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August 18, 2011 7:19:27 PM

Purpose: gaming, watching

Preferred: AMD phenom ii x4 955/965, radeon hd 6850

Store: newegg microcenter

Parts picked:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $70 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

sony dvd drive $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $140 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

windows 7 $100

amd phenom ii x4 965 $120
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

seagate barracude 1tb 7200 rpm sata 3.0gb/s $50
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ASRock
880G Pro3 Socket AM3+ 880G ATX AMD Motherboard $100
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Antec
High Current Gamer 750W Gamer Power Supply HCG-750 $70 after rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

I am looking for suggestions with cpu, mobo, ram
If it ends up to be $650 i would like to buy additional gaming mouse and keyboard
if $700 just a gaming keyboard






August 18, 2011 7:33:52 PM

FYI, that mobo (or any AMD mobo) should be $40 with the microcenter AMD CPU + mobo combo deal
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August 18, 2011 7:34:04 PM

Just a couple of thoughts.

1. Are you aware that the MB has no USB 3.0 header for bringing USB 3.0 to the front of the case, and that the case has no USB 3.0 ports? Just checking in case this is important to you.

2. I was a fan of the Antec 900 case until I met the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer case, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , The CM case is much easier to work in and offers both USB 2.0 and 3.0 (2 of each) at the front. There is a nice video on Newegg of the storm enforcer - check it out.

3. I have the same video card you are looking at and I love it. Good choice.
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August 18, 2011 7:35:47 PM

can you give me the link with this microcenter combo?
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August 18, 2011 7:44:43 PM

its on this PDF add off their current brochure and they actually increased it to $50

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/98ab8cea#/98ab8cea/...

just go into any store and ask them about the offer. I've used it several times on budget and gaming builds. they also have a similar offer with intel every now and then. just follow the bargains on the left hand side, the last one states "save $50 instantly on any AMD compatible motherboard" with a CPU purchase of usually $85+

another FYI, if this is the first time you get this combo from them, they will email you three coupons for 20% off any case, any PSU, and any version of windows 7 about 2-3 days after your combo purchase. the windows 7 coupon is OK, newegg has had win 7 on sale for $80 several times the past two months and microcenter charges around $109 but the psu and case coupons might save you some more money.
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August 18, 2011 7:50:17 PM

abekl said:
Just a couple of thoughts.

1. Are you aware that the MB has no USB 3.0 header for bringing USB 3.0 to the front of the case, and that the case has no USB 3.0 ports? Just checking in case this is important to you.

2. I was a fan of the Antec 900 case until I met the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer case, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , The CM case is much easier to work in and offers both USB 2.0 and 3.0 (2 of each) at the front. There is a nice video on Newegg of the storm enforcer - check it out.

3. I have the same video card you are looking at and I love it. Good choice.


that case is cool, specially with the mouse combo
the mouse is basically free
i think ill get those
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August 18, 2011 7:52:33 PM

If building AMD, get an AM3+ socket board with a 900-series chipset on it. If buying from Newegg, I would suggest this one on a budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... because it can do Crossfire (or SLI) at x8,x8 whereas most competitors in that price range are x16,x4. If you want something nicer, I can tell you that I like my Asus Sabertooth, which is this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 18, 2011 8:00:01 PM

@dirtyferret
so it doesnt appear as $50 online on my cart but it will be $50 when i go buy it at the store?
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August 18, 2011 8:07:11 PM

fury0609 said:
@dirtyferret
so it doesnt appear as $50 online on my cart but it will be $50 when i go buy it at the store?


correct, you can see on the add their deals are in-store only. don't forget the coupons they email you later, it can save you on the enforcer case and antec PSU.
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August 18, 2011 8:10:32 PM

fury0609 said:
that case is cool, specially with the mouse combo
the mouse is basically free
i think ill get those

Good choice, you won't be dissapointed.

Also, jtt283 makes a good point about MB selection. Plus, with that MB, you'll be able to bring USB 3 to the front of the case.
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August 18, 2011 8:34:00 PM

Good going. The system sounds complete, and you just about made your budget. Have fun ordering and building it.
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August 18, 2011 8:36:35 PM

Best answer selected by fury0609.
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August 18, 2011 8:48:24 PM

btw do i need 1tb hard drive? or should i just get 500 or 750
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August 18, 2011 8:58:53 PM

fury0609 said:
btw do i need 1tb hard drive? or should i just get 500 or 750

Oh gee, drives are so inexpensive, might as well get the 1TB and have the storage.
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August 18, 2011 9:30:28 PM

oh and should i buy those anti static wrist straps?
its gonna be my first time building
or should i just touch a metal before touching the cpu
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August 18, 2011 9:57:53 PM

I never use wrist straps, I just ground myself often to the case.
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August 18, 2011 9:59:39 PM

but my case is plastic though
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August 18, 2011 10:01:33 PM

It's actually mostly steel. But anyhow, if it makes you feel comfortable, I say go for it. You can never be too careful.
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