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500 dollar build help

Last response: in Systems
February 4, 2013 5:14:35 PM

Is this solid for 500? Any room for improvement or way to cut a little cost without sacrificing any performance?

Will this run most games on medium settings in 720p Resolution?

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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $484.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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February 4, 2013 5:21:19 PM

That looks like a great budget build. The 7850 will probably max out games at 720p.

I recommend trying to get an extra $30 and get a 212 EVO cpu cooler. The stock cooler on the 965 is pretty loud.

If you get a cpu cooler, you need low profile RAM like this.

Other than that, you should be set.
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