MHz. This would be in order to stick to ~£610.
June 9, 2011 3:17:14 PM

mgf derp said:
Derp's "Majestic Creature" Build
Cpu
AMD Phenom II x4 955 $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo
ASRock 870 Extreme 3 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram
GSkill Cheapo 4Gb (2x2Gb) 1333 $39
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 750Gb $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case
Zalman Z9 Plus $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gpu
2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 1Gb $270/$540
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Psu
Silverstone Strider Essential 600w $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler
Tuniq Tower 120 $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total= $998
Now thats what a call me a Gamin system yeahaw


Looks quite good :)  probably not a problem, but the cooler says its only compatible with AM2, not AM3/AM3+. And props on fitting that much graphics muscle into a $1000 build.
June 10, 2011 2:34:22 PM
June 17, 2011 2:37:00 AM

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (compatible with Bulldozer when they come out)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling: ZALMAN CNPS9700 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (the purpose is to overclock the cpu to 4ghz)

Total: $1026 its name is "THE RIG" 0.o
June 21, 2011 3:07:03 AM
June 21, 2011 4:29:05 AM

Lunyone's "Upper Budget" Gaming Build!
for those that don't have $1,000

1. Processor: $114 - $15 Promo Card = $99 shipped!!
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
* Still the best "Budget Friendly" gaming CPU that AMD makes!
* Easy to OC, if you want to do that!!
* Best value for a quad core out there!!

2. Motherboard: $118 shipped!!
ASRock 890GX PRO3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Most full featured mobo for AM3 CPU's for the $!!!
* 2 x USB 3.0
* 5 x SATA3
* 2 x IEEE 1394
* Supports 8-Core CPU
* 100% All Solid Capacitor design
* Supports Dual Channel DDR3 1866(OC)
* Supports ATI Quad CrossFireX , CrossFireX and Hybrid CrossFireX (16x slot 1 & 4x slot 2)
* Integrated AMD Radeon HD 4290 graphics, DX10.1 class iGPU, Shader Model 4.1
* ^^^ Integrated GPU is good to have if you have to return your GPU for whatever reason. You at least have a working computer (albiet not much gaming) that you can do your normal tasks with, while your GPU is being RMA'd.
* Multi VGA Output : D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI
* Dr. Debug, Power/Reset/Clear CMOS Switch with LED
* Supports XFast USB, AXTU, UEFI, Instant Boot, Instant Flash, APP Charger, SmartView, Turbo UCC
* 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 AUdio Codec), Supports Premium Blu-ray audio
** Another Option ** If you want to CrossFire later, I'd select this motherboard below (it's even cheaper, but doesn't come with an onboard GPU, but is basically the same motherboard except it supports 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (Single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode))
$90 shipped - ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

3. RAM: $46 shipped!!
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
* Fast and runs on stock voltages (1.5v)!!!

4. Graphics Card: $173 shipped - $25 MIR = $148!!
XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
* Comes w/FREE Dirt3 Game ($40-50 value)
* One of the most powerful GPU's out there that only requires 1 x 6 PCI-e power connectors!!
* 2x Lifetime warranty!!

5. Hard Drive: $45 shipped!!
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
* Good size for the $ (unless you get a 1TB HD on sale in this price range).

6. Case: $50 shipped!!
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
* Comes with Three Fans!! Most cases in the this price range only have 1 or 2 fans included!
* 1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan
* 1x Top 140mm Fan
* 1x Rear 120mm Fan
* Options for up to 2 more 120mm side fans!
FRONT Ports included:
* 2 x USB Ports
* 1 x e-SATA
* Audio In/Out (AC97, HD)
* Tom's Hardware 2010 recommended buy!!

7. Power Supply: $40 shipped!!!
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
* 80+ Certified!!! <--- Efficient!!
* 32A on the 12v RAIL!!!

8. DVD Burner: $65 shipped!!
SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)
* RETAIL VERSION!! This version comes with the software to read/burn DVD's (BluRay Read-only).
* Selected this version, because if someone is hooking up their computer to an HDTV and has BluRay discs, they can use this to watch their movie selection and still have the option to burn CD/DVD's.

Total out the door/shipped = $645.02 - $25 MIR = $620.02 shipped!!
** Add OS - ~$100 currently
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
** Your favorite Keyboard and Mouse - ~$30-50
(example #1) - $24 shipped
Microsoft ANB-00001 Black USB Wired Slim Keyboard 600
(example #2) - $30 shipped!
Logitech MK200 Black USB Wired Slim Mouse and Keyboard Combo
(example #3) - $35 shipped! Wireless if you so desire!
Logitech MK320 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop
** A Decent Wide Screen Monitor - $120 - $150
$150 shipped 1920 x 1080 - Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)
$120 shipped 1920 x 1080 Acer P215HBbd Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 50,000:1 (1,000:1)

Now your total package, including OS/Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor = ~$850-950!!!

***BUDGET OPTIONS***

If you want to opt for a little more "Budget" friendly choices, you can adjust:
* Mobo - ~$60-90 Depending on the customer requirements ($30-50 savings)
(example #1) - $55 shipped!
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
(example #2) - $90 shipped <---- This is the one listed earlier as an option
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
* GPU - ~$100-130 I'd stay around the AMD 5770/6770 (~$20-50 savings)
(example) - $118 - $20 MIR = $98!!! Plus comes w/FREE Dirt3 game ($40-50 value)!!!
SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
* DVD Burner - ~$20 for a CD/DVD burner only (~$45 savings)
(example) - $20 shipped!
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

If you use any combinations of the above "Budget" choices, you can get the budget down to about $700-800 w/all of the components! <---- Now THAT's a "Budget Gaming" build price!! Prices will all depend on the individual choices, but you get the idea.

You can obviously can get better deals, if you want to shop around, but most people don't want/have the time to do this.

Good luck to all of the builders out there!!

* Added extra links for options *
June 21, 2011 8:22:25 AM

Ready to Ride in the Dozer

Processor: AMD x2 555 BE $87

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 $149

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600 CAS9 Kit $45

Graphics Card: ASUS 6870 1GB 915Mhz Core $199

Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 - $60.35

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX - $99

Power Supply: XFX Core Edition PRO 650W $89.99

Cooling: Zalman CNPS10X Performa $44.99

DVD Burner: Lite-ON CD/DVD Burner 24x $18.99


Total Cost: $793.34; (About $680 with rebates)


Cheap! :p  Leaves lots of room for peripherals. 6870 is a strong card for 1080P gaming. x2 555 overclocks well; and is fine even at stock for most games. Chance of unlock is added bonus. CPU cooler is super cheap, and fantastic at keeping temps down (Performs similarly to the high-end Noctuas.)

AM3+ board gives nice upgrade path straight to bulldozer!
June 21, 2011 8:58:06 AM

Lunyone's "Lower Budget" Gaming Build!
for those who don't have $1000

1. Processor: $80 shipped!! Best bang for the buck AMD CPU for gaming!
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor

2. Motherboard: $55 shipped! Lots of options on this small mobo!!
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

3. RAM: $40 shipped! Good RAM at stock voltage (1.5v) and a good price!
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

4. Graphics Card: $118 shipped - $20 MIR = $98!! Comes w/Dirt3 ($40-50 value) and only requires 1 x 6pin PCI-e power connector!
SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

5 & 6. Hard Drive/PSU combo: $95 shipped - $10 MIR = $85!! Good solid PSU and decent HD for the $!
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply & Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 Hard Drive

7. Case: $50 shipped! Comes with 3 Fans and lots of room. Tom's Recommended Buy 2010!!
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

8. DVD Burner: $19 shipped!!
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Total system cost = $457 - $30 MIR's = $427!!!Hard to beat that for a "Budget" build!!
June 21, 2011 2:40:10 PM

ksampanna's "Easily Runs Crysis" merrily Chugging-along Rig
Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE 3.2GHz $179.99
Motherboard: ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ $129.99
RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB 1600MHz $74.99
Graphics Card: 2 X SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 $339.98
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4EG 1.5TB $64.99
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310 $39.99
Power Supply: CORSAIR 650TX $89.99
Cooling: XIGMATEK Loki SD963 $24.99
BD-ROM: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM $64.99

TOTAL - $1009.9
Haven't factored in rebates (which do exist on some of above, helping to bring the total down to ~ $1000)

Build Notes:
1) Has the best AMD cpu imo
2) With the imminent arrival of Bulldozer, it's a given that any current AMD build has to be AM3+
3) Graphics - 2 X 6850. More performance than a 580, for so much less. Will chew through any game @ 1080p for atleast a couple of years.
4) Case - Unbeatable at that price. Have first hand experience. Doesn't look or feel cheap.
5) BD-ROM - I think it's time for us to move past DVD writers. As games get bigger & bigger (who knows, even Windows 9 might not fit on traditional
DVDs) & more & more movies are available on Blu-Ray, a BD-ROM starts to look less like a luxury & more of a necessity.
6) RAM - At these prices, you'd be crazy not to get 8 GB. Big enough to finally start a basic ramdisk.
7) HDD - Sure the F4 spins slower but denser platters (3 X 667 GB) should compensate for that. Factor in 1.5 TB of storage space, & you simply can't
complain
June 21, 2011 10:57:46 PM

1.Graham's UK Build "Budget AMD-Based Gaming PC"
2.Processor: Phenom II X4 955 - £88.79
3.Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD EVO AMD 870 (USB3 & eSATA) - £79.99
4.RAM: Corsair 8GB 1600MHz CL8 DDR3 Vengeance - £79.36
5.Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 - £180.28
6.Hard Drive: Samsung SpinPoint F4EG 2TB SATA II 32MB with 36 month Warranty - £55.68
7.Case: Xigmatek Midgard ATX Case CPC-T55DB-U01 - £55.20
8.Power Supply: 550W OCZ Fatal1ty Modular Power Supply OCZ550FTY-UK 3 Year Warranty - £54.77
9.Cooling: Fan Included with CPU - £0
10.DVD Burner: LG GH22NS50 22x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM - £16.98

11.Total Cost: £611.05 = $992.571 2011-06-21 20:02 UTC


Above is the list of component's I would put together with a $1000 target in mind to meet the criteria for the Budget AMD-Based Gaming PC.




If I were building an AMD Budget Gaming system for myself I would change the following,

2.Processor: Athlon II X3 455 - £58.76
It has the best FPS/£ ratio - £30.03 saved

4.RAM: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz - £40.94
£38.42 saved

5.Graphics Card: Sapphire 11192-01-20G HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 - £74.98
It has the best FPS/£ ratio - £105.30 saved

Total saving £173.75 / $282.193

With the saving I would also get
6.SSD Drive: OCZ 120GB OCZSSD3-2VTX120G - £169.99

New Total = £607.29 / $986.348

June 22, 2011 12:53:19 AM

Ice's "Bulldozer ready with super graphics" Awesome Rig
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 = $134.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X = $149.99
RAM: CORSAIR XMS 4GB CL 7 = (2) $49.99 = $99.98
Graphics Card: HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 = (2) $184.99 = $369.98
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB = $54.99
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX40G 2.5" 40GB = $89.99
Case: RAIDMAX Typhoon ATX-312WS = $39.99
Power Supply: XFX Core Edition PRO650W = $89.99
Cooling: Antec Performance Max 92mm CPU Cooler = $34.99
DVD Burner: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner = $18.99

Total Price = $1,083.88
-$ 20.00 MIR for HIS 6870
-$ 20.00 MIR for HIS 6870
-$ 30.00 MIR for XFX 650w PSU
-$ 15.00 MIR for OCZ Vertex 2
-$ 8.00 MIR for Antec CPU Cooler

Final Price = $990.88

Build Notes:

Processor: 965 black edition with plenty of room to OC.
MB: 990x mb with usb 3.0, SATA 6.0, 3 PCI express slots, and of course AM3+ so it's Bulldozer ready.
Ram: 8GB of CL 7 ram 'nuff said.
Graphics card: Dual 6870s that can beat nearly any single card out there.
HD #1: 1TB 7200RPM and uses SATA 6.0
HD #2: A 40GB SSD boot drive to make it that much faster.
June 22, 2011 2:20:58 AM
July 2, 2011 8:14:56 AM

1.Joe's computer he would build if he still had time to play games =(
2.Processor: Phenom II 955 $120
3.Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 bulldozer compatible (in january of 2047) $103
4.RAM: 4G Kingston ram 35$
5.Graphics Card: 2x xfx 6950 $476 or 1 for $238 with mir
6.Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250gb $43
7.Case: Rosewill case with shiton of fans included $50
8.Power Supply: Corsair 750W 99$ with mir
9.Cooling: Zalman 100% copper cooler $45
10.DVD Burner: Who cares? $20

Total: $942/ $650 without crossfire/cheaper psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 4, 2011 5:41:58 AM

Oops, Wrong thread.
July 9, 2011 12:52:03 AM

1. Processor AMD Phenom II 965 129,99$
2. Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X 149,99$
3. RAM G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 89,99$
DDR3 1866
4. VGA HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 269,99$
5. Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB
7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" x 2 in RAID 0 59,99$x2= 119,98$
6. Case Cooler Master RC-912-KKN1 59,99$
7. Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX 94,99$
8. CPU cooler ARCTIC COOLING ACFZ13-PRO 120mm & 50mm (2 fans) 44,99$
9. DVD Burner LG ELECTRONICS GH22NS70 OEM 19,99$
_______________________________________________________________
TOTAL: 979,99$

+

10. Biostar CABLEUSB3.0 USB 3.0 Cable Bracket 11,99$
11. Fan GELID Solutions Ltd. FN-SX12-10 8,99$
_____________________________________________________________
TOTAL: 1000,97$

All in www.newegg.com

You have here RAID 0 -much faster system, AM3+ ready for upcoming Bulldozer and peace in mind for next 3-5 years for all upcoming hardware, software and games


That is all folks



July 23, 2011 10:50:27 AM

AMD Phenom ii x4 955 : £84
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

the mobo (AM3+, USB3 and sataIII):£64
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] e=googleps


case: £12
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/108280


120 mm fan: £2.07
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/63281


80mm Fan: £3
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/138590

Ati radeon 5770 1gb GDDR5: £75
http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-a [...] ntent=Q200


DVD RW: £13
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002IST [...] B002IST634


CX 430 Watt PSU: £35
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] e=googleps


RAM DDR3 1333 PC3 10600 4gb: £20
Ebay.com america search up 4gb ram (lifetime warranty!)

Samsung spinpoint f3 hdd: £30
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002J65 [...] B002J65AHQ


all together!

£338!

thats really cheap, i bought mine for 375 beacuse i had to also buy keyboard, mouse and alot of other crap like speakers.
July 28, 2011 11:51:30 PM

G-Unit's Budget AMD Build
Processor: AMD Phenom II x6 T1100 3.3 GHz $189.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-U3 $139.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 MHz RAM 16GB (2 x 4GB) $64.99 (x 2 = $129.99 total)
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Toxic Edition $179.99
Hard Drive: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB $64.99
Case: Antec 100 $51.99
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600 $69.99
Cooling: Zalman 9700 $43.99
DVD Burner: Lite-On 24x DVD Burner $19.99

Total: $965

There you have it - for $965, you get ready for Bulldozer, you have a video card capable of full-on 1080p gaming, you have your RAM fully maxed out at 16GB with the highest speed currently available, you have RAID 0, and you have the latest and greatest AMD CPU available.
August 1, 2011 3:26:40 PM

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