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February 3, 2012 10:25:16 PM

I just wanted to post this and see if everything is compatible and worth the buck thanks :D ...Also if any of you have had any trouble getting rebates through any of these manufacturers would be helpful too.
* I have read the reviews on newegg*


LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
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$17.99
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RAIDMAX Blackstorm ATX-615WW White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811156250
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-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate


$69.99
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148701
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$94.99
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Acer S200HLAbd Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824009317
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-$50.00 Instant


$89.99
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ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131657
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$79.99
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GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125410
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$119.99
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OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341048
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$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$89.99
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Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $20.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001
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AMD Athlon II X4 631 Propus 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop Processor AD631XWNGXBOX
Item #: N82E16819103945
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$84.99
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
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$99.99
Subtotal: $747.91
February 3, 2012 10:45:56 PM

Hi there! Welcome to the forums.
-First things first, your CPU is FM1 and your mobo is AM3. Those will not work together.
Second, I would check out an Intel G860 as opposed to an AMD build. According to tom's* the Pentium G860 performs a fair bit better than any of the athlon's for less money. I've made a build with this in mind below.

CPU: Intel G860 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: Asrock H67 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: Patriot 2x4GB 1600MHz $42
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: AMD 6870 1GB $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair CX 430 V2 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Toss in your selected case, you're good to go!

* Tom's Hardware: Picking A Sub-$200 Gaming CPU: FX, An APU, Or A Pentium?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
February 3, 2012 10:47:32 PM

You are missing RAM , and there are a couple of odd selections IMO.

The case is white , but the dvd drive is black . There should be beige or silver dvd drives available that would look better .

The power supply is expensive and more powerful than you need too

And the motherboard cant run future processors from AMD so it may be worth spending a little more on an AM3+ motherboard

Consider this case + PSU combo for $70 . Its discounted because they have just updated the case , but this is an excellent deal and the case cools really well
Antec Three Hundred + BP430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And the color would match your monitor

CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This mb is fully AM3+
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The savings on the case/psu should let you get either a Phenom 960t or FX 4100 processor
[ well spotted that it was fm1 Striker]
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February 3, 2012 11:57:47 PM

Thanks for the replies definitely helps I will post my new build just to get a heads up that its compatible because for some reason I always miss something. Thanks again
February 4, 2012 12:08:14 AM

Also on the power supply being 650w I dont want to have to upgrade to a bigger psu later on
February 4, 2012 12:19:25 AM

chosen12k6 said:
Also on the power supply being 650w I dont want to have to upgrade to a bigger psu later on

Why would you need to upgrade?
February 4, 2012 1:00:33 AM

adding surrond sound possibly, additional monitor, sound card etc possiblities
February 4, 2012 1:01:19 AM

also for $100 for the intel g860 should i just spend a little more and get the i3
February 4, 2012 1:04:55 AM

None of those things draw on the PSU. The sound card might pull a watt or two, not enough to matter.

If you'd like. It's $25 more but you get a decent amount more performance.
February 4, 2012 2:12:44 AM

The thing about the i3 is that the phenom 955 spanked it in last years $500 system builder marathons everywhere but gaming . In games it needed a bit of OCing on the stock cooler and then the phenom was a stronger cpu there as well .

The 960T I mentioned in my first post is the same architecture as the phenom and should OC to a higher level than a phenom X4 meaning it to will spank the i3 too.
It might even unlock to be a 6 core processor

And you'd have a system you could upgrade
February 4, 2012 2:21:10 AM

^Very true. All depends on what the OP plans to do with the system.
February 4, 2012 2:52:43 AM

changed my build completely tell me what you think and im not familiar at the moment with OCing better yet all i know is to go into the bios head to the correct option and change the numerical variables other than that i dont know anything else... for now i will probly update to the i5 2400 since it is only 20 bucks more than the i3 will post my new build in a moment
February 4, 2012 3:28:31 AM

Here is my new build little bit cheaper price wise but gets the job done

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February 4, 2012 3:45:20 AM

I wouldn't suggest going that route. The 6870 is Substantially better than the 6770. I would'nt recommend going with that.
February 4, 2012 4:54:14 AM

ok hopefully its in my price range thanks again man for the help
February 4, 2012 5:07:58 AM

Striker is the grouping not good or just the graph card also im trying to stay within a certain budget thanks again
February 4, 2012 5:24:49 AM

I would not go with the fx-4100 >_< The fx chips really are not performing up to what they should have. I'd listen to Outlander_04 and get the 960T over that one you'd have a much better build that way.
February 4, 2012 11:44:17 AM

^second, the 960t would be much better for you than a 4100
February 4, 2012 1:49:54 PM

Hopefully this one gets the approval so that i can buy, checking for compatiblity and best bang for my dollar, gpu i cannot change because its and extra 10 bucks and my wife wont allow it :D  Thanks again
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February 4, 2012 6:14:49 PM

It'll do. I would really, really advise trying to get at least the 6850. If you can't, maybe drop to a tri-core. I really would suggest getting at least a 6850.
February 4, 2012 7:44:53 PM

hey striker last night i switched it to a 550ti that better than the 6770
February 4, 2012 7:51:20 PM

better than the 6770, but still not as good as the 6850
February 4, 2012 8:19:31 PM

will the upgrade in gpu card run on a 430w psu about to buy quick answer will be apprecitated :D 
February 4, 2012 8:20:27 PM

also i just need to card to run ToR and skyrim on medium to high settings with no lag
February 4, 2012 11:21:47 PM

If you want medium-high, spend the extra 10 bucks and get the 6850
February 5, 2012 12:21:52 AM

well i went with the 550ti found out it can run tor on ultra i happy thanks tho
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