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~$400-550 Gaming PC

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November 9, 2011 2:16:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: November 8th to December 20th (About a month and some days)
Budget Range: USD/$ ~400-550 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I'm partial to AMD because of the price-performance ratio.
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1360x768
Additional Comments: As the topic says, I'll be using this build for gaming (what else is new? :sarcastic:  ). I used the September 2011 Builder Marathon $500 Gaming PC as a template. I had a hard time finding a $40 HDD so I found the $80 HDD from Amazon. I know the budget doesn't give much leeway but if possible, I'd like to be eco-friendly/low-power where I can be.

Newegg Combo Deal: $304.98 $290.98
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
GPU: Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1 GB

Newegg Combo Deal: $109.98 $69.98
Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel/Plastic ATX Mid Tower
PSU: Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2SB 500W ATX12V v2.2

MOBO: ASRock M3A770DE $59.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $29.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900RPM $79.95
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM $18.99

Build Total: $562.49

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a b 4 Gaming
November 9, 2011 3:03:37 AM

HDD's have had their price raised by a lot so I either suggest getting a smaller HDD or just holding off on one. I would suggest this build though.

955 + MSI 560 Ti TFII OC $355 ($20 MIR)
Asrock Extreme3 970 $85
Corsair CX500 + A-Data XPG 4GB DDR3 1600 $75 ($20 MIR)
Rosewill Blackbone $35 (Promo)
Seagate 250GB $50
Samsung DVD Burner $18
Total: $578 after MIR

560 Ti TFII OC Review:
Therefore 560 Ti TFII OC = 570 except the 560 Ti has lower power consumption and runs cooler.
570 vs 6870

Also the PSU is better, more solid with decent-good reviews and 80+ certified. You get a smaller HDD but it spins at 7200 RPMs which will be much faster in reality than a 5900 RPM even if it is 1.5TB.

Also the Extreme3 970 will allow upgrading to the AM3+ chips if you ever wanted too and you get USB 3.0 and SATA 6 gb/s
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November 9, 2011 7:04:03 AM

I'd be glad to spend the extra dollars for the 560 Ti. The smaller hard drive is fine too, I doubt I'd even touch 1 TB. It's good to know about the AM3+ chips, but will upgrading the PSU and GPU be a problem at all?
a b 4 Gaming
November 9, 2011 7:07:05 AM

No they wont they will still be compatiable with all the other componets
November 9, 2011 10:46:48 PM

Best answer selected by saucyhitman.
a b 4 Gaming
November 10, 2011 4:24:45 AM

Yes they will be fine, good luck!