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New AMD build - need internal hard drive & gfx card

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November 21, 2011 8:28:32 PM

Hey guys,
this is my first post and i'm new to building so i was hoping if the community is able to point me in the right direction.
I'm on a really tight budget. I'm looking for an internal hard drive that's cheap, ~500GB (40-80 dollars) and a good vidcard that's able to run BF3 easily (100-180 dollars). I looked at the Seagate barracuda 500gb and was around 100-130 dollars. As for videocard, i'm open to any options.

i'm open to any websites as long as long as its cheaper and reliable.
The cheaper it is, the better, as long as it does the job well and is good to run BF3 without any problems. Overall budget: approx $250. If getting a slightly worse hard drive to get a better gfx card, i'm willing to do so. Please help!

processor: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz
powersupply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power
Ram: 1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

Harddrive: ?
video card: ?

Thank you <3

-roffles92



November 21, 2011 8:59:28 PM

Sorry, but you just can't get an HDD that cheap right now. Thailand's floods have elevated prices monstrously, and I've read that they'll stay high into mid-2012.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/business/global/07iht...
The best GPU at $180 is probably the 560, but if the HDD eats into that and gives you only $130 or so, you'll probably end up going 6850.
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November 21, 2011 9:24:07 PM

ah that makes so much more sense, i was really wondering why the prices have sky rocketed leaving me to cripple. Is buying a HDD on ebay generally safe to use?
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November 21, 2011 9:24:45 PM

Should be, yes. Try to get a return policy. Without one, it's still a gamble.
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November 21, 2011 9:57:44 PM

Sweet perfect.

One more Q,

i did a little research and i saw one source saying that the GTX 560 > HD 6870 and another source saying HD 6870 > gtx 560. i know both are very similar, but which gets you more bang for the bucks? I also understand that the brand also makes a difference?
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November 21, 2011 10:05:36 PM

They're very similar. Tom's, which is close to the most trustworthy source around, puts them equally. If you can get a deal on one, go for it.
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