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$500+ Gaming Rig [Skyrim/D3]

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August 8, 2011 2:37:51 AM

Hey d00ds! I need some build advice for a friend's first homebuild that we'll be assembling together.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By then end of the month if all goes according to plan.

BUDGET: $500 But we have some generous wiggle-room.

SYSTEM USAGE: We're building this to play Sykrim and Diablo 3. Looking for a good compromise between framerate and pretty graphics.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have KB/mouse and other sundry perhiphrials. OS and monitor will be a separate purchase not figured here.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. They have great return/RMA policy.

OVERCLOCKING: Nope.avi

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not on this build.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like this rig to get a solid 2+ years out of it before we even need to think about opening it and upgrading.

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August 8, 2011 3:14:47 AM

Kinda a tight budget but that will do for this build:

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99

Motherboard:
ASUS M5A97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

Case:
Cooler Master Haf 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 + $7.99 Shipping - $10 MIR

HD
eagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

RAM:
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$24.99

Optical Drive:
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18.99

PSU:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 - $20 MIR

GPU:
XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159.99 - $30 MIR

Total : $593.92
$601.91 with shipping
$541.91 after MIR
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August 8, 2011 3:27:19 AM

You welcome. Also since it does have an AM3+ motherboard, you can upgrade to the new AMD Bulldozer CPUs as they come out late this year, early next year!
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August 8, 2011 4:01:10 AM

Great upgrade path since AMD has the best price/performance ratio! I can't wait till Bulldozer comes out!
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August 18, 2011 3:17:22 PM

Best answer selected by pseudofengshui.
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