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Final gaming build ($600-$650), seeking advice

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April 9, 2012 5:34:41 AM

Finally I came to a conclusion with this build. I am going AMD for sure.

My only concern is if I should get a 64 to 128 ssd instead and try and and incorporate this old dell hard drive in the meantime. Also, I have a macbook pro that I keep most of my media and school programs on. I will be using this machine for gaming.

Is it worth it to get a SSD or should I stick with the 500gb hard drive?

Thanks guys.


Box 70
NZXT Guardian
http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Black-Steel-Chassis-921R...
Power Supply 60
Rosewill Green Series 630W
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: 125
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: 47
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Storage: 100
Western Digital 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 5:44:45 AM

You will be miserable with a 64GB drive; don't even bother. 128GB is better, but I still wouldn't like it if it were my machine. I'd see if you can get by with just a regular HDD until you can afford a bigger SSD.

Overall I'd say it's pretty good for a budget build, though if you can scrape up another $75 and move to an Intel Sandy Bridge build, maybe crossfire the graphics cards later, you'll end up with a way better machine in the long run.

By the way: pretty badass deal on Corsair power supplies for another day or so - 600W for $39.99 after rebates and promo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 9, 2012 5:49:29 AM

Thanks for the advice, also that is a great deal on the power supply.

I will probably stick with the 500gb hard drive like you said.

Would the switch to sandy brisge really be worth it?

I would need a different motherboard correct?
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April 9, 2012 6:13:40 AM

if you can squeeze in an i5 its would definitely be better than the phenom. i3 is dual core. More and more games are starting use more cores like battlefield 3 mutliplayer, diablo 3 and other newer games. So it depends on what games you play. But a phenom ii x4 965 is a nice little quad core cpu. you can overclock it too.

edit: also if youre going to spend $150 on a 6850, might as well get the 6870. Some are same price after rebates and the ones that arent are only about 10$ more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

comparison between the 6870 and 6850
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=539
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April 9, 2012 10:24:51 AM

Travishunt91 said:
Thanks for the advice, also that is a great deal on the power supply.

I will probably stick with the 500gb hard drive like you said.

Would the switch to sandy brisge really be worth it?

I would need a different motherboard correct?


Sandy bridge is nice, the best around, but no its not really *that much* better than a Phenom II. My significant other has an i5-2400 with a GTX 460 video card (older but surprisingly superior to my 550 ti) , in both our opinions, theres nothing his computer can do that mine cant.

Yes, you would need a different motherboard for a Sandy Bridge. If you want to spend the money, go with an i5, it would put you over your budget tho.

I agree with the capt'n.. a 64GB SSD is a joke. You'd end up using 20 of it just for windows. Then you figure some games take over 10GB a piece. Doesn't leave you much room for anything.
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