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September 15, 2011 7:30:56 PM

Usually im an Nvidia/Intel buyer but I am building a budget PC for a friend and the core of it looks something like this:

- ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- APEVIA ATX-AS680W-BL 680W ATX12V / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


My first question is...how does this look so far? His budget is around $500 and he is just a little over with this setup.

My second question is...is it better to get an ATI GPU with an AMD setup or does it matter? Is there any advantage to getting ATI vid card when building an AMD sys? I think I would rather put a 460/560ti in er then an ATI...but if there are some buffs for having an ATI card then I might go that route.

Thanks in advance! :hello: 

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September 15, 2011 7:57:29 PM

You don't have to go with amd gpu when building an amd system. You can use Nvidia or amd it is up to you. The system look good for 500 bucks. You don't have a Hd is your parts list. Don't for get to order that too. Good luck.
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September 15, 2011 8:13:22 PM

Ok, good to know ty!

He has an SSD already so hes ok there but good reminder. +1
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September 15, 2011 8:20:30 PM

This looks like a nice budget build, however I would get rid of the Apevia PSU. For around $50 there are better solutions out there, such as the Corsair 500W builder's series.

It used to be that catalyst drivers and nVidia didn't play nice together on the same system, but that is no longer the case. With support for sli on the 900 series motherboards, you should have no problems with incompatibility.

There's no particular reason to use the HD6850, except it may be superior than the GTX460/550ti in some games. Plus the latest "best video cards..." article suggests the GTX 460 1 GB is becoming scarce. If you meant the 560ti, you're talking about a card that is over $200.
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September 15, 2011 8:49:07 PM

buzznut said:
This looks like a nice budget build, however I would get rid of the Apevia PSU. For around $50 there are better solutions out there, such as the Corsair 500W builder's series.

It used to be that catalyst drivers and nVidia didn't play nice together on the same system, but that is no longer the case. With support for sli on the 900 series motherboards, you should have no problems with incompatibility.


So a 500W should cut it eh...which one would you recommend? If you have any other suggestions feel free to let me know!

- Rosewill RV2-500 500 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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There's no particular reason to use the HD6850, except it may be superior than the GTX460/550ti in some games. Plus the latest "best video cards..." article suggests the GTX 460 1 GB is becoming scarce. If you meant the 560ti, you're talking about a card that is over $200.


So whats your take on it, AMD or Nvidia? I did mean 550 not 560ti sry my bad.
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September 15, 2011 9:08:01 PM

the Antec 650 Green psu is $50 after rebate .

You also need RAM and it should be 1.5 volt . Get 1600Mhz , but probably it will run more happily at 1333 MHz since the memory controller is on the Phenom not the board .

A 550 or a 6850? The 6850 is way stronger
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September 15, 2011 9:21:35 PM

He has Ripjaw X 8gb (2x4) 1600 waiting to get installed. Didnt know the deal about the cpu ty!
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September 16, 2011 12:38:53 AM

slcmike said:
Ok here it is...good psu and on sale...good find, ty Outlander.

- Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yes, much better than any of those PSU's you posted. For gaming you need a quality unit that will provide solid power, hopefully for the next several years. 650W would ensure upgradability for the most power hungry graphics card.
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September 16, 2011 5:04:06 AM

Best answer selected by slcmike.
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