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Rate My Ultimate Budget Gaming Build

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July 6, 2011 3:27:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 7/7/11 - 7/20/11

Budget Range: I've got $691.92 after 60$ in rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, everything else

Parts Not Required: Mouse+Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers.

Country of Origin: United States

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: So this is my first budget gaming build, I know i left out the CPU cooler i was gonna buy that later and then overclock

So here it is...


Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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Open Box: MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130235R
Return Policy: Open Box Refund Only Return Policy


Palit NE5X56T01102-1140F GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814261100
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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DVD/CD drive-

Item #: N82E16827135224
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817207013
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD3-1600-X8
Item #: N82E16820178265
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

Total: 691.92 - after rebates and instant discounts

So basically i just wan't to know if I am going to have any problems with this stuff compatibility wise and i'm open to any criticisms about the build. Thanks in advance
July 6, 2011 3:35:52 AM

id personally not get an open box deal and spend 30$ more to get a new motherboard. also that hdd is 5$ cheaper at amazon
July 6, 2011 3:40:16 AM

Nah I'm fine with open box, and to save 5 bucks then have to order from 2 different web sites isn't really worth it to me.

But, what do you think of the build?
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July 6, 2011 3:40:33 AM

BAD, considering the open don't know why the person sent it back
July 6, 2011 3:48:19 AM

OK enough about the open box, the risk is totally worth it and Newegg will give me a refund if it brakes anyway. So now can we please get to some real ratings.
July 6, 2011 3:52:08 AM

UNREAL RATING (ignoring the open box): Alright
Note: You MUST overclock the MoBo to be able to use the 1600 RAM
July 6, 2011 3:54:30 AM

Yeah, I know about the over clocking thanks anyway.

But, what is it that makes this "alright" and not excellent?!! lol
July 6, 2011 3:59:02 AM

the need for overclocking...that is what makes it alright
July 6, 2011 4:01:58 AM

My friend... I consider the need for overclocking to be a plus, Cause I'm a real GEEK. lol
July 6, 2011 4:04:00 AM

Lol, I feel like i'm a geek, but I don't want to worry too much about the MoBo. If I want to OC, I want to OC the CPU not the MoBo
July 6, 2011 4:09:37 AM

Well Thanks for your input. I can see why some people don't want to fiddle with the Mobo, but its fine with me. So, 1 last time rate build 1-5. lol
July 6, 2011 5:02:22 AM

4, because you need a better mobo. and ordering from 2 different places isnt bad. amazon has an amazing return policy, free shipping, and they usually ship faster.