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$600 build -- Is it worth it?

Last response: in Systems
May 20, 2012 5:04:04 AM

Does this computer sound worth it? It's for sale and I'm wondering if I should buy it or not.

Case: HAF 912
CPU: AMD Phenom II 960T Black Edition -- unlocked to 6 cores @3.6Ghz
CPU cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU cooler
Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard
GPU: 1GB Nvidea GeForce GTX 460
RAM: 8GB GSkills Extreme DDR3 Memory
HDD: Seagate 1.5TB HDD
DVD/CD-R: Asus 24x Dual Layer Super Muti DVD/CD-RW Burner
PSU: Delta 700W

= $600

And then I also want the Wireless Type "N" Wifi card which would add $25.

All equaling out to $625.

What do you guys think? Worth the money or should I just go and build my own computer? Thanks!

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May 20, 2012 5:10:52 AM

There was also another one I was looking at too which cost $500. Haha. Oops. Maybe I should have titled it which computer sounds better.

Case: HAF 932
CPU: Intel Quad Core Q9450
RAM: 8GB OCZ Reaper
Motherboard: Asus P5K-V
GPU: Nvidia GTX 465
PSU: CoolerMaster 550W

May 20, 2012 7:53:48 AM

The first build of 960T and GTX 460 is better than the second one . Go with the first one.
However if you want a better CPU & GPU , provided you want to sacrifice storage capacity, then here's a build suggestion :
Have a look at the relative performance between Phenom 960T & i5-2400
Relative performance between GTX460 and Radeon 6870

CPU & HDD: $247- i5-2400 & WD Cavier Blue 500GB

Motherboard & RAM: $94- Gigabyte H61 & Corsair 8GB

PSU & Optical Drive: $53- CM GX450 & Asus

GPU: $170- Sapphire Radeon 6870

Case: $30- Apex TX381

Total(Excluding Rebate): 594 USD

Rebates: $20

However if you do not want to build a computer go with the first one . It should provide good performance.
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May 20, 2012 9:44:53 AM

We always vote for build your own here. Its not that hard, and is emotionally satisfying!

In response to your Q - First one is much better since the Core 2 Quad is a long since retired intel processor (its from before they started calling them i3,i5,i7) ,

HOWEVER -- the most important question when buying anything used is --do you trust this person, is there a return or warranty available?
May 20, 2012 7:45:21 PM

Neither is worth considering . The intel socket 775 is completely discontinued , and the AMD build uses AM3 components so future upgrades are not possible .
An AM3+ build is the way to go .

FX 4100 $100
Mb with a 970 series chipset $ 85
2 x2 gig of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM running at 1.5 volts $30
Radeon 6870 $150
HAF 912 $60
DVD $19
500 gig hard drive $75

500 watt psu $ 60


Much better gamer
May 20, 2012 10:05:11 PM

heres a better build Intel Core i5-2400 3.10 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor

GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache

Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive

NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case

Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-430CXV2

Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit

for a little cheaper