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November 2, 2011 4:13:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $700 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web browsing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US preferred

Parts Preferences:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($99)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX ($130)

Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ($60)

Case: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($36)

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($180)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply ($44)

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($90, Thailand flooded, prices up)

Optical Drive: SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM ($17)

Tools: Rosewill RTK-045M 45-Piece Magnetic Computer Tool Kit ($20, Do I need these?)

Total: $704

Overclocking: maybe in the future, but i'd prefer not to

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1080p tv and a 1080p 3d tv

Additional Comments: Just trying to build the cheapest gaming rig to play BF3 on high with over 40 fps, and Skyrim on ultra. I have a 1080p tv but am hoping to be able to play games in 3d with a 3d 1080p tv later. I'm not really sure if all these parts go together. If I can switch parts with better quality or bring the cost down around $700, I'm all ears.

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November 7, 2011 2:07:30 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Area51reopened
November 7, 2011 2:20:54 AM

You do not need the toolkit. Put the money towards a better case because that one is very ugly.
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November 7, 2011 2:41:52 AM

No the tool kit shouldnt be needed unless you dont have tools already besides that everything looks good. If you plan to OC get a cpu cooler now as well so you dont have to put it in later Hyper 212+ is cheap and works very good.
November 7, 2011 2:54:15 AM

No tool kit
and get the 955 phenom instead

Those changes let you buy a current model motherboard with a 970 series chipset
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ $85

If you use this mb you can upgrade to future processors . Use the 770 board and you wont be able to do that .

The 955 Phenom can be OC'ed easily to 965 speeds [ and beyond] even using the stock cooler

If you can fit it in the budget
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W $55
is a much better psu