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$650 budget mild gaming/general use build

Last response: in Systems
October 9, 2011 3:26:12 AM

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.

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply:
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:

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Processor/Graphics card combo:

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:
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.