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November 28, 2011 2:05:45 AM

Hello all first post here. Looking to build a new gaming pc after a hiatus from pc gaming for about 5 years. While I have built a few computers in the past I have lost touch a little with component specifics.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP. Hoping to be able to hit some Cyber Monday deals since I missed black friday deals.

Budget Range: $700 doesn't matter if its before or after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the internet, budgets.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse. Need everything else including OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Always had AMD but won't rule out Intel

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: Will be used to play games like BF3, MW3, etc.
November 28, 2011 3:04:38 AM

I tried and with needing an OS, monitor, case, and the insane prices of HDD's its really hard. Any way you can increase your budget? I'll help you if you get to $825+
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November 28, 2011 4:52:44 AM

With your budget, it's really hard. Alone the OS and Monitor is $200 that leaves $500 for the entire system. But.....

AMD 955 + XFX 6870 $263 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Asrock 970 Extreme3 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3 1600 $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair CX430 $37 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.12 $69
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/875542/Seagate-Ba...
NZXT Gamma $36
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...
Total: $525 before MIR

Acer 21.5" 1080P $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 64-bit $87
http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miwi7hoprfuv6.h...
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November 28, 2011 9:43:36 PM

aznshinobi said:
With your budget, it's really hard. Alone the OS and Monitor is $200 that leaves $500 for the entire system. But.....

AMD 955 + XFX 6870 $263 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Asrock 970 Extreme3 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3 1600 $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair CX430 $37 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.12 $69
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/875542/Seagate-Ba...
NZXT Gamma $36
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...
Total: $525 before MIR

Acer 21.5" 1080P $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 64-bit $87
http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miwi7hoprfuv6.h...




Getting close to pulling the trigger on this build. Unfortunately both the memory and power supply are out of stock at newegg at the moment. Anyone have other suggestions for those two items that would go good with this build? Thanks
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November 29, 2011 2:58:01 AM

The ram and PSU Crewton suggested would be good subs, but the deals aren't as good as the BFriday Weekend. Cyber monday < BFriday.

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November 29, 2011 4:50:49 AM

Azn has some nice stuff there. I'd go all out and get a 990FX board since there is some $$$ left over.
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November 29, 2011 5:10:04 AM

There's actually no more money left. The 990FX is no improvement over 890FX I think it's a big ripoff since PCI 3.0 still isn't an option on 990FX. Whereas 970 is pretty solid and the board I suggested as the ability to run SLI and CF which very little cheap MBs have.
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November 29, 2011 5:54:02 AM

there got to be something wrong with that HDD .. I saw it couple days ago and just couldn;t believe it
right next to it there is 160gb sold for 150
what's the catch ;) 
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November 29, 2011 5:55:59 AM

oh I see .. the porblem is that it's out of stock
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November 29, 2011 9:25:28 PM

aznshinobi said:
There's actually no more money left. The 990FX is no improvement over 890FX I think it's a big ripoff since PCI 3.0 still isn't an option on 990FX. Whereas 970 is pretty solid and the board I suggested as the ability to run SLI and CF which very little cheap MBs have.


990-970= 20 reasons why you should grab the 990FX instead [:bohleyk:2]

That just happened!
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November 29, 2011 10:20:15 PM

According to Office Depot they still have them in stock but delivery only.

As for the 990-970, clever but it's seriously not even close to worth the extra $50.
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November 29, 2011 10:47:27 PM

why not just go with athlon x3 455 Rana?
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November 29, 2011 10:57:08 PM

the 955/960T would future proof OP for a bit and they are the sweet spot for gaming.
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November 30, 2011 5:20:53 AM

hm ok .. I'm pretty sure what will future proof is a better GPU not the cpu that can clock higher ... I would not want to have 2700k and geforce 6800 (which I actually have :(  .. gpu not cpu )
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November 30, 2011 9:10:52 PM

True, but the Combo was with the 955. The Combo makes the 955 fairly cheap and the 6870 is pretty good for gaming now.

A 2700K+6800 Geforce is obvious, but if you do that why would you even get the 6800, the iGPU is at least better than the 6800.
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December 10, 2011 6:04:59 PM

Here is what I ended up going with. Decided to go with a build that will be used in the home office and light gaming. I gambled and took a couple chances that I might regret by going with a coolermaster psu and refurbished Hitachi HDD we will see in time. There is $40 in mail in rebate that will bring the price down some more.



NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146061
$39.99

ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131728
$59.99

XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

$119.99

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171031

$44.99

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103871

$99.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS

$20.99

Recertified: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.B HDT721064SLA360 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -

$69.99

Hanns·G HZ201DPB Black 20" WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
Item #: N82E16824254055

$89.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

$18.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

$99.99



Subtotal $664.90
Tax $0.00
UPS Guaranteed 3 Day $5.99
Order Total $670.89
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December 10, 2011 7:15:13 PM

Don't see why the Cooler Master power supply is seen as a negative. Used quite a few of them and they've always been rock solid for me in any builds I've done. I would suggest you upgrade the power supply before upgrading the video card later however.

Hitachi is kind of questionable for hard drives, but the fact that it's recertified may work in your favor as hopefully someone has tested it and made sure it's in good working condition.

I have a similar build to yours.

Athlon II x4 640
4gb ddr2
1tb hard drive
GTS 450 OC edition
5 year old AM2 board

I am personally hoping to upgrade shortly, still on Windows Vista, and want to move on to new board and ddr3 for future upgrades. But really for what it is, the PC does very well. I think you will be amazed. For the money you've got into it, it should be solid, and you probably will have the option of an FX chip later. If you want a decent game to try out try out Battlefield Bad Company 2.

http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/battlefield-bad-compan...

20 bucks and will push your build a little.

I had the same build but still had my old dual core and was getting lag and the video card getting bottlenecked by my old dual core. Once I dropped the 640 in, it smoothed right out.
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December 10, 2011 10:46:27 PM

^ The recent Cooler Masters are solid, the reason the old ones (Extreme, GX, etc) are seen as bad is because they use cheap capacitors resulting in shorter life and efficiency. The one OP bought isn't very good.

Not trying to undermine you, but if you went with the build I suggested before it would've been a better deal for the performance you get, but just saying.
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December 11, 2011 1:08:24 AM

Some of those deals are no longer available or in stock. For what I decided to do this system should be enough for now.
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December 11, 2011 4:52:49 AM

Yes, it will give a good platform to build on. What I would do later on as time passes, is to upgrade the CPU, and sell your old one online to recoup costs, and then later the video card, but the current card should hold you a year or two depending how heavily you use it.
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