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September 12, 2011 6:25:23 AM

Before you read this wall of text, I very much appreciate your input and suggestions, thank you for taking the time and effort to read this.

So I made this build, lower budget but powerful(ish). I have another build that I am currently set on, but I wanted to see what I could do with less money, so I made a cheaper build, that I can upgrade in the future. I want to know what you guys think of this one.

Approximate Purchase Date: This month if I decide to get it.

Budget Range: My other build is $720, but I want to keep this one under say... $600, to see what I can do with it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Netflix/Hulu/Youtube, internet surfing, ANYTHING OFFICE RELATED xD.

Parts Not Required: Monitor. I have a 32" 720p LCD :D 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com unless cheaper/better elsewhere.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I don't care much when it comes to getting higher quality parts, although, an XFX card is almost a must, I get a lifetime warranty from those things, give me a good enough reason to buy another card, and I MIGHT be convinced.

Overclocking: I have never overclocked anything I have, and I'm not comfortable with pushing my hardware past its set limits. So, maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: With this build an absolute yes in the future. (I would plan on getting another 6770, tell me what you think of that.)

Monitor Resolution: I don't know right now. I will be running it on my 720p 32".

Additional Comments: Someone find me a good gaming keyboard and mouse. I am currently set on a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 and some gigabyte mouse, but if you can find something better in the same price range, I won't overlook it.

Case: Rosewill challenger. Very popular case, cheap, (good airflow apparently) and has good reviews. Now, if someone can find me a case for around the same price, with a side window, and has red LEDs instead of blue, (And just as good) I would be impressed. ( I don't care for the LEDs that much actually xD) Otherwise I will probably stick with it. (But I Would enjoy seeing the beautiful inside of my case :(  )

Mobo: Biostar A870U3. 4 Memory slots, 2 video slots, $60, and good reviews. (Plus much more) Seriously, this board is almost too good to be true.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE. I don't really know what to say about it... Its good?

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6770. Very good mid range GPU from what people say, and the looks of it. It will be good for now, and then later on I can get 2 in crossfire and it will be REALLY beast.

RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 memory. Good memory, nuff said. With this motherboard I could buy another pack later and have 16gb memory later on. I like it.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. According to what others say, "Fastest reliable storage on the market that isn't an SSD or Caviar Black." Nice.

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST. Writes everything as far as I know. Super cheap. Super reliable. Asus. Epic reviews.

Edit: I also got a Hyper 212 Plus cooler for the CPU. (Good :p )

Last part I have not chosen. PSU. I need someone to find me a PSU that is 80+ certified and up, a reliable brand, and enough to run this build with 2 6770s in Crossfire, and 16gb worth of that Ripjaws memory. And enough for everything else I need. Preference on the PSU? Not super important but I kind of want A modular PSU, more airflow and less ugly cables laying around, I also (PREFERENCE, NOT SUPER IMPORTANT :p ) want it to be black or red. So it will match the rest of the entire inside of the computer :p .

Suggestions, and opinions are appreciated, thank you for reading this wall of text and giving me your input. I appreciate it. Thank you.
September 12, 2011 6:43:05 AM

do you have a microcenter near you?
September 12, 2011 6:51:20 AM

For CrossFire you might want to get a different board because the second PCIE x16 slot only runs at x4.

EXPANSION SLOT
2 x PCI Slots
2 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x16 + x4)
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September 12, 2011 6:52:28 AM

gonemtbiking123 said:
do you have a microcenter near you?


I wish I did.
September 12, 2011 6:53:44 AM

AMD X6850 said:
For CrossFire you might want to get a different board because the second PCIE x16 slot only runs at x4.

EXPANSION SLOT
2 x PCI Slots
2 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x16 + x4)


So can you find me a board very alike but has 2 PCIE x16 slots?
September 12, 2011 6:56:06 AM

A Corsair AX850 should be the right PSU.
September 12, 2011 7:05:10 AM

pckitty4427 said:
A Corsair AX850 should be the right PSU.


Thanks for taking the time to read. That PSU is far too overkill, 80 plus gold is TOO expensive for me, all 80 plus gold usually are made out of the top of the line materials and are extremely expensive, 850 watts just seems like way more then enough. It would also go past my wanted budget for this one, under 600, my other build is 700 so I would have no point in this one if I bought that PSU.
September 12, 2011 7:33:40 AM

At your 720p resolution you will probably never need 2 graphics cards . A single 6770 will max out any game , since it has fewer pixels than a 19 inch monitor

I would also not build an AMD system unless using an AM3+ motherboard that will run the soon to be released Bulldozer cpu's .
The cheapest available is
ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ $58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

THe cheapest hat can crossfire [ which you wont need IMO ]
ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a power supply you will need 450 watts , maybe 500 if you cf
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 [ after rebate]
September 12, 2011 7:46:52 AM

Outlander_04 said:
At your 720p resolution you will probably never need 2 graphics cards . A single 6770 will max out any game , since it has fewer pixels than a 19 inch monitor

I would also not build an AMD system unless using an AM3+ motherboard that will run the soon to be released Bulldozer cpu's .
The cheapest available is
ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ $58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

THe cheapest hat can crossfire [ which you wont need IMO ]
ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a power supply you will need 450 watts , maybe 500 if you cf
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 [ after rebate]


Thanks for the suggestion and reading. How would the 6770 max any game? Quick explanation? And also, I just don't think I will upgrade to a new bulldozer.. But I need a better board anyways because the one I have has 2 PCIE slots but 1 is only x4 apparently. Those two aren't very good, and the first one has poor reviews anyways. The second is too expensive. Remember this is a budget build, I either keep it cheap, or go with my more expensive build.
September 12, 2011 8:58:48 AM

A 1080p screen has 1920 x 1080 pixels that the graphics card has to calculate and draw each time it draws a frame.
Thats 2,073,600 pixels

A 720p screen is 1280 x 720.
Thats 921,600 pixels

The same graphics card will run a game more than twice as fast on a 720p than it would on a 1080p
Tht means even a mid range card like the 6770 will run really good detail and frame rates at that resolution

As for for building a computer you can upgrade :BE SMART

You are build a budget computer now because you have to buy everything .
In 2 years time if you have a case, power supply , hard drive , dvd
and a MOTHERBOARD and RAM you can reuse
you will be building an awesome system and it will cost less

Since you dont need the 650 [ or 850 ] watt psu to run a rig thats going to draw a maximum of 230 watts you can definitely afford a decent AM3+ board .
If you dont want to pay for the asrock then
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is $90 after rebate .

It cant crossfire but you DONT need that .
Its always worked for me that when I could afford a second card there was already newer better graphics cards available and it was cheaper to sell mine and get one newer card
September 12, 2011 9:14:06 AM

i would suggest AMD's new APU series. You get a CPU and GPU on one chip and when you add a discrete video card, you get hybrid CrossfireX. Even alone, you get some decent direct x 11 gaming.
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