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Old 08-28-2011, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my first build! Not intended for gaming; however, it could be a possibility. Will be used mainly for engineering software, online poker, and browsing the internet. I'm looking it to be as fast as possible. Please let me know if everything is compatible and also please give suggestions if there are better parts for the price out there.. Budget is around $550 (w/o keyboard, mouse, monitor)

Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Asus M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s
Newegg.com - ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Antec NEO ECO 620c 620W Continuos Power
Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

AMD Phenom ll X4 965 Black Edition
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G. Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB) 240-pin SDRAM DDR3 1333
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Graphics Card:
R6790-2PM2D1GD5 Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Newegg.com - MSI R6790-2PM2D1GD5 Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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Get the XFX. Life warranty.

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Default Re: Low budget AMD build - help!

I agree with MoM on the XFX 6770, even cuts down on the price a bit.

If you were still under budget with that MSI at $150, then you could certainly afford to upgrade the graphics a bit.
MSI Hawk GTX 460 $125 with rebate.
XFX HD 6850 $130 with rebate.
Granted, you will be paying more up front before the rebate, so up to you if its worth it.
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