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April 7, 2012 7:09:24 AM

Revised from previous post

Let me know what you guys think, your advice is much appreciated!

I'm trying to get down to 600 dollars but as of now this will have to do. I like that in the future I can upgrade to am3+ in the future. It seems that LoL, WoW, and Diablo 3 should run fine with this.



Box 70
Antec three hundred illusion black steel atx mid
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply 70
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: 90
Asus M5A97 AM3+ AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: 140
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4Ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics card: 150
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: 60
G SKILL Sniper Series 2x4gb DDR3 1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Storage: 100
Western Digital 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 8, 2012 5:52:04 PM

Good build, you could go with an i3-2120 for that price, but i3 motherboards are hard to find. Also on Amazon there is a cheaper NZXT Source 220 w/ free delivery, it is better than that Antec, has better cable management, tool-less design, has a front USB 3 port too. Good choice on components overall.

You would be able to get an i3-2120 on Amazon for cheaper but then you have to consider spending a few dollars more for a good motherboard, but I would highly recommend it as you will get a lot better performance.
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April 8, 2012 6:34:23 PM

Cold_War said:
Good build, you could go with an i3-2120 for that price, but i3 motherboards are hard to find. Also on Amazon there is a cheaper NZXT Source 220 w/ free delivery, it is better than that Antec, has better cable management, tool-less design, has a front USB 3 port too. Good choice on components overall.

You would be able to get an i3-2120 on Amazon for cheaper but then you have to consider spending a few dollars more for a good motherboard, but I would highly recommend it as you will get a lot better performance.


They are not hard to find - the i3 uses the same LGA 1155 socket that the i5-2500K and i7-2600K use.

I'd suggest going with this setup:

- Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel BOXDH67DLCB3
- CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120
- RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz

That will run circles around any AMD 965 build any day of the week. I'd also suggest going with the Cooler Master HAF 912 as your case and then upgrading your GPU to the 6870.
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April 8, 2012 6:37:06 PM

^That, and if you can spring about $30 more for the GPU, a 6870.
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April 8, 2012 7:16:52 PM

^That's nice, but go with an i5-2500k and Extreme3 Gen3. It'll cost about $70 more, but SO MUCH MORE PERFORMANCE! If you factor in a CPU cooler (at about $25), it starts to get kind of expensive though. Also, there's a Corsair 600W Silver rated PSU at $50 after rebates: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's a great deal, above. I think an i5-2400 and a basic motherboard is best for your budget build, but if you raised it $100, you could overclock.
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April 8, 2012 7:19:19 PM

^ Depending on whether or not OP overclocks though. If he doesn't then it's not worth it, also if he doesn't Crossfire SLI then the Extreme3 is pointless.

Also, that CX600 isn't Silver rated, it's just 80+ rated.
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April 8, 2012 7:25:18 PM

Woops. I saw it and skipped over. You're right about all of that. Except even if he did Crossfire/SLI, the Extreme3 would be a bad idea because only two slots mean heat issues.

EDIT: Aaahhhh geez don't buy that PSU. I just looked at some of the reviews, and it's apparently really unreliable. Don't get it :non: 
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April 8, 2012 7:27:12 PM

Haha, well it's not the heat issue. More of the fact that the games OP plans on running the 6870 will be plenty sufficient even @ max settings by itself.
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April 8, 2012 10:43:31 PM

ddan49 said:
^That's nice, but go with an i5-2500k and Extreme3 Gen3. It'll cost about $70 more, but SO MUCH MORE PERFORMANCE! If you factor in a CPU cooler (at about $25), it starts to get kind of expensive though. Also, there's a Corsair 600W Silver rated PSU at $50 after rebates: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's a great deal, above. I think an i5-2400 and a basic motherboard is best for your budget build, but if you raised it $100, you could overclock.


That's not obtainable on a $700 budget. Good idea but can't be done on $700.
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April 9, 2012 5:37:32 PM

g-unit1111 said:
They are not hard to find - the i3 uses the same LGA 1155 socket that the i5-2500K and i7-2600K use.

I'd suggest going with this setup:

- Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel BOXDH67DLCB3
- CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120
- RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz

That will run circles around any AMD 965 build any day of the week. I'd also suggest going with the Cooler Master HAF 912 as your case and then upgrading your GPU to the 6870.


What I meant buy 'hard to find' is that I've seen that good Socket 1155 motherboards are generally more expensive than AMD boards, and to find one that fits in your budget may be a hassle.
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