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February 2, 2013 12:08:03 PM

rate these specs

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Monitor: HP LV1911 60Hz 18.5" Monitor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $795.65

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February 2, 2013 12:16:38 PM

Based on everything I've discovered while working on my build... I'd say intel is the way to go. Something like this.... maybe the veterans can say for sure, but for $40 more (or a couple dollars if microcenter is near)... seems to be more bang for your buck.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($161.98 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP LV1911 60Hz 18.5" Monitor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $802.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 09:15 EST-0500)
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February 2, 2013 1:38:07 PM

The Phenom II is old news. You want an i5 if at all possible as it will perform infinity times better. If you are trying to cut corners maybe go down to an AMD FX-6300, but honest an i5 will do you the best and give your system longevity. You will be able to use an i5 longer than a Phenom II, which has already been out for years. Don't buy into old tech when it comes to a new computer.

Eyeage it pretty dead on with his build. The power supply is a bit overkill, HOWEVER, for that price it's a great deal and you get a really solid PSU that will last you years and years through upgrades and builds. I bought a good PSU like 6 years ago and it's seen many of new components. I'd say the AMD 7850 is a decent gaming card, and definitly one of the best gangs for your buck. The 7870 in eyeage's build is a step up for only a few dollars more. I'd consider a GTX660 myself and is always what I shoot for at your price range. Though I'm bias towards Nvidia as of late, the AMD alternatives are just as good in that range.

I did see your original build had a 3TB drive. Is that necessary? You can save quite a bit by just getting a good 1TB drive. I love the Samsung F3 7200RPM drives. They are by far one of the most reliable and only slightly slower than a WD Black drive.

I would stay away from Lite-On optical drives, I've seen so many of these die on people. ASUS makes a good drive, or Samsung, or Sony, and a few others. Thought a DVD Burner really isn't a costly replacement if you had to do it.

BTW, what is with the super tiny LCD? I would suggest spending a small amount extra to get a 22 or 23" display. ASUS makes a good display at a decent price. Newegg ALWAYS has deals on these with instant savings and codes and MIR's. Here is a 23" with all 3.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 2, 2013 1:50:05 PM

Here is my suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ230ED 23.0" Monitor ($122.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $796.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 10:49 EST-0500)
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February 3, 2013 12:52:59 PM

Looks good. The only thing with this build is the monitor is extremely small. You could get this one.

Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)

It will be easier on your eyes.
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February 3, 2013 1:51:11 PM

I'd look a bit more into the gpu you have in that build as well.
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