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Old 11-30-2009, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my build so far... Please rate and add any helpful tips that could improve my choices

** Case ** - $69.99
NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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** Mobo ** $79.99
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

** CPU ** + ** video card ** - $320.98
XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX
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** RAM ** - $94.99
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8
Newegg.com - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8 - Desktop Memory

** Power supply** - $49.99
BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
comes with a free card reader
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** Harddrive ** - $55.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

** disk drive ** - $26.99
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM -$26.99
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Comes to a grand total of $698.92 + $30 shipping = 728.92
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2 x 2GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR 240-Pin DDR3 1600mhz
G.Skill Sniper SSD 60gb x2 RAID 0
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: $600-750 gaming build

Problem there is that the 940 is an AM2+ cpu witch doesn't work with AM3 boards. You can use AM3 cpu's in AM2+ mobo's (givin a BIOS update if needed) but not the other way around. So you will either need to switch out the mobo/ram or the cpu. Whatever your budget is should determine the right path..

edit: Here for $20 more you get the 955 + XFX 4890:
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hmm thanks didn't catch that. I would like to go ddr3 though.
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Ok the DDR3 you picked out will work. AM3+DDR3 is correct.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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swapped out the phenom x4 for a phenom x3 720 black edition
and I added a windows 7 home oem

total was $802 with shipping ^^
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I don't know, I still think the BFG Tech is fine, but to each their own!
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Default Re: $600-750 gaming build

Because he only wants to spend about 50$ on the PSU it doesn't really matter.

but Ive never reccomended BFG to anyone, I like to stick to the more reputable cheapies like rosewill.
I always try to reccomend something cheaper or the same price than what they originally wanted..

If he wanted to spend a little more he could get something like thse:

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Default Re: $600-750 gaming build

I've seen the BFG Tech recommended more than a few times here on the board, but I hear you.

+1 to the OCZ ModXStream. Definitely worth the extra $10, new.puree. And it's modular...gotta love that.
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