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June 2, 2012 5:34:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date (this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range.: $400-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important:( e.g.: school, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies,learning to do programing,i also own and run my own internet business so i do some web editing )

Parts Not Required( keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts( newegg.com, amazon.com)

Country (usa)

Preferences:by brand or type ( I would like to use an AMD CPU & MSI mobo and other than that whatever is best)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution(e.g.: 1920x1080 is current settings)

Additional Comments:( e.g.: going to use and older hp case so best perfomance and quality parts )

here is what i have so far feel free to change and recomend diff parts just want to make sure all is compatible




MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0073JYZ48/ref=ox_sc_a...


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SRQ214/ref=ox_sc_a...


Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 -
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_a...


Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...


Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

thanks for any and all help :) 
June 2, 2012 6:47:41 PM

You neglected to add a video card, which is required to actually connect a monitor to the computer. If you want to play games on the computer at 1080p, you'll need to spend at least $150 on a video card.
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June 2, 2012 7:01:14 PM

The AMD Radeon HD 7770 at $130 currently has the best performance to cost value right now compared to other video cards. Do you already have a case and power supply?
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June 2, 2012 7:04:37 PM

He mentioned that he was going to be using an HP case, but in my experience, you frequently can't install standard ATX motherboards in them. Also, the PSUs that come with pre-built computers are usually garbage, capable of running only the hardware that was already in the computer and nothing more.

Personally, I think he's got somewhat unrealistic expectations of cost. He needs a minimum of $180-200 more in hardware over what he's already picked, probably another $50 on top of that for a case.
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June 2, 2012 7:11:31 PM

For the full $600 it should be possible to build a decent system.
Recent testing and articles (you can find them on Tom's) have shown that there is no longer any price point where Intel does not outperform AMD. Disclaimer: I'm not an Intel fanboy, in fact over the last few years I've built almost all AMD systems. I just don't know when I'd build another one.
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June 2, 2012 7:14:34 PM

ok ok so with what i have selected already what all would you add or change to complete the build? im very new at this please forgive me
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June 2, 2012 7:32:48 PM

If your stuck on MSI your choices of mobo and CPU are good. I just recently did a build for a client in the $600 range and here is what I purchased for him

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 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...
$159.99 (after rebate)

COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99 (after rebate)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$74.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99
(you can stick with your choice from Amazon to shave a few dollars, but these are faster @ 2133 vs. 1600)

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SRQ214/ref=ox_sc_a...
$109.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$17.99

I purchased these items as a bundle...
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$119.99 (after rebate)

but since you are partial to MSI....
The mobo you picked will work as well
MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0073JYZ48/ref=ox_sc_a...
$89.99

and then go with this PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99 (after rebate)


Total for my build last week: $587.93

If you are going to use your old HP case, the RAM you selected, and the MSI mobo, your price with your selected parts: $550.93

Cheers!
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June 2, 2012 7:41:21 PM

Ok here's a build. There's nothing here I wouldn't buy myself, and some I have:

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5000AAKX
Item #:N82E16822136769
$84.99 -$10.00 Instant $74.99
I've used a number of the WD Blue drives. Nothing remarkable, but they've been reasonably quiet, and performance is decent. Stay away from the slower "green" or LP drives.

HIS H675F1GD Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:H675F1GD
Item #:N82E16814161379
$99.99 $99.99
If you don't need an O/S, this is the first thing to increase, for better game performance. For the price though, this card should do pretty well. A HD7770 or HD6850 would be worthwhile improvements for another $30-$40.

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
Model #:BX80623I32120
Item #:N82E16819115077
$124.99 -$10.00 Instant $114.99
Will match or beat any current AMD CPU in games.

Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:R218-P-BK
Item #:N82E16811147073
$29.99 $29.99
I've built in this case, and it's not bad for being a cheap case. The fan is quiet, and moves a decent amount of air.

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:H61M/U3S3
Item #:N82E16813157236
$74.99 -$8.00 Instant $66.99
Has modern interfaces like USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. I trust ASRock for mobos far more than I trust MSI.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
Model #:EA-380D Green
Item #:N82E16817371033
$59.99 -$15.00 Instant $44.99
Has been my "goto" PSU in budget builds for years. Efficient, quiet, and reliable. There's a 430W Corsair available for a little less right now (if you play the rebate game and win), but this is a higher quality unit. The CM you listed in your last post, btw, is near junk; read the review of it at HardwareSecrets.

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Model #:F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Item #:N82E16820231394
$22.99 $22.99
G.Skill has become my first choice for RAM because I've never had to return any; it just works.

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
Model #:AD-7280S-0B
Item #:N82E16827118067
$17.99 $17.99
One optical drive is much like another. You'll spend another few $$ if you want Lightscribe.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:GFC-02050
Item #:N82E16832116986
$99.99 $99.99
If you already have a [legal] copy of Windows, I'd add a chunk of this to the video card (HD7770 or HD6850) and perhaps a slightly nicer case.

Subtotal: $572.91
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June 2, 2012 8:15:08 PM

well i orderd my stuff thnx for the help ill post how the build goes :hello: 
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June 2, 2012 11:17:02 PM

What did you get?
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June 6, 2012 8:38:30 PM


MSI ATI Radeon HD6670 1 GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card R6670-MD1GD5 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004X6AOVM/ref=oh_deta...

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600

MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)


Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX


Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)


i spent about 653 total
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June 6, 2012 8:40:05 PM

Best answer selected by tacticaljesse.
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