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September 2, 2011 6:07:05 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: about this week

Budget Range: $600-700 prefer to stay closer to the low 600ish though

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching videos, some video editing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I'd like it to be able to run battlefield 3 at a reasonable speed on mid-high settings.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

ASRock 990FX Extreme4 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

$690.92 + $23.58 shipping
total: $714.50

Any help at all to find good parts at lower price is much appreciated.

More about : 600 700 build

September 2, 2011 7:08:16 AM

For the money, you can't get much better than that. Come up with another $50 or so and you'll be able to buy a Bulldozer chip when they release mid-to-late September, and that will drastically improve performance. Once you have the cash to do so, buy another 6850 and run them both.

With all of that, you'll probably be able to run BF3 on med-high settings. With your current build, probably low-med... which still looks great :) 

Oh, and suggestions:

If you can find comparable prices on Amazon, they offer free shipping on some items.

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September 2, 2011 7:22:02 AM

This motherboard

ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970

saves you $40 . Its still AM3+ . Most of the difference is the pci-e x16 slots running at 8x/8x when you crossfire . All intel sandy bridge boards do this and it doesnt seem to affect their graphics performance .

You can save more by trimming the RAM back to 2 x2 gig .
This wont affect gaming performance , and is unlikely to make a huge difference to video editing for a casual user
September 9, 2011 12:02:38 AM

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