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March 10, 2012 7:59:11 PM

Hey guys, I was just about to put together my first computer and I wanted to make sure I wasn't screwing something major up before I ordered parts.

I was looking at a basic gaming rig <$1000. Not particularly interested in overclocking or crossfire. Here are some tentative parts that I've picked out:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz Triple-Core Processor ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint M8 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($116.28 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($296.79 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Apex 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($23.63 @ Compuvest)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard ($23.98 @ Amazon)

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March 11, 2012 5:23:52 AM

That power supply is verry weak. In that budget you can buy much better and more performant.
March 11, 2012 5:46:12 AM

In the same price range take a look at this build. 560Ti is equal in performance with 6950.
MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W 80+ BRONZE MODULAR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
KEYBOARD : Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOUSE : Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $990.90 and 951$ after rebates + 10$ coupon from Newegg + MSI Gift - NBA2K11 PC GAME + Logitech Gift - Rift Ashes of History Edition
If you want to lower the price change the CPU with i5 2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO : ASRock H61M-GE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With these modifications you can go under 900$ , and you can buy in the same budget a SSD for OS Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 60GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 80$
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