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December 28, 2011 1:47:29 AM

My friend wants to build a computer and he has a little under $600 to spend. He does not need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or OS.

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December 28, 2011 3:17:29 AM

Theres a thread at the top of the forum about how to ask for advice

or just read the $600 system builder marathon on the Toms home page
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December 28, 2011 3:29:28 AM

If you've read the past posts, you'll realize that a majority is for gaming builds, so that is what I'm going to be "building" for you. To help you better, please fill this form out:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...


CPU: AMD FX-4100 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: Gigabyte gtx 560ti $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W $58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: NZXT Gamma $40
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...

HDD: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Team Elite 8GB Memory Model TED38192M1333HC9DC $32

Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0

DVD-ROM: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $616

There are some rebates that should bring the overall price down to around $600.


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December 28, 2011 3:47:06 AM

Isn't the 955 pretty firmly better?
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December 28, 2011 3:43:17 PM

Ah, OK. I did a little googling, but I guess I didn't google hard enough. FX sounds like the way to go.
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December 28, 2011 4:01:45 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
You don't want to be overclocking the FX too much unless you somehow own a nuclear power plant...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bulldozer-efficienc...


yes the FX is not that power efficient , but the 4100 is acceptable . The difference is about the same as the cost of running a light bulb . A small light bulb .

And interestingly according to Anandtech the Opteron editions of BD handle more threads and do more work for less power than the Xeons .
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December 28, 2011 4:17:13 PM

either way, the FX is the way to go if you have a small budget.
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