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December 4, 2011 7:29:10 AM

Hey guys, I'm new to the PC building scene and would greatly appreciate some advice for my budget gaming PC. I don't want to purchase all these parts only to find out I could have gotten something better for cheaper, or, even worse, that my parts don't even work together. I plan to spend around 600 bucks or less, not including the OS and monitor.

Anyway, here's what I'm thinking:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 Zosma 3.0GHz

Motherboard: Really have no idea about this, preferably one in the 60-90 dollar range that supports core unlocking. If I could get some suggestions for the motherboard that would be great :) 

RAM: Thinking of this (8GB) Thoughts?

GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6850

Hard Drive: No idea on this either, any suggestions?

Case: Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid-Tower The buyer's guide on this site recommends it... that's all I know.

Power Supply: Also have no idea, looking for something in the 500-600W range from a good, reliable brand that will last long.

DVD Burner: Really not sure how much this matters, but for what it's worth, the buyer's guide recommends this one.

Cooling: Will I need any? If so, any recommendations?

So yeah, there's what I have so far. Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks in advance :) 

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December 4, 2011 7:43:14 AM

you will need a good psu of 600watt from seasonic or corsair or rosewill. Amd stock cpu coolers are good enough. If you plan for overclocking then get a coolermaster hyper 212 plus.
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December 4, 2011 8:09:10 AM

Here's my thoughts:
* Cpu is good for just about anything you want to do. It's priced pretty good and you could possibly get a 6 core CPU with unlocking :) 

* Case is good also. It comes w/3 Fans and the design is pretty good, especially for the $ :) 

* RAM is a bit spendy, so I'd recommend this set, it's $20 cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417] G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR

* Mobo I'd recommend for the minimum for these reasons:
AM3+, Core Unlocker, Turbo V, AI Suite, MemOK!
4 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 6 x SATA 3 (6 Gb/s), 4 RAM DIMM slots, etc.
ASUS M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

* PSU, I like this one below, because it has 2 x 6+2pin PCI-e power connectors (needed for higher end GPU's if you upgrade later), 80+ Bronze Certified (good efficiency), & has a 3 yr warranty.
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

* Currently HD's are way overpriced, so I'm going to recommend a HD to get you by until prices come back to normal levels (1 TB HD's were at about $50-70).
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

* DVD Burner will do just fine, but I'm going to recommend a different one. This one below comes w/the software to read/burn DVD's, so keep that in mind. The one you selected doesn't appear to come with that software.
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98B

* GPU will do fine. Newegg has same price (but has $7 shipping), but also comes w/free Dirt 3 game. Not sure if the Amazon one does or not. I'll link Newegg's below:
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Edit: If I did my math correctly, this all comes out to about $650. Now I could tweak the suggestions to get you closer to or at the $600 budget, if you like. I'm also assuming you have a keyboard and mouse, if not we'll have to fit that into the budget. The easiest way to do that is to lower the CPU to a PhII x2 and or drop the GPU down to a 6770 or something like that. We could even change the mobo to save more $.
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December 4, 2011 5:52:22 PM

TYVM lunyone, just what I was looking for. I think I'll wait a bit to buy my Hard Drive, they do seem really overpriced ATM. So I won't be needing any cooling? Also, any other suggestions on PSU? The Antec one you linked doesn't seem to have the best reviews...
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December 4, 2011 6:37:17 PM

Well you won't need extra cooling at the moment with 3 fans in the case. Most of your selections for parts won't be running too hot, so you won't need extra cooling at this time. If you find you are running hotter than expected, you can always get betting cooling later.

The PSU's reviews on Newegg aren't always the best for reviews. Here is a review of the PSU:
Antec HCG-620 High Current Gamer Series Power Supply Review

You can look at other reviews and draw your own conclusions, but it'll be up to you. I can recommend other PSU's too, so keep that in mind also. I've dealt with Antec directly with 2 older PSU's and I was VERY happy with their service. You can't say this will other manufacturers, so keep that in mind.
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December 4, 2011 6:46:50 PM

Alright, I'll buy the Antec then. Thanks for all your help :) 
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December 4, 2011 8:35:13 PM

Do you have a final build now? If so, what did you decide on?
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December 4, 2011 8:53:52 PM

CPU: Phenom II X4 Zosma 3.0GHz
Mobo: The Asus you suggested
RAM: The 8 GB Sniper you suggested
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6850
Hard Drive: Will decide later
Case: Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid-Tower
Power Supply: The Antec you suggested
DVD Burner: Lite-On iHas424 (similar price, more features)
Cooling: N/A

TOTAL (not including Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Hard Drive, possible cooling, and shipping) (including rebates): $537

EDIT: I see another version of my RAM that runs at 1600 instead of 1333 for a bit more $$. Should I buy it?
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December 4, 2011 9:29:06 PM

Personally I don't think you'll see a difference between 1600 mHz over the 1333 mHz. Just make sure it's running at stock voltage (1.5v), because if it's at 1.65v and at 1600 mHz it's just OC'd to get those speeds.
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December 4, 2011 9:36:53 PM

It says 1.5v for both.

One more thing - Is my CPU better than an fx-4100 Bulldozer CPU?
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December 4, 2011 9:44:38 PM

yes its better
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December 4, 2011 11:12:06 PM

Alright, so 1333 RAM it is then? (It's 13 bucks cheaper)
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December 5, 2011 1:00:05 AM

Anyone?
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December 5, 2011 1:07:15 AM

Sounds good to me! $ saved you can use on other parts or upgrades :) 
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December 5, 2011 1:08:21 AM

Cool! Alright, looks like I have my build pretty much finalized. Thanks for the help everybody!
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December 5, 2011 1:13:16 AM

Best answer selected by hayguise.
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December 5, 2011 4:38:56 AM

Well, looks like my question answered itself. The G.Skill Sniper 8 GB 1333 RAM sold out JUST as I was ordering, so I was forced to get the 1600.
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December 5, 2011 6:13:13 AM

Well your getting a good set no matter what, just have to spend a bit more than expected though :( 
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December 5, 2011 9:12:06 PM

Ehh, I suppose it's alright. For sure the 1600 Sniper RAM will work with my mobo though, right? Under Memory Standard, it says: DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 Hz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

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December 6, 2011 1:48:25 AM

You shouldn't have any issues with the RAM and the mobo. The standard speeds are up to 1333 mHz and if you want to OC them (or install faster RAM), the mobo will support up to DDR3 2000 mHz.
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