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

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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  1. Not to be unhelpful, but this is about as good as it gets for $500:,3032.html

    Take a look, let me know what you think.
  2. I like the System builder $500 build , and think it is the best you can do for that money


    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
  3. He doesn't have an OS though.
  4. The system builder is currently $550 on newegg. I also forgot, I already have an OS.
  5. Make sure to use combo deals and save alot of money.
  6. 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

    MSI 990XA-GD55 AM3+/AM3 AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    HIS HD 6850 - $145

    Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $45

    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

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Xigmatek ASGARD II - $30

    Total : $595 before rebates...

    Just because of that Motherboard, I'd not go with a non-970 motherboard atm.
  7. -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. AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz

    (pasted below)

    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
    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
    ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131728
    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
    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

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

    -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.
  8. @ ^^

    Kingwin PSU, Pareema RAM, and 960T all suck! :P
  9. 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?
  10. I have Windows 7 Home Premium. I want to play games from the last few years at 1920 x 1080.
  11. 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.
    $18.99 Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner
    $29.99 Free Shipping Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
    $34.99 Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3750330NS 750GB
    Now: $64.99 ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX
    $179.99 PNY RVCGGTX560TXXB-OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    $69.99 $44.99 after mail-in rebate card Free Shipping OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
    $24.99 Free Shipping Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    $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.
  12. Best answer
    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.
  13. Best answer selected by serowman.
  14. -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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