AMD $650 Build Help

I am new to this site and am building my first computer in the next couple weeks. Had to keep it under 800 and I have to buy Windows. Just wondering if this build is good or a dud? Let me know what you think. Thanks!!

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid TowerHDD:

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

MoBo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner
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  1. By far Intel would be the better route. Check out my $650 build here:
    Here's the 965 vs the i5 2400
    Keep in mind the i5 3450 I suggest is slightly better than the i5 2400.

    Also I would try and at least get the 7850 since you're under your budget still and the 7850 is only "slightly" more for a lot more performance increase.
  2. I built your $650 build and with an optical drive and windows 7 it came out to $803 where as my AMD build was $740. I was skeptical at first but what's $60 bucks when the benchmark proves it all. I believe I am going to go with the Intel. Thanks!!

    Edit: by the way, i used the 6870 to hit the $803 mark. Will that set-up still run most games on high to ultra?
  3. man, i cant believe you are really going to buy windows....

    wel your build is nice.
  4. I hate thiefs, cant really get around on Linux and already have a Mac.
  5. Wait really?
    I built the build through Newegg, not actually buying the parts but added them all to the cart. The price ends up only being the price I say total...

    Windows would bring it to about $762. The drive brings it to $782 at most... I'm not sure where you're getting the price hike.

    And yes, the CPU, though not usually the biggest factor in frames, benches just show that Intel SB/IB chips are much better in gaming getting way more frames depending on the game.
  6. I redid the numbers and The 6870 is 159.99 after instant savings and a $10 mail in rebate card. So final price is $793. Only $10 over your spec'd price.
  7. Ahh you're right I was wrong. Didn't realize RAM prices had risen a bit.
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