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AMD Gaming System $600-700 budget

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July 29, 2011 2:40:41 PM

I want to build an AMD machine for around $600-700. I will use this machine for Gaming mainly for the new games coming out over the next year. SW: ToR, Diablo etc.

I have not built a machine in 10 years so I am a little out of pratice but in the past I have been partial to MSI, Asus and have used Gigabyte but I am not tied to those products. For Video Cards I am partial to NVidia but am not tied to those either if an ATI has better performance at a better value I am all about the best machine for the buck. I will not add another video card later on either so a machine that supports only 1 video card is fine(unless you guys give me a reason why i should in a year or so add another videocard) but I will be using two monitors. I use two monitors when I work from home.


As I stated I am not tied to any of these
Case
Antec Three Hundred: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 : $58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
I want to use the ASRock 970 but it is out of stock any recommendations? $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: 4GB or 8GB best performance vs price. I have used ADATA, Kingston in the past.
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $32.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD
LITE-ON DVD Burner: $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Not tied to a certain brand but speed and power usage/heat are things to consider
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: Nvidia or ATI
MSI R6850 Cyclone PE Radeon HD 6850 1GB(this did well in the latest Tomshardware comparisons but I am not tied to it) $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Internal Card Reader
Rosewill RCR-IC001 $14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Am I missing anything?
Extra Cooling?
Water Cooling system?
Artic Silver for the CPU?

Total Right now is $635 with instant rebates.

Am I missing anything?

I appreciate your help!
a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2011 2:50:31 PM

There is really no replacement available atm for the Asrock 970 Extreme 4, especially if you want to have a choice to crossfire.
If you don't need crossfire, then there are ok AM3+ boards around the $100 mark that would work.

Get a Radeon 6870 they are really agressively priced atm.

There is a sale going with the GSkill 2x4GB 1.5V CAS8 1600Mhz ram $59.99 - that would be great for you.

Going for the Phenom II x4 955BE for CPU would be adviceable.

Then if you do want to Crossfire, a slightly bigger PSU would be in order, the Antec HCG-750 does have a nice rebate atm.
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August 1, 2011 1:25:28 PM

So I missed some of the specials(still working with my accountant.. err my wife on this)
So I updated the PSU
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GSKill is out of stock so as of right now if i ordered it before it gets in stock I will go with the
ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $57.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My current price is $690 with $40 in mail in rebates.

Now I need to find a student full version of Win7 to buy. Any idea's?

August 1, 2011 2:19:34 PM

I would have to agree with everything said above but I don't think 620 watt will be enough for SLI/Crossfire.
August 1, 2011 5:00:26 PM

mgoon11 said:
I would have to agree with everything said above but I don't think 620 watt will be enough for SLI/Crossfire.


Thank you for all the comments
I found this one on Newegg.
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W $94 but has another $25 mail in rebate on it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 1, 2011 5:40:16 PM

That's a great PSU, however, I'm no expert in SLI or crossfire check with some of these other guys to see if 750 watt is enough for your particular intentions although generally speaking I think 750 watts is a decent amount for it.
a b 4 Gaming
August 1, 2011 6:13:37 PM

That should be enough for Crossfire / SLI up to GTX 560Ti and Radeon 6950.
August 1, 2011 6:17:04 PM

Either go for a AMD Phenom II X4 955BE or a Core i3 2100.
The AMD quad core is better in multitasking while the Core i3 is better for gaming.
They both would just cost a few bucks more than the X4 945.
August 2, 2011 3:49:37 PM

I appreciate all the feedback.
To stay with in my budget and get a decent machine and keep the wife happy.

I changed to the Rosewill Case which was $49.00 and a Tomshardware recommended buy for 2010.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB is on sale today for $50 with an added bonus of a 4gb USB Flash drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and as hard as it was I downgraded my Video card to the
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100328VXL Radeon HD 6770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All of this with some case fans, artic silver with shipping at $688.00

I cant wait til it gets here so i can start putting it all together!

Now to find a discounted copy of Win7
August 15, 2011 5:32:05 PM

I will say this build has been very stable and I am very happy with the ASRock Mobo!

!