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November 27, 2011 12:46:39 AM

Hey everyone I am looking to build a decent gaming Desktop. I know a little about computers and have done a little research but I still need some help. I will be playing games such as Battlefield 3 and Skyrim. Now I'm not looking to make a God computer that will run BF3 on ultra but mid-High would be nice at 720p

Here are my current choices.

Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Power Supply: No Idea. I could use some help with that.

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX

Hard Drive: just a regular 250GB Seagate $90

DVD Drive: Asus DVD Burner $20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit $99

The total Comes to $660

All feedback is welcome and but I am not looking to spend much more then that.



November 27, 2011 12:59:37 AM

is that $660 with or without a PSU?

If you don't plan on going SLI down the road then you can probably do a 600W PSU is the only thing I can offer. Otherwise I think you would hit your goal.
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November 27, 2011 1:14:19 AM

I would switch to a HD 6850 instead but that's just my opinion:

GIGABYTE GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 $170 or $130 after MIR+Promo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 $150 or $140 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 $160 or $140 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The core clock doesn't really matter, you can always download a third party program such as MSI Afterburner to overclock your GPU. All of the suggestions I listed includes free shipping.

As for the power supply I recommend at least 43w to 500w. Here's some suggestion :D 

Corsair CS430 430W $37 or $17 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair CX500 500W $62 or $52 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec HCG 620W $65 or $50 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Side Note: Seeing how the prices of HDD increased due to the flood in Thailand.. it may be wiser to side with a SSD for now. You can purchase an internal hard drive after the prices return to normal. If you really want a hard drive, you should look into bestbuy and amazon instead. There are some 500 to 750 gb hard drive under $90 there.

You'll be able to store your OS and at least a few games with the SSD if you're going this route:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-233-188^icn_ironegg_overlay%23%2C20-226-168^20-226-168-02%23%2C20-147-502^icn_ironegg_overlay%23%2C20-227-528^20-227-528-TS%2C20-167-030^20-167-030-TS


Some quick searches brought up the following from Amazon:

Seagate Momentus 7200 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB Cache 2.5 Inch $77
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001R4BBLU/ref=d...

Hitachi Travelstar 640GB 2.5 Inch $94
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00486TKYO/ref=s...
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November 27, 2011 3:32:13 AM

wintermint said:
I would switch to a HD 6850 instead but that's just my opinion:

GIGABYTE GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 $170 or $130 after MIR+Promo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 $150 or $140 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 $160 or $140 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The core clock doesn't really matter, you can always download a third party program such as MSI Afterburner to overclock your GPU. All of the suggestions I listed includes free shipping.

As for the power supply I recommend at least 43w to 500w. Here's some suggestion :D 

Corsair CS430 430W $37 or $17 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair CX500 500W $62 or $52 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec HCG 620W $65 or $50 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Side Note: Seeing how the prices of HDD increased due to the flood in Thailand.. it may be wiser to side with a SSD for now. You can purchase an internal hard drive after the prices return to normal. If you really want a hard drive, you should look into bestbuy and amazon instead. There are some 500 to 750 gb hard drive under $90 there.

You'll be able to store your OS and at least a few games with the SSD if you're going this route:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-233-188^icn_ironegg_overlay%23%2C20-226-168^20-226-168-02%23%2C20-147-502^icn_ironegg_overlay%23%2C20-227-528^20-227-528-TS%2C20-167-030^20-167-030-TS


Some quick searches brought up the following from Amazon:

Seagate Momentus 7200 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB Cache 2.5 Inch $77
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001R4BBLU/ref=d...

Hitachi Travelstar 640GB 2.5 Inch $94
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00486TKYO/ref=s...




I usually go with Nvidia cards because I am more familiar with them but because the board I am getting supports Crossfire I think I will go with the 6850 that way if I want to get another card later on I can. So know if i was to get another one which power supply should I get know just to be safe later on?

Also I guess I posted the wrong mother board it really should be this one

AsRock 970
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November 27, 2011 12:26:26 PM

600W would do it. 650W might be a little more efficient.
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November 27, 2011 7:38:28 PM

Best answer selected by Matthew1234.
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