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March 1, 2013 11:25:34 PM

Hi, I am building a custom AMD build for decent gaming performance. I have most of the parts picked out, but I need to know what motherboard I should pick out. The budget is 450 max.

Here are my parts.
Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also am I missing anything?

Right now I am looking at this AMD motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any advice would be great. I'm somewhat new to this.
March 2, 2013 12:45:42 AM

Everything seems good except for the psu. Any psu not 80+ certified is almost like a bomb, but you don't know when it's going to blow. Okay ? Good.

The mobo choice depends on what conectors you want on the motherboard and which kind of upgrades you want to be able to do in the future.

This is the cheapest Atx board : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It should be okay for your "cheap computer" project :p .


- The Brownie
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March 2, 2013 1:40:41 AM

The motherboard you linked is not compatible with the Processor. Phenom II X4 965 requires an AM3 (or AM3+) socket. I would suggest you get a socket AM3+ motherboard so that you can upgrade to an FX series processor if you need to. Also, there is no optical drive, however, you could do without that if you don't plan on installing the OS and any programs from a CD/DVD. I would suggest including one unless you can scavenge that from a previous computer.

Here's a build that would work for you.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.86 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($88.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $435.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 22:40 EST-0500)
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