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June 28, 2011 11:11:26 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week!


Budget Range: $500ish


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: AMD and ATI


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I won't be recycling any parts into this build. My main concern is compatibility since this is my first build and I want it as smooth as possible. Is the PSU enough for this build? Anyway to trim the cost a bit closer to 500 would also be nice.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-Combo-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity -combo with Shogun 2-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$561

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June 28, 2011 1:26:37 PM

If you drop either the HD5770 or the HD6850 you would trim some of the price! (Or which one is in the price?)
The BP550 is plenty for a single card setup!
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June 28, 2011 5:19:30 PM

rolli59 said:
If you drop either the HD5770 or the HD6850 you would trim some of the price! (Or which one is in the price?)
The BP550 is plenty for a single card setup!


Oops I replaced the 5770 with the 6850 and forgot to erase it so the price is still at $561.
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June 28, 2011 5:53:45 PM

Looks like a great build to me! You could probably still shave a few bucks here and there if you wanted to get really serious about getting down to your $500 guideline. Still, what you've picked looks pretty good.
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June 28, 2011 6:27:28 PM

Agree great budget build!
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June 28, 2011 7:21:44 PM

what do you think of the Challenger case? I just bought one, and it came broken. What would be a better case for around the same price?
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June 28, 2011 8:16:18 PM

You can trim $10 by going with this case instead

Xigmatek ASGARD II $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can save another 10 by going with this Antec Earth Watts (though non modular). You don't need more for this build.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want to shave off anymore you're going to have to either drop down from a 6850 to a 6790, pick a cheaper hard drive, and/or get a cheaper CPU.
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June 28, 2011 8:18:00 PM

By the way, if you spend a little more on the motherboard you can get an AM3+ board and upgrade to Bulldozer latter on. That might make you feel better about getting and overclocking a slightly cheaper Athlon II X3 now ^_^
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July 5, 2011 3:39:41 AM

Best answer selected by Builderthebob.
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