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November 2, 2011 3:58:45 PM

I'm looking to start building a new bugdet balanced pc for gaming, movies and internet. I'm thinking of spending around 500-750$. The processor that fits my budget range is the AMD Phenom 965 BE imo. Please help me find the best quality for price. (Probably want to start with a single GPU with a mobo capable of Crossfire, ability to overclock (but dont plan on doing so to begin with) and DDR3 1333MHz Ram)
November 2, 2011 4:10:37 PM

Forgot to add build need not Include (monitor/keyboard/mouse); once again any help would be greatly appreciated ty.
November 2, 2011 4:51:19 PM

Right now the harddrive is going to kill you, because the prices are so high due to the flooding in Thailand. If you have one you can reuse temporarily, do it, and wait a few months for prices to drop again. Alternatively, because the prices are so high, you coudl spend just a little more ($20) and get a decent 120 gb SSD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) (and later, when prices drop, get a storage drive). Your choice.

Also, I included a non-modular PSU, if you want modular, for the same price is this Rosewill Hive series at 650W. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its a good PSU, the same platform as the OCZ ZS which has gotten good reviews from Jonnyguru.


Here is what I came up with so far.


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$49.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$139.99

ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813157262
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$109.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$94.99

ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
Item #: N82E16820211409
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$29.99


COMBO
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102948
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$14.00 Combo
$290.98

Subtotal: $715.93

This doesn't include shipping (about $10 I think with these parts) or an OS.
EDIT: Also does not include the cost of a non-OEM cooler for the SPU since you stated you would NOT be OCing right away. Not including one keeps the initial cost down (but one comes with the processor, so you are ok to start)

You can often find Win7 for $90 or $85 through deals on Newegg, but if you need to cut costs to fit the OS in, here are a couple ways.

Drop the PSU down to either of these at $60/$65:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They have good consumer and pro reviews

Get this NZXT case for $10 less, as it has good reviews
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These two alternatives would save you $40 or so without any loss in performance.
If that is still not enough, you might have to drop the ability to crossfire in the future. If you want to do this, you'll have to let us know so we can get alternative parts for that.
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November 2, 2011 5:32:44 PM

Thank you for your quick response. When it comes to hard drives I just ran through all my equipment and was able to find two working Sata HD's. The first being Seagate Barracuda ES.2 SATA 3.0-Gb/s 750-GB Hard Drive ST3750330NS (16mb Cache). The Second a Western Digital 1TB WD10EADS-00L5B1 (32mb cache) (older model non-caviar green.) Both of which are in good working condition used to be installed on my server...
November 2, 2011 6:30:37 PM

If you have two working drives that are Sata, as you say, I would definitely reuse one or both due to current high prices. Then you could save up for a SATA drive later, in addition to your cross fire, if you want. If you take out the cost of the HDD, it leaves you a little extra room in your budget.

As a result, I might look at this motherboard, which has even better reviews than the first one I listed, and isn't that much more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could also look at another case if you find one you like better, perhaps something like this with USB 3.0 front ports, using an internal header (rather than passthrough) and it has a $15 promo code right now also! (promo code: EMCJKHC32)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The new cost with these parts and INCLUDING Win7 would be $725 before the promo code.


EDIT: you can also throw in a cooler, because of the HDD savings (it would fit in either of the suggested cases)
$25: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-...

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2011 7:52:25 PM
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You can get PII 955BE for $105 and just clock it to PII 965BE speed.
November 4, 2011 4:20:09 PM

geekapproved said:
You can get PII 955BE for $105 and just clock it to PII 965BE speed.


where? i only see it for 125
a b B Homebuilt system
November 4, 2011 4:28:20 PM

amazon great deal on HDDs 1TB Seagate Barracuda for $73 get it while you can!
November 12, 2011 9:48:24 AM

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