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PSU and cost cutting advice on Budget Build

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April 21, 2012 5:17:37 PM

I need some advice on what PSU to get and also if I can swap any other parts out for cheaper but not sacrificing performance. Also point out any compatibility issues with hardware I have picked you guys might see. This is a very budgeted build which is why I chose amd, but also want to upgrade amd cpu when next set comes out.


Approximate Purchase Date: at least 2 weeks, and at most a month.

Budget Range: Max $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, School Work, Surfing Internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, HDD, CD/DVD drive, monitor)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com and whatever else is cheaper after taxes and shipping)

Country: (United States)

Parts Preferences: (AMD CPU, Nvidia GPU )

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later on

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: (I want to stay with the CPU I've chosen and work around it. Also I would like to stay with case)
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Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS ENGTX550 TI Graphics Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

KINGWIN ABT-750MM 750W ATX 12V v2.2 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 21, 2012 9:20:46 PM

I would avoid that PSU as it has a voltage selector switch which means that it doesn't have APFC, which means that it is a very old and/or a very low end design.

Combo with Rosewill Blackhawk ($90) & Rosewill Hive 650W ($80) combo price: $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

If gaming is your main priority then you want a better GPU than that.
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April 21, 2012 9:30:03 PM

combos if you live in the U.S, can cut between 10-50$

Heres the combo deal for your mobo+apu=saves 15$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

the fx-4170 currently has a 10$ promo code EMCNFJA24

the sapphire 6850 150$ has a 10% promo code HARDOCPX418G bringing it down to 135$, which is similarly priced with the 550 ti. the comparison between the two cards are seen here

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=539

which that little bit is probably worth the save. ALSO the sapphire 6850 has combo deals with ram, sadly none with g.skill though

this 6850 + ram combo is good

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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April 21, 2012 10:48:11 PM

Did not realize you could save so much with the combos, will be looking at that more often, thanks to both of you. Also I put the 550 ti in there to just hold me over for a little bit until I can get the money later to upgrade to a better graphics card, plus its $109.99 with rebate. I'm upgrading from a 9500GT so I will see some performance boost.
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