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$650 Gaming Budget, Feedback Before Purchased

I plan on purchasing this in next couple days. I would like to know if I would experience any bottle necking, and are all the parts compatible? My budget is $650 firm. Thanks

Approximate Purchase Date: 9/23/2011


Budget Range: $650 Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing web, editing videos, movies, gaming


Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)


Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin:US


Parts Preferences: I prefer AMD since I'm on a budget, would consider Intel for the right price

Overclocking: maybe


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Additional Comments: I mostly play fps games, would this build beable to play at max settings? Games include: COD(s),BF(s),FEAR..

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Antec Three Hundred Illusion (59.99 -10.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066


GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131374

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM

bundled with:

1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696166
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  1. bump!

    Could anyone give feedback about my build? Need more experience suggestions.

  2. i'd say it's a great build especially at that resolution you should be able to max out pretty much anything out there. I'd get a new monitor though as a 24 inch LED or LCD monitor now isn't very expensive. In my opinion your monitor is your only "bottleneck" in your overall experience.

    Edit:
    I'd change the ram to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    It is at 1600 mhz (your previous was 1333mhz) for only a bit more.
  3. amirp said:
    i'd say it's a great build especially at that resolution you should be able to max out pretty much anything out there. I'd get a new monitor though as a 24 inch LED or LCD monitor now isn't very expensive. In my opinion your monitor is your only "bottleneck" in your overall experience.

    Edit:
    I'd change the ram to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    It is at 1600 mhz (your previous was 1333mhz) for only a bit more.


    Would the Kingston HyperX 4GB be a better choice. Their only $30!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104166
  4. well they are $30 because it's only 4gb of ram (2x2gb)
    but that should be enough ram in my opinion, but since 8gb of quality ram is only 20 dollars more i'd just get 8gb.

    The reason I say 4gb is enough is that windows 8 is shown to use even less ram than windows 7, and games rarely take up all 4gb of your ram. The ram kit i linked you is the one I have (8gb 1600) and I have never seen it use more than 4gb of ram.

    But still... since its cheap.. just get 8gb
  5. $600 build on my sig.

    i3 2100 + HD6870 for $600 including OS.

    Drop the OS and you are looking at $500, which means you can easily upgrade to a i5 2500k (+$90) and a decent Z68 mobo (+$60). Get 4GB of 1600MHz RAM as well (+$5)

    You won't get better performance for $655.
  6. ^+1 I agree with zero_ 100%.
  7. Best answer
    Zero_ said:
    $600 build on my sig.

    i3 2100 + HD6870 for $600 including OS.

    Drop the OS and you are looking at $500, which means you can easily upgrade to a i5 2500k (+$90) and a decent Z68 mobo (+$60). Get 4GB of 1600MHz RAM as well (+$5)

    You won't get better performance for $655.


    I'd suggest a i5-2400 or even 2500 for a $600-650 PC.

    here's a very solid $630 build:


    i5-2500: $194.99 w/ Promo code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073
    no OC, but it's a great deal thru the 26th

    ASRock H61M/U3S3: $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236
    All you will need

    G.skill 4GB DDR3-1333: $25.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    Samsung DVD burner + Seagate 1 TB HDD: $66.48
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696166

    Corsair 430W PSU: $44.95 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    Gigabyte GTX 560 + Batman: $184.99 w/ $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125383

    Xigmatek Asgard II case: $29.99 w/ $5 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815006

    $617.42


    $13.34 shipping

    $630.76 total

    you can add Rosewill case fans (up to 3) at $5.99 each.

    you could also step up to 8 GB of DDR3-1333 for an extra $15
  8. Best answer selected by sicbic420.
  9. ScrewySqrl said:
    I'd suggest a i5-2400 or even 2500 for a $600-650 PC.

    here's a very solid $630 build:


    i5-2500: $194.99 w/ Promo code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073
    no OC, but it's a great deal thru the 26th

    ASRock H61M/U3S3: $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236
    All you will need

    G.skill 4GB DDR3-1333: $25.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    Samsung DVD burner + Seagate 1 TB HDD: $66.48
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696166

    Corsair 430W PSU: $44.95 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    Gigabyte GTX 560 + Batman: $184.99 w/ $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125383

    Xigmatek Asgard II case: $29.99 w/ $5 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815006

    $617.42


    $13.34 shipping

    $630.76 total

    you can add Rosewill case fans (up to 3) at $5.99 each.

    you could also step up to 8 GB of DDR3-1333 for an extra $15



    I really like this build! To bad I already purchased though.. =/ I just couldn't wait bought on impulse. So tell me how good i did? I know this mobo doesn't support xfire/sli, but will it be fine for OC? Also, would the stock fan be ok if I just bump to 3.6 or 3.8?


    (CASE)Antec Three Hundred Illusion
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066


    (MOBO)GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

    (GPU)PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131374

    (PSU)Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    (RAM)Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104166


    (CPU)AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM

    bundled with:

    1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696166
  10. stock fan should be ok through 3.6...that's where the 970 is
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