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$650 Dollar build Advice

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July 8, 2012 5:59:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
ASAP as in within the next two days

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates
about 650 for the tower after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing)
newegg as it is the closest to me

Country: (e.g.: India) we need to know where these parts are being assembled
i am building it here in the U.S.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
amd as it is a better price point

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe
maybe, but in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe
probably not

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

Here are the exact parts i will use all linked to new egg sites. If anyone spots any problems, specifically compatibility issues i would be most appreciative. Im still very new at this so any and all advice is welcome. Thanks!

CPU: Phenom ii X4 965

Hard Drive: Momentus 500gb hybrid drive


Mobo: ECS A885A2

PSU: OCZ 600W power supply

Thanks again!
July 8, 2012 6:21:35 AM

oddly enough none of your links actually point me to the product page.

at any rate, you have gaming listed as one your priorities and yet i do not see a video card selected, did you forget to link one or are you going integrated?
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July 8, 2012 2:28:35 PM

I'm confused too. none of the links worked for me either. do you need an OS and monitor? you listed a 1920x1200 monitor do you already have this (hopefully, as you'll need a bigger budget if not)?
July 8, 2012 9:54:22 PM

I build the RIG around the x4 965BE, since you liked AMD. I used AM3+ MB (jsut in case AMD puts out a better gaming CPU) with SATA 6G and USB 3.0. instead of the AM3 Mb you had listed.

The case is just a place holder, its one I like to build with. feel free to chose one you like.
I only added 4gb of RAM as that is plenty to game on and more wasn't in the budget. I did make 1600Mhz ram though for future overclocking.
The GPU is a XFX HD 7850, I have the DD version and it rocks!
I replaced your PSU with a solid one that wasn't overkill and still fit the budget.
I left your choice of HDD in. You do know its a 2.5 inch drive right? It may help your boot times, I have the 750GB version in my netbook and it seems to be pretty quick booting.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Free shipping w/ promo code EMCNCNE35, ends 7/11

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146075

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157280

XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150617
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817256061
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231427

Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148591

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727
$671.92 + $20.80 Shipping -4.99 if purchased before 7/11 promo code on ASUS DVD.
$30 of MIR's

if you act before 7/11 the final price is $657.73
July 8, 2012 10:52:00 PM

wow... i can't believe i forgot to list the graphics card... I feel like an idiot now. The GPU is a nvidia GTX 480. Its listed as FERMI? Will this affect any system compatibility?

Also, i do need a screen and OS but those are not included in the $650 budget. $650 is for the tower only.

Again, apologies for the confusion, the error was mine.
July 9, 2012 2:27:27 AM

7850 is just as good as the 480 without the high power draw.

follow as jerreddredd said and you are golden
July 9, 2012 6:45:49 AM

You are much better off with the 7850, its a more modern GPU, uses less power and performs awesomely. your power bill will be less also, the GTX 480 is a beast on power and produces a large amount of heat.

if you still think the GTX 480 is for you, I would probably up the PSU to a 600W to be on the safe side if you start OCing the CPU or GPU in the future.. both the below are solid and stay in budget with the extra $20 (less) the 480 costs.

Corsair CX600
$10 off w/ promo code EMCNCNE23, ends 7/11

SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W
July 9, 2012 10:42:36 AM

id suggest a 700w if you go 480. i saw some one with a 920 at 4ghz + a 480 at stock clocks draw 600w from the wall during loads

with a 7850, you can live off 450w with 1 7850 and 650w for 2
July 9, 2012 5:13:31 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id suggest a 700w if you go 480. i saw some one with a 920 at 4ghz + a 480 at stock clocks draw 600w from the wall during loads

with a 7850, you can live off 450w with 1 7850 and 650w for 2

he should be fine on a solid 600W, but lets look at it...

THG reviewed it at 480w (total system load) and only 425w when running Metro 2033 and that was with i a 130w i7 980X OC.

the CX 600 has 480W on its 12v rail and the Silverstone has 504W
so he would be ok, but I think you may be right and it is pushing the PSU's to there limits and I usually spec at 80%

using the my 80% theory (max gaming shouldn't exceed 80% of the PSU Max) the 425w while running Metro being worst case. I would get a PSU that put about max 530w on the 12v rail (80% would be 424w or 44A) a 620-650W PSU

so the choices are:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 $85 + $20 MIR = $65
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W $90
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W / Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN (Need a power cable for these two) $70/$80
SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W $87
XFX Core Edition PRO650W $90 + $10 MIR = $80

so, IF you stick with the GTX 480 (a dinosaur) I would go with the TX650 PSU they are pretty solid and it still in budget.

I highly recommend the HD 7850 much less power, heat and better same or better gaming performance.