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June 23, 2011 1:03:20 AM

I've decided to build myself a desktop, mainly for casual gaming (the newest games, but I don't care about high settings), and music notation for college. I'm interested in AMD builds, mainly because they are cheaper, and I don't need some overkill i7 build. Anything that you would change, I would gladly listen to. Keep in mind that it is $550-600 only. I am trying to sell my Asus U50 laptop to buy the parts, or trade it for some of the parts. I prefer only Newegg. Here is my build as of right now:

Case: Sentey Optimus Extreme - $60

Motherboard (FX ready): Asus M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $100

GPU: MSI Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - $80

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AARS 750GB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $50

RAM: ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $43

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - $130

DVD: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer (Dual Layer and Lightscribe Support) - $22


All this, plus keyboard and mouse, equals $573.55 (shipping added)

Help me if there is anything to make it better! Thanks guys!

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June 23, 2011 1:14:55 AM

For my money, will it be better to get an AMD or an Intel gaming rig? I've been a fanboy of AMD, but if someone can give me a good enough reason to switch to Intel, I probably would.
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June 23, 2011 1:21:22 AM

Alright, I'm game. This means I have to change my whole build...:(  more work lol. But I really do want to keep the case at least, because this is a tremendous case for the price. Any good i5 + GPU combo that will help me out there? I don't want to buy the DIY kits, not good enough components
June 23, 2011 1:29:12 AM

Nevermind, I would be within $50 of my budget, so that would mean a *** card...Damn this is hard
June 23, 2011 3:47:12 AM

here's genghiskron's build from the other thread.

genghiskron said:
Genghis Kron's Product of Boredom $530 w/promo codes, before shipping, no rebates
Processor: i3-2100 $115 w/promo code EMCKDHJ26
Motherboard: Asrock H61 - $75
RAM: Gskill NS 4gb 1333 - $32 w/promo code DM15JN11US
Graphics Card: Sapphire hd6870 - $175
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500gb + DVD combo - $51
Case: Weird Apex Case w/handle - $30
Power Supply: Antec EA 500w - $50 w/promo code EMCKDHJ39
Cooling: stock
DVD Burner: combo'd with hdd above

i5-2400+case alternative: Brings total to $617

It's a HELLA powerful build for that price. An i3-2100 is better/more efficient than a 955, and I'm amazed he could find everything so cheap. If you wanted to spend a bit more you could change the HDD to a 1tb, but @ that price with an included DVD drive, you'd be all set. Also, you could spend more for whatever case you wanted.

To get an aspect of the power of that rig, I'm running an i3/6850 rig now, and have crysis 2 MAXED @ 1440x900.

Maru 11's suggestion of getting a 5770 will cripple your game performance. A 6870 is leagues better than that. If I hadn't already bought my build, I would have gone with that.
June 30, 2011 12:20:05 AM

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