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April 17, 2012 4:31:13 AM

Hi Tom members,

I have a friend who is really set for making his own computer and he has come to me to for some general help. I haven't looked at computers in a few months now and I am hesitant to offer advice. So I have come here to ask the experts for help.

He tells me he has a brand new AMD Phenom II X4 965 and wishes to use this in the build.

I asked him a few basic questions and filled out the standard form below.

Approximate purchase date: 5 days from today's date

Budget Range: I would like to spend $600 max. Can stretch it to $700.00 if need be but want it $600.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

Video games that are to be played: Diablo 3 and Counterstrike Source, Battlefield 2 & 3.
Have the ability to play any high intense graphic games that may come out in the future.
Internet browsing/emailing


Parts Not Required:

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Operating System (Windows 7 64 Bit Edition)
Keyboard
Mouse
Monitor

Parts Required:

Motherboard
RAM
Harddisk Drive (solid state or regular hdd?)
Video Card
Power Supply
Heatsink (not overclocking but may later on)
Computer Case
CD/DVD Burner
Thermal Paste

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com

Country: USA - Las Vegas

Parts Preferences: Best parts I can get for the buck that gives me the best performance for now and the future.

Overclocking: Maybe later on but not now.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I am concerned about the temperature where I live as in Las Vegas things can get a bit hot. Noise level is a concerns as well and I would like a quiet pc that provides good cooling. I would also like the computer at least a bit future proof. Basically I would like to get a nice 3 years out of it before considering any upgrades or replacements.


If someone can suggest a really good motherboard for an AMD 965 Phenom I think the rest will fall into place.
April 17, 2012 4:35:04 AM

any asrock or asus mobo would be good. i suggest the amd radeon hd 6850 and 8 gb of g skill ripjaws ram. corsair or thermaltake power supply.
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April 17, 2012 4:41:13 AM

$610 solely at newegg:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.08 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $578.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-17 00:40 EDT-0400)
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April 17, 2012 6:49:54 AM

This was another build I got from another person who went on newegg.com and sent me a screenshot list of the items.

http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3125/newkl.png

Just wanted some opinions on this one and the one james posted.

Also James the other problem is that the price you gave me doesn't include the AMD 965 BE which is $119.99. If I add that in the total is about $697.00. This makes the system also out of budget.


Which is the better build?

Anyone else have any other suggestions?
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April 17, 2012 1:35:44 PM

going to cook up in newegg now I'll try to find your bang for buck (for your friend) and hopefully he would be happy with it/
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April 17, 2012 2:03:04 PM

Here's the build, I went to my friend to pick up some parts for his new amd system, wouldn't mind posting a pic about it. everything is similar except for some parts were not available and it's working well with great fps on bf3 and mass effect 3 and even scII

Processor:

Motherboard: 66.99$ (since you said you won't crossfire so I picked a single 2.0 16x mobo well sadly my friend doesn't have this he had the icafe one if I recall right)
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: 34.99$>29.99$ after rebate (We didn't get this as it wasn't available earlier)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 44.99$ (lol we didn't have enough cash for this so we went with a team elite 2x2gb as we noticed we only got a few bucks left for a cab)
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: 149.99$>134.99$ after rebate (Sadly we get no free dirt game with that and this is good even for 1080 but not on ultra high setting at bf3 at least if your expecting 60fps minimum and I was playing bf3 earlier on his rig game play was awesome)
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk Drive: 79.99$ (this is not available in our local store so we bought the 300gb of wd caviar blue)
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Disk Drive: 17.99$ (We got the samsung one an IDE and salvaged it as many asrock mobo still has IDE and I believe also on some Z77 mobo or was it Z68
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: 59.99$>49.99$ (I was sad because he went with Hec Raptor II 500W when clearly the corsair one was a better built but more expensive)
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: 49.99$ (My friend has the black one)
NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Paste: 9.99$
ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Cooling MX-4 AC-MX4 4 gram (g) All-Around Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Overall this build would cost you

514.91$ before rebate
484.91$ after rebate
(not including shipping or the like)

but my friend cost him 26500php =616.27$ usd since it's more expensive here and most of those we got in discount and we salvaged a IDE optical disk drive.

I may point out some things.

1- the case is great you can easily mod it but you might want to add extra fans in the future as if it's the same here going at 30c (at home and that's his room temp) it get's quite hot so it's advisable based on my experience to add at least one 120mm or 140mm fan but I do advise two 120 fans on top(not sure if it fits two 140mm) and one 120mm at the bottom and one 140mm at the side.

and Yes you can choose another case as you got 600$ USD budget right? and even going for 700$USD if needed.

Oh yes almost forgot you can even go for the sapphire HD 6870 for better performance with the extra dollars. @179.99$>169.99$ after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

oh and I forgot to include my friend used a AMD Phenom II 960T almost forgot since you said no processor needed as he already has them. and well it performed well but on his icafe mobo (it's a Matx mobo) one of those older ones and he plan to upgrade to some fatality or those extreme asrock versions of am3+ for crossfire. his unlock didn't work ahahaha his mobo didn't support it.

If your wondering performance I could message my friend in FB and ask him to take some pic of his rig inside and outside and maybe a gaming performance of BF3 but that would be like tomorrow or something as it's 10:02pm right now.
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April 17, 2012 2:06:25 PM

oh note to you if you remove the GPU on my build list and add in a Sapphire HD 7850 2gb gpu at 249.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this would be the total amount

614.91$ before rebate
599.91$ after rebate
btw I didn't include any shipping fees with this. also included here is a thermal paste
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April 17, 2012 3:10:24 PM

if he wants to last he needs better.

990FX Motherboard, for those Stable overclocks in the future:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Harddisk Drive (solid state or regular hdd?): Unless hes benchmarking everyday to be the latest 3d mark 11 score. he just needs a regular HDD. But speed is a nice thing to have so, ill bundle it for you: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Heatsink (not overclocking but may later on): If hes gonna overclock later, then save up cash and buy a after market cooler later.
Computer Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CD/DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thermal Paste: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes to a total of 680.92$

Now you may take my build, you may not like it. But Thats what i spent my time putting together. What i did there is thought ahead and got his some badass parts for low price so when he decides to boost his system later on he can. I kinda cheaped out on the Graphics card but it was so i can afford the Power Supply.
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April 17, 2012 3:40:50 PM

actually any of the build we all posted should blast his friends with amazing performance seeing as his friends came from a lower and older end pc.

any of the build last long, doesn't matter whichever his friend gets, a 7xx/8xx/9xx mobo depends on what he will use those for, IMO I would actually recommend the awesome crosshair V formula but that would take butt loads off his friends pocket (I have that mobo on many of my system and many other system I've build and it's awesome never even had any problem with it. and so are my customers)
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April 17, 2012 3:46:59 PM

Yea i personally would have recommended the Sabertooth like i use but.... that extra 60$ spent could have been spent on other misc parts
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April 24, 2012 3:40:50 AM

get an intel pentium g620, 1 gb of pareema ram, a 60 gb hdd, and use integrated graphics
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April 24, 2012 5:41:36 AM

James McKeane said:
$610 solely at newegg:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.08 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $578.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-17 00:40 EDT-0400)



Excellent , and very powerful gaming build that kicks sand in the puny faces of the other suggestions in this thread
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