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September 2, 2011 4:11:05 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP


Budget Range: $500-600 after rebate


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, college work


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: any


Overclocking: maybe


SLI or Crossfire: maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768


Additional Comments: Want quad core but if my budget allows. Nice looking case
September 2, 2011 4:17:57 AM

Do you have a preference of intel vs amd for the cpu or any particular brand of graphics card u prefer?
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September 2, 2011 4:19:02 AM

No i don't just looking to get the best out of whatever. :D 
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September 2, 2011 4:22:31 AM

Sounds good ill try and post a build by 11pm PST.. in class currently and the internets to slow to do it (gotta love college internet)

BTW do you know that as a college student you can get free 2 day shipping on all orders through amazon?
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September 2, 2011 4:24:17 AM

I would highly recomend the phenom 955quadcore black edition 119$ on new egg with a 30$ after market cooler you will get 4.0 ghz easy with a good motherboard and will last untill you upgrade to to bulldozer. so get a new motherboard that will let you upgrade shouldnt be too hard to find. Mobo will be 100$ about so thats 250$ take another 150-200 pick out a video card everyone loves the nvidia gtx 460 for the price but im a radeon guy so i would choose the 6850 or 6950 if you can asus msi his sapphire brands for vid cards. with the last 200$ you need a case power supply hard drive and cd/dvd. the 50$ case that is 2011 toms hardware recomended buy on newegg is good and a 1tb western digital hardrive at 7200rpm is about 80 id spend at least 80 on the power suppply get corsair antec seasonic something quality this is probably the most important part of the cpu dont skimpout here. and with the last 20$ just get a cheap dvd burner unless you have to have bluray. hope this helps at all have a good one
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September 2, 2011 4:24:22 AM

alright thanks! Haha yeah i know what you mean about the internet.

Yes I know about that and newegg has a 2day thing too.
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September 2, 2011 4:31:21 AM

AMD Phenom II X4 955 $119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131767

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231277

Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any DVD drive $20

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 430W Power Supply $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129065

HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $612 [ with windows ]

The motherboard is the latest tech and should have a long future since it can run bulldozer cpu's

The case and power supply are quality units with great cooling .
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September 2, 2011 4:31:40 AM

sneeks83 said:
I would highly recomend the phenom 955quadcore black edition 119$ on new egg with a 30$ after market cooler you will get 4.0 ghz easy with a good motherboard and will last untill you upgrade to to bulldozer. so get a new motherboard that will let you upgrade shouldnt be too hard to find. Mobo will be 100$ about so thats 250$ take another 150-200 pick out a video card everyone loves the nvidia gtx 460 for the price but im a radeon guy so i would choose the 6850 or 6950 if you can asus msi his sapphire brands for vid cards. with the last 200$ you need a case power supply hard drive and cd/dvd. the 50$ case that is 2011 toms hardware recomended buy on newegg is good and a 1tb western digital hardrive at 7200rpm is about 80 id spend at least 80 on the power suppply get corsair antec seasonic something quality this is probably the most important part of the cpu dont skimpout here. and with the last 20$ just get a cheap dvd burner unless you have to have bluray. hope this helps at all have a good one


Thanks for all this info! gonna look through everything you recommended.
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September 2, 2011 4:35:39 AM

Outlander_04 said:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 $119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131767

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231277

Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any DVD drive $20

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 430W Power Supply $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129065

HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $612 [ with windows ]

The motherboard is the latest tech and should have a long future since it can run bulldozer cpu's

The case and power supply are quality units with great cooling .


Some of the links don't work but it's all good :D .
Looks like a great Build!
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September 2, 2011 4:57:37 AM

Tino7 said:
Some of the links don't work but it's all good :D .
Looks like a great Build!


Sorry about the broken links .

Its a build I helped another guy with a few days ago , that I updated .... and didnt get quite right .
I think the 6770 is all you will need for gaming at that resolution . Top end cards like the 6950 run games at high detail on hi res screens . You dont need that much power , and its not really in your budget anyway

If you can stretch a little higher then a Radeon 6850 should max out every game for about $30 more
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September 2, 2011 4:59:49 AM

Yo check the $600 build in my sig. Core i3 2100 + GTX560. Porcessing power on par with a X4 955 but much better graphics, although a HD6770 would be good enough for your resolution.
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September 2, 2011 5:05:29 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Sorry about the broken links .

Its a build I helped another guy with a few days ago , that I updated .... and didnt get quite right .
I think the 6770 is all you will need for gaming at that resolution . Top end cards like the 6950 run games at high detail on hi res screens . You dont need that much power , and its not really in your budget anyway

If you can stretch a little higher then a Radeon 6850 should max out every game for about $30 more


I Might go with the Radeon 6850 since i can get windows pretty cheap from my school.
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September 2, 2011 5:44:34 AM

Tino to be completely honest I am having a slight issue beating what outlander posted. Minus the broken links I would probably say that his build is the cheapest your going to get...

A few of the items outlander posted are actually listed as bundle for 300 currently...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

with this deal you get roughly the same price since I am guessing that wherever he got that build from (since he said he got it from another post) the person who posted it probably just pieced out the combo...

If you still want a fresh build let me know I can still create and post one
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September 2, 2011 6:22:57 AM

cgleckman said:
Tino to be completely honest I am having a slight issue beating what outlander posted. Minus the broken links I would probably say that his build is the cheapest your going to get...

A few of the items outlander posted are actually listed as bundle for 300 currently...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

with this deal you get roughly the same price since I am guessing that wherever he got that build from (since he said he got it from another post) the person who posted it probably just pieced out the combo...

If you still want a fresh build let me know I can still create and post one


No its fine i think im going to go with outlanders build, but i do have a question for you or outlander whoever is up the Case comes with a 430W power supply but the Radeon 6850 takes 500W minimum watt power supply so i would have to get another power supply?
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September 2, 2011 7:11:20 AM

Tino7 said:
No its fine i think im going to go with outlanders build, but i do have a question for you or outlander whoever is up the Case comes with a 430W power supply but the Radeon 6850 takes 500W minimum watt power supply so i would have to get another power supply?


I cant speak for outlander but im assuming he posted that case and power supply because the graphics card he posted only requires 450... since your going with the better graphics card I would go with this case and power supply... Its a bit more but thats to be expected...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
This combo will give you a cool blue glow and all the power you will need including any further upgrades you may do *note this is a 600w supply*


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September 2, 2011 7:23:49 AM

cgleckman said:
I cant speak for outlander but im assuming he posted that case and power supply because the graphics card he posted only requires 450... since your going with the better graphics card I would go with this case and power supply... Its a bit more but thats to be expected...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
This combo will give you a cool blue glow and all the power you will need including any further upgrades you may do *note this is a 600w supply*


Thanks! I'll just go with that bundle!
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September 2, 2011 7:26:26 AM

Best answer selected by Tino7.
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