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February 11, 2012 11:44:06 PM

Hello, I have been working on a budget build. It is around $800 before rebates. Please tell me if any parts are imcompatable. Also, is the Video Card overkill for the CPU? Thanks for your help in advance. I used a handy website called PC Part Picker to help with organizing and finding the best price.

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CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3GHz Triple-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar A880G+ Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDP118-08 DVD/CD Drive ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1688U/B Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.97 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $768.85

I will be ordering Monday or Tuesday, more likely the latter. I understand that the OS is technically only to be used by those that sell PC's, therefore I will be selling myself the PC for $1. Have a nice day Microsoft :kaola:  Anyway, on a more serious topic, please give your opinion about this build.

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February 12, 2012 12:02:45 AM

for $800 you can go Intel Sandy Bridge, much more powerful...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $60

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec BP550 Plus 550W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular: $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED: $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit: $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner: $16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB: $90 (1 hard drive go at least 'blue')

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX: $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz: $125

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333: $40

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB: $135

TOTAL: $806
February 12, 2012 12:36:53 AM

After inputing your suggestions I got $873.84 before rebates, including Mouse and Keyboard which you did not include, and $813.9 without the Mouse and Keyboard. If you can trim the post rebate price down to $800, I can do it!
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February 12, 2012 1:21:32 AM

I sliced it down to 4 Gigs of RAM, I'm going to keep the PSU. I feel dumb because I made a mistake and choose the 1 TB drive when I was calculating the price, instead of the 500 Gig you suggested. I have now recalculated, and the gross price stands at $836.84, and a very pleasing $801.84 after rebates. Also, back to one of my original questions, is the 6850 overkill for the i3? I also read some reviews, and they suggested that the stock fan is ineffective and loud, should I go for an aftermarket solution?
February 12, 2012 1:29:46 AM

Check out my $650 build in my signature. Just add some a mouse and such.
February 12, 2012 1:40:00 AM

ltdan said:
I sliced it down to 4 Gigs of RAM, I'm going to keep the PSU. I feel dumb because I made a mistake and choose the 1 TB drive when I was calculating the price, instead of the 500 Gig you suggested. I have now recalculated, and the gross price stands at $836.84, and a very pleasing $801.84 after rebates. Also, back to one of my original questions, is the 6850 overkill for the i3? I also read some reviews, and they suggested that the stock fan is ineffective and loud, should I go for an aftermarket solution?


nope, the 6850 is not over-kill for the i3... and you don't need an after-market cooler with no overclocking...
February 12, 2012 2:54:12 AM

samuelspark said:
Check out my $650 build in my signature. Just add some a mouse and such.

How does the 560 Ti compare to the 6850?
Also, would a i3-2120 be worth $5 for 300 more Mhz?
February 12, 2012 1:17:26 PM

6850 < 6870 / 560 < 6950 / 560Ti

(and i'd pay the extra $5 for 300 MHz)
February 12, 2012 3:37:58 PM

I'm going for the 2120! I will be sticking with the 6850, the 6870 would tack on $35 more. That may not seem like much, but $800 already has my wallet screeching at me. Also, I heard that Newegg charges sales tax and Amazon does not. Is this true?
February 12, 2012 3:46:40 PM

ltdan said:
I'm going for the 2120! I will be sticking with the 6850, the 6870 would tack on $35 more. That may not seem like much, but $800 already has my wallet screeching at me. Also, I heard that Newegg charges sales tax and Amazon does not. Is this true?


"Newegg charges the appropriate state and/or local sales tax for any order shipping to California, New Jersey, and Tennessee" quoted from:

http://www.newegg.com/HelpInfo/FAQDetail.aspx?Module=2

*Does Newegg charge sales tax?

February 12, 2012 4:21:43 PM

Amazon also charges a sales tax.
"Please be aware that purchases shipped to Tennessee may be subject to Tennessee Use Tax (T.C.A. § 67-6-210) unless an exemption exists under Tennessee law." I'll just stick with Newegg so I don't have to file that pesky paperwork.
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