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Building a computer for 550-570$ could I get some help?

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November 20, 2012 2:07:34 AM

BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (Newegg)

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

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100358VXL Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 (Newegg)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (Newegg)

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

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (Amazon)

GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black) (Amazon)

First build.
I need to buy Windows 7 so I have no wiggle room in terms of prices. I can't afford a bigger gpu, if I could I would, trust me.

Is a 500W psu enough for this?

Total: 571.68 from Newegg and Amazon
If you can build something better for 500-550 (wiggle room provided up to 25$) let me know.
November 20, 2012 2:35:56 AM

your build is pretty good already.
go for it. in future if you want more graphics power you could always add in.another 7770 provided your mobo is crossfire capable.
yes 500 watts is plenty for that also for 7770 xfire
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November 20, 2012 3:08:11 AM

I would swap out the case. Antec, NZXT, even the Rosewill Challenger / Redbone cases have great cooling options and are very good cases. Other than that, your build looks very good. Don't forget the aftermarket HSF such as the CoolerMaster Hyper 212
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November 20, 2012 3:20:45 AM

Drop the slow old AMD crap (and that 965 is discontinued anyway). I'd get an i3 3220 and a B75 mATX board. Rest is good.
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November 20, 2012 4:51:13 AM

Lmao. Ok NV88. Could you please ad illiterate Intel fanboy to your Sig? "Ignore the experienced members listen to the biased guy" lol

SeanB9, pretty good build. If I were you I would skimp to get a 7850 1GB IF you can. Maybe shop the sales this weekend.

I have a 3 year old Phenom II X2. unlocked to a quad at 3.7. With a 6979 no bottlenecks in BF3. very SLIGHTLY over your stock CPU and yours has more potential.

So what I am saying is the CPU can push your gpu at stock no problem. So you can upgrade the CPU cooler and overclock later. And you can run on a 4GB memory chip and get a second later as well. Those are two areas you could save now and still be good and put toward the gpu, then upgrade in a few months for a few bucks. I think it's worth it and the higher gpu would have a bigger performance difference anyway
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November 20, 2012 5:59:28 PM

unksol said:
Lmao. Ok NV88. Could you please ad illiterate Intel fanboy to your Sig? "Ignore the experienced members listen to the biased guy" lol

SeanB9, pretty good build. If I were you I would skimp to get a 7850 1GB IF you can. Maybe shop the sales this weekend.

I have a 3 year old Phenom II X2. unlocked to a quad at 3.7. With a 6979 no bottlenecks in BF3. very SLIGHTLY over your stock CPU and yours has more potential.

So what I am saying is the CPU can push your gpu at stock no problem. So you can upgrade the CPU cooler and overclock later. And you can run on a 4GB memory chip and get a second later as well. Those are two areas you could save now and still be good and put toward the gpu, then upgrade in a few months for a few bucks. I think it's worth it and the higher gpu would have a bigger performance difference anyway


You do have bottlenecks, you just have to buy an Intel setup to see how that old ass CPU is bottlenecking you. Do you get 60FPS consistently? AMD is rubbish and not worth buying currently. Go look at the hundreds of benchmarks and see.
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November 20, 2012 7:13:44 PM

NV88 said:
You do have bottlenecks, you just have to buy an Intel setup to see how that old ass CPU is bottlenecking you. Do you get 60FPS consistently? AMD is rubbish and not worth buying currently. Go look at the hundreds of benchmarks and see.


Considering that a 965 BE is on par with an i3-2120 (go look at hundreds of benchmarks) I would hardly call them "rubbish" or "old ass CPU".
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November 20, 2012 7:51:03 PM

dscudella said:
Considering that a 965 BE is on par with an i3-2120 (go look at hundreds of benchmarks) I would hardly call them "rubbish" or "old ass CPU".


That's Sandy Bridge, not Ivy. And the 965 is already discontinued. The i3 is the best choice.
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