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November 15, 2011 9:48:19 PM

Hoping to help out a fellow friend who also wants to build a computer. I showed him the build that you guys gave me here awhile ago but he is wondering if there's anything that is better/cheaper that can run games. He's more of a gamer than I am. Here's his info:

Hoping to keep this rig for a few years and be able to reuse parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) Either now or blackfriday? Which would you suggest? If it is now I can build next week but if BlackFriday I have to wait until Dec. when I get back from uni.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 650-700 usd after

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies) Gaming, surfing, webdesign, movie watching

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Preferably 6770 or better

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, want a 20 inch screen

Additional Comments: Need Windows OEM

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November 16, 2011 5:59:13 AM
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November 16, 2011 12:31:15 PM

Thanks for the build. I'm assuming this will be able to run most games on high like my friend wants. He also wants to know if there's much of a difference between AM3 and AM3+, if it would be cheaper to go with Am3 board since he might want a 500 gb hd. Is there anything that he can reduce that won't drop performance too much so that he can have a bigger hd and still play games on high?
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November 16, 2011 6:25:50 PM

Your friend won't be able to run all games on the highest settings. A 6770 will run most games on very good settings at 1680x1050. It's the most GPU the budget will allow though.
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November 16, 2011 9:55:52 PM

Alright, I talked with him and he said running on the highest isn't a problem since it can't be helped with the budget, as long as he can at least play with medium quality at the very least. However, he still wants to know if there is a way to wedge a in 500gb hd instead of a 250? He's willing to take a hit on other areas if he can fit it in, unless it compromises too much of the performance.
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November 16, 2011 10:00:09 PM

Unfortunately HDD are super expensive now and I'd recommend not buying one if avoidable.
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November 16, 2011 10:04:30 PM

He would stick with a 250 but worries about having to buy another Windows OEM if he gets a cheaper HD upgrade later, since he's not sure if he would have to buy another OEM or if he can just reinstall it without another purchase.
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November 16, 2011 10:41:25 PM

The only factor there is the motherboard, not the HDD. As long as the motherboard MODEL is not changed, you can change all the other hardware as much as you like.

And I agree, if you can avoid buying a drive at all right now it would be very nice, and would help get the better card. Any old SATA drive, as long as it works and is say 180GB or better.
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November 16, 2011 10:51:48 PM

Good find cutebeans. I will let my friend know. He'll probably buy it and go with the build that was posted. Thanks!
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November 16, 2011 10:57:58 PM

Good luck! I'd buy it right now since it would most likely be gone by a few days.
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November 16, 2011 11:01:52 PM

The antec neo doesn't come with a power cord though. You might want to buy one too.
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November 16, 2011 11:09:08 PM

Okay any suggestions for the power cord or one that does come with the power cord?
My friend just ordered the Seagate drive
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November 16, 2011 11:26:20 PM

Thanks and the AMD Athlon II x3 455 apparently is out of stock according to my friend. Think they'll be in stock soon? or should we look into buying a different unit?
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November 16, 2011 11:27:28 PM

A Phenom II x 4 955, if budget allows.
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November 16, 2011 11:30:16 PM

Unfortunately it's a bit out of his budget.
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November 16, 2011 11:43:14 PM

The 450 looks good. I'm assuming we dont' have to change any of the build if we buy this?
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November 16, 2011 11:59:22 PM

No need to change anything. It's the same as the one listed before but has a higher MHz.
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November 17, 2011 12:00:57 AM

Alright thanks Proximon and cutebeans! My friend will be purchasing this build. I'll be sure to tell him to grab the cords for the antec.
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November 17, 2011 12:03:27 AM

Make sure you close this by picking the best answer so that Proximon won't have to close it himself since he is the mod.
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November 17, 2011 12:04:33 AM

Best answer selected by crimsonparadox.
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