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January 30, 2012 1:23:47 AM

Hello i got some help getting this setup from another forum and was wanting more input on it. It sounds awesome for my budget (approx 600). So anyways what do you think? How powerful should it be. Will i be able to play stuff like skyrim and GW2 with ease etc etc. I'm new at this and just wanting to be 100% sure before i commit to buying this

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 4GB)

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970

NZXT GAMMA Classic Case

Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200RPM

XFX Pro Series 450W PSU

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

XFX 6870

Approximate Purchase Date: Approx 1-3 months from now

Budget Range: (e.g.: 550-650) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: W/e has best bang for the buck

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024,

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January 30, 2012 1:26:32 AM

For a budget build that is pretty good actually, and you are very wise for choosing the X4 over the FX-4100 due to all the problems it's been having. But the PSU is a bit underpowered for the 6870, you need minimum a 550W.

NZXT cases are really good but more of the higher end models are. You might want to take a look at something like the Cooler Master HAF 912.
January 30, 2012 1:28:40 AM

K thanks for the reply! so what brand has a good cheap 550 psu?
January 30, 2012 1:51:51 AM

paulhaley2000 said:
K thanks for the reply! so what brand has a good cheap 550 psu?

XFX, Corsair, and Antec are all solid choices. Seasonic would be the best but they're quite a bit more.