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~$400-550 Gaming PC

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: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, TigerDirect.com
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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  1. Best answer
    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)
    www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.748595
    Asrock Extreme3 970 $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280&Tpk=asrock%20970%20extreme3
    Corsair CX500 + A-Data XPG 4GB DDR3 1600 $75 ($20 MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.760965
    Rosewill Blackbone $35 (Promo)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023
    Seagate 250GB $50
    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST250DM000/dp/B005CT56XU/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1320814818&sr=1-1
    Samsung DVD Burner $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151243
    Total: $578 after MIR

    560 Ti TFII OC Review:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/6
    Therefore 560 Ti TFII OC = 570 except the 560 Ti has lower power consumption and runs cooler.
    570 vs 6870
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/306?vs=290

    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
  2. 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?
  3. No they wont they will still be compatiable with all the other componets
  4. Best answer selected by saucyhitman.
  5. Yes they will be fine, good luck!
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