$600 budget build, needs confirmation

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of this month

Budget Range: < $600 after MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and surfing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, and case(have Antec 300 Illusion)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

This will be my first build, and I want to get a confirmation that the parts I'm planning to purchase below will work together. Also, I have an Antec 300 Illusion and plan to have HD 6870 crossfire in the future. So i guess I want to know if my case will be big enough to fit 2 HD 6870.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition


Video Card: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3

Optical: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04 - OEM

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  1. The specs on may be compatible on paper, but will the system physically fit together? What case do you plan on using?

    EDIT: Just noticed your Antec, sorry.
  2. Good build, everything seems fine. I'd buy an Gigabyte 990FXA mobo, but that's just me :D
  3. IMO the i3-2100 + Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 would be a better choice, as long as you won't be doing heavily threaded tasks
  4. I would go with the new 970 from asrock its am3+ but has all the same features.
  5. If you're going to build an AMD system, you should get an AM3+ socket mobo with a 900-series chipset; this will give you the option of upgrading to Bulldozer if such turns out to be worthwhile.
    Even without needing a case, $600 will not be enough for a Sandy Bridge build unless you're willing to give up on Crossfire; cheaper socket-1155 motherboards either have only one PCIE slot, or run the second one at X4. If you can raise your budget to as high as $750-$800 though, you can build a nice Z68 system that will offer a reasonable degree of future-resistance.
  6. yes, am3 + will be better.
    you can go with this psu
    COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  7. NO! That PSU is a "polished turd in a box": http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/11/22/cooler_master_gx_650w_power_supply_review/9

    Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands.
  8. Onus said:
    NO! That PSU is a "polished turd in a box": http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/11/22/cooler_master_gx_650w_power_supply_review/9

    Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands.

    CM's GX and eXtreme series are really piece of ****, but that can't be said for Silent Pro and Real Power So, it's bad to consider all of CM's PSU as bad, the Silent Pro and Real Power are a very good choice.
  9. I would not buy a CM PSU unless I had read a competent technical review of it, and then not until they have withdrawn all of their liar-labeled units from the market as well (philosophically, I will not support a company that outright lies about its products).
  10. will 2 6870 fit in Antec 300 Illusion without problem?
  11. Although I do not own that case, I believe they would. Perhaps someone who has one can confirm. Provide you don't overclock them to the limit, and/or they exhaust most of their heat, the fans in that case should be able to keep them cool enough.
  12. then you can just go with antec earthwatts 650w at 74$
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