$650 budget mild gaming/general use build

Approximate Purchase Date: Any time from now until Thanksgiving, basically a month.

Budget Range: $650 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General use for college, gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Windows 7, DVD drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD Processor/Nvidia graphics card

Overclocking: Maybe but probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I am building this computer for a friend. Want a computer to use for school work and some gaming. Plans to play some games but not a nonstop gaming rig, but wants to be able to have nice graphics (doesn't have to be completely maxed out). Just wants a durable, good graphic rig.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (15 DOLLAR PROMO CODE, it says 10 but it's actually 15).

Motherboard/RAM combo:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647
ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Processor/Graphics card combo:

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total came out to $623, including shipping and combo/promos. Willing to go up to $650, but for his use I really see no point. Gaming will not be a primary concern, it's just something to do every now and again. With a 560, that should easily do what he needs. Also, want to make sure that the amd motherboard is able to be upgraded to the Bulldozer series in the future. Thanks guys, and if you would change anything please let me know.
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  1. Hello my friend

    Consider getting a AM3+ motherboard for upgradability. This is an AM3+ socket. Yours is not.


    RAM: This is the same price but it comes with a free flash card
  2. a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389 would be cheaper and better than the 560.
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