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October 14, 2011 5:18:11 PM

Hey guys! I'm new hear, but I would love some help with my pc I'm going to build. My budget is $800 and I'm leaning more towards the gaming side. So far I'm looking at:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition : $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB : $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure what case to get or motherboard mostly because I want this graphics card:

SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 : $264.99 but $245 with rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I haven't had a great computer and I've been dying to build a good one. I don't want to go wrong with products and have to return them so can you guys help me pick a motherboard, power supply, and case that will work please?

My main focus is for battlefield 3!

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a b ) Power supply
October 14, 2011 5:40:00 PM

asrock has a mobo out there for $110 on newegg, and it is more than enough. They use the same parts as asus. i believe its a 970 model.

power supply should be around an HX650 or something of similar quality/power, due to upgrade options.

A good Case is the Cooler Master HAF 912. great airflow, and has a lot of room for a mid-sized case.

I would recommend spending an extra on the gpu, and get a GTX570 instead.



This will leave you without a hdd, so if you dont have one, you could go with a much cheaper mobo, and save a good $45, and get a 500Gb 7200rpm hdd.

total for this would bring you right at $800.
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a b ) Power supply
October 14, 2011 5:40:33 PM

also, you dont need 1600 speed ram...1333 will suit you just fine.
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October 14, 2011 5:46:59 PM

Sorry I should of said this, but I also getting a monitor for $130.
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a b ) Power supply
October 14, 2011 5:53:34 PM

oh wow...that is a VERY tight budget then. you will need to drop down to a GTX560 (half the price) and you can squeeze the HDD and monitor in there.
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October 14, 2011 5:55:12 PM

I'll be ok with the monitor. I can have a little added if needed. How well can the gtx560 run battlefield 3?
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October 14, 2011 6:17:43 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i would get this mobo so you could upgrade to FX processor when you want. the fx4 series starts at $120 and overclocks to 4.6 on air so you may want to wait for that to come out.
also this is a great budget case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
as far as a video card i would get a nvidia 570 as they seem to do a little better on battlefield 3.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
your gonna want a nice CPU cooler too if your looking to overclock. I suggest zalman: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 121 ) Power supply
October 14, 2011 6:51:08 PM

The RAM you've chosen is CAS10. Look for CAS9 or better.
Also, regardless of quality (not saying it's either good or bad), I recommend against any Coolermaster parts. Some of their PSUs have liar-labels on them, or claim protections that they actually lack (fact, not opinion; reviews at HardwareSecrets). That's dishonest, and I do not believe a dishonest company deserves anyone's business. Fortunately, in every market it has entered, Coolermaster has competitors who offer equal (or better) products for the same (or less) money. Check out Rosewill's gaming cases and Xigmatek's 120mm coolers.
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October 14, 2011 8:19:51 PM

guy from newegg on the rosewill "I've heard a lot of people complain about the size of this case, but it had no trouble holding my Radeon HD 6950"
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October 14, 2011 8:34:31 PM

What resolution will you be running? The 2GB on the 6950 won't come close to being used in 1920 X 1080. If you are planning on running eyefinity, the you would need the extra video memory. 1GB is plenty if you are running at 1920 x 1080.

This card will save you some money, and it comes factory O.C'd with a very good cooler on it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I just used it in a build and it is very nice.
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a c 121 ) Power supply
October 15, 2011 4:55:49 AM

That's a good PSU.
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October 15, 2011 2:09:42 PM

Yep That's a good PSU, I used a Xigmatek for my friend because it was on sale and still a pretty reputable brand he only had $900 and wanted to get a 2500k (and needed monitor) haha so I found the cheapest reliable other parts.

this is a good tool to find out how much power you need: http://www.coolermaster.outervision.com/

Then you have to look at your budget and find a brand you feel comfortable with. Corsair and seasonic is very good
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October 15, 2011 11:42:44 PM

I have a question as I am shopping around for a build as well. Are there any good ATX mobo's (that aren't mATX's) for the sub $100 range? I'm not looking to oc anything (although factory oc is fine with me.) Between Newegg and TD I haven't had any luck.
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a c 121 ) Power supply
October 15, 2011 11:59:55 PM

That looks like an interesting question to start your own thread in the forum!
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a b ) Power supply
October 16, 2011 12:04:39 AM

Cases I'd recommend the Cooler Master HAF 912 and the Antec 300 Illusion.

And as for going with a power supply, there's any number of PSUs you can obtain for less than $100 but the trick is to make sure they're UL certified and rated at least 80+ bronze or greater. The Corsair Builder Series CX600 is a great place to start, but Seasonic and PC Power & Cooling are also excellent brands.
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October 16, 2011 1:56:22 AM

Best answer selected by Ensigma.
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