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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: ( 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)
Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ Motherboard

ASUS ENGTX550 TI Graphics Card


PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Quad-Core Processor

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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

If gaming is your main priority then you want a better GPU than that.
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$

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

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
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.