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$500 build built around AMD Phenom II 955 Black processor?

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October 9, 2011 2:45:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: $500 before rebates, will go as high as $520 to fit everything in

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD Phenom II 955 processor

Overclocking: Definitely

SLI or Crossfire: Not at this price

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I know I want the AMD Phenom II 955 processor. Other than that I need help.
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October 9, 2011 3:20:54 AM

I like the System builder $500 build , and think it is the best you can do for that money

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you can do an awful lot better with $550 . Change the motherboard to a model with a 970 series chipset to support future processors , and you have a system that will last
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October 9, 2011 4:15:08 AM

He doesn't have an OS though.
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October 9, 2011 4:27:45 AM

The system builder is currently $550 on newegg. I also forgot, I already have an OS.
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October 9, 2011 4:36:22 AM

Make sure to use combo deals and save alot of money.

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October 9, 2011 8:28:13 AM

Here's a build for you :

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$160

MSI 990XA-GD55 AM3+/AM3 AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$135

HIS HD 6850 - $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60

Xigmatek ASGARD II - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : $595 before rebates...

Just because of that Motherboard, I'd not go with a non-970 motherboard atm.
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October 9, 2011 11:47:46 AM

-Ok i am going to assume you have windows xp-pro, which is still a ok os, but it is limited to only 3gb and dx9.0c.


http://www.techpowerup.com/120231/Phenom_II_X4_960T__Zo...

http://cyberneoworld.com/zosma-turbo-core-equipped-phen...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz

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Turbo core, 5 or 6 core on the cheap, BE unlocked multi up to 3.4ghz (17X multi max)
Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811147123
$29.99
Recertified: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3750330NS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (don't know if that is good, maybe a new 500 is better for $10 more?)
Item #: N82E16822148824
$34.99
ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131728
$64.99
Recertified: PNY RVCGGTX560TXXB-OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (if not exchange it for a new hd-6870, well it's worth a try to get a 560ti)
Item #: N82E16814133417
-$80.00 Instant
$259.99
$179.99
KINGWIN ABT-650MM 650W ATX 12V v2.2/ BTX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817121084 (should be fine with a single card, but with a 70%@100% rating it's is not so great so expect a actual 550watt output, i doubt it can power crossfire/sli)
$49.99 ( corsair, antec, silverstone is better if you can find one on sale)
Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model MD313C80809L2
Item #: N82E16820576003
$23.49 (maybe a extra $5 to go to corsair memory since the cheaper brands are sometimes taking a chance)
AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
Item #: N82E16819103995
$124.99

Subtotal: $508.43 (add dvdrw if u need one unless u can reuse your current one, if not add $20)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Well anyways under $550 makes some compromises, risk taking to get a fast system. Can u reuse a case? dvdrw?
It could save enough to get some better parts.

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October 9, 2011 12:16:10 PM

@ ^^

Kingwin PSU, Pareema RAM, and 960T all suck! :p 
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October 9, 2011 12:42:08 PM

Agreed. If you combo up on the System Builder PC, it should fall within budget.

What kind of games do you play, and what do you want to run them at?
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October 9, 2011 7:43:27 PM

I have Windows 7 Home Premium. I want to play games from the last few years at 1920 x 1080.
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October 9, 2011 8:23:41 PM

I ran out of time to edit the build. I could try again. I have second thoughts on those parts now too.
I was reading about the 960t, and it seems it's hit and miss with unlocking cores and overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18.99 Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$29.99 Free Shipping Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$34.99 Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3750330NS 750GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Now: $64.99 ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99 PNY RVCGGTX560TXXB-OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99 $44.99 after mail-in rebate card Free Shipping OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$24.99 Free Shipping Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99 Free Shipping $10 off w/ promo code ($129.99) AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz


Subtotal: $563.92-$35 rebates $528.92 plus taxes/shipping.





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October 9, 2011 8:25:55 PM

You should wait for BD, The FX-4110 is expected to be priced around $130-ish So with that said, you'll get 32nm and more performance for around the same price.
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October 9, 2011 8:57:38 PM

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October 9, 2011 9:11:55 PM

-If the system is a single slot system, the 970 is enough. Going to the FX-4110 wont help much with only a single card vs the 970.

-In a year when am3 cpus are sold out, the 970 could fetch enough to cover the cost of a faster BD cpu. Like socket 775 where people are willing to pay for a used core2quad, the same thing could happen with the higher end phenomIIx4's.

-Someone with a am2+ board, ddr2 memory, and a regor X2 would want the 970.

-Later on faster clocked BD cpus will come out, something like a 4ghz model. Just like the phenomII's got speed bumps from the first 3.0ghz model.

-By then you will want to sell the 560ti and get the new 660ti or hd-7950.


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October 10, 2011 1:30:01 AM

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