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Hi all, I'm building a rig for one of my friends, sadly he decided to be a dentist in his life and he spent thousands of dollars on equipment to practice his job; hence he's short of cash for the rest.

Budget is 500$

In 6-8months he will have more money to upgrade, about 300$.

For now I've figured out:

8GB of RAM PGV38G1333ELK for 65$
500W PSU I already have for 27$
Phenom II 955 for 100$
MSI 870-G45 mobo for 50$

Video card I was thinking about a 5770 for 80$.

Case may be an Antec 900 that I'd get from a friend who's looking for something super silent. He doesn't know for how much he should sell it also.

Hard drive/DVD are already in stock

Any comments/ideas?

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You should get different RAM. That is rated 1333 CL9 1.65V which is very bad... you can get this kit, about the same price (not counting the rebate), much better choice

Pairing the 955 with that board is something I also recommend you stay away from. It is known for failures on 125W processors due to VRM design. You should either spend more on the motherboard or get a 95W processor and avoid OC. At minimum, take a 4+1 phase that has decent quality and heatsinks. The [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042PE6EK"]ASRock 870 iCafe[/ame] is the closest I can find for the price. If you can take an extra $10, take an [ame="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198"]ASRock 870 Extreme3[/ame]; CrossfireX as well as AM3+ socket (apparently I have heard that Newegg is shipping the AM3+ variant on this SKU)

Concerning the build budget, is the $500 just for the entire build minus: OS, DVD drive, HDD, and of course counting the cost of the case (which is how much?)
Edited by xd_1771 - 6/1/11 at 8:07pm
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Yes.
I found most of the deals of NCIX.com, because I live in Canada and it's cheaper for shipping.
Case would be around 60-70$, so I think there's at least 80$ left and an extra 50$ leeway.
4GB of RAM would work too; I just found it's the same price almost after MIR's which he doesn't mind doing.
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Alright, what will the build be used for? Any gaming? Video editing? Or just basic?
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Mainly gaming and office work when required.
I found a Gskill kit that is 1600/1.5v
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57953&promoid=1343
And an AM3 motherboard that has overclocking calpabilities biggrin.gif
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=52049&vpn=GA-870A-UD3&manufacture=Gigabyte

The motherboard VRM info in your sig is VERY useful!
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post #6 of 19
I'm kinda wary about that 500W PSU for $27 lol. Since options are limited, I would say scale down a bit on RAM at the moment. 4 GB is really a lot if it is for gaming or simple office work.
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I usually hate Tiger direct.... but!!! this is a much better deal IMO!!!

400$ (2500k and 4gb ram 1tb hdd)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=631827&sku=B69-1336&SRCCODE=WEM2694PC&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM2694-_-tigeremail2694


549$ (with better video card and legit windows ... I would do this one man!!! BEST BANG for the $$$ coming from a RED lover ... hard but i cant find anything online that is a better deal!!)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=631829&sku=B69-1338&SRCCODE=WEM2694PC&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM2694-_-tigeremail2694

EDIT 1: price wrong! lol.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jackeduphard;13720597 
I usually HATE *** Tiger direct.... but!!! this is a much better deal IMO!!!

400$ (2500k and 4gb ram 1tb hdd)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=631827&sku=B69-1336&SRCCODE=WEM2694PC&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM2694-_-tigeremail2694


549$** (with better video card and legit windows ... I would do this one man!!! BEST BANG for the $$$ coming from a RED lover ... hard but i cant find anything online that is a better deal!!)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=631829&sku=B69-1338&SRCCODE=WEM2694PC&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM2694-_-tigeremail2694

EDIT 1: price wrong! lol. **
This

Just trash the PSU, or try to sell it on CL, and buy something like a CX430

EDIT: here is CA version

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=631827&sku=B69-1336&SRCCODE=WEM2694PC&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM2694-_-tigeremail2694
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It's one of these:
http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-stealthxstream-2-400w-600w-power-supply.html
It was 70$, then sale down to 40 and a 15$ MIR... so 25$ + 5% tax = ~27 biggrin.gif
Couldn't find any better ram for cheaper frown.gif

About second post, I don't need a power supply, I don't need a hard drive and he's not going to buy windows again since he's retiring his 6 year old PC.

Found pretty much everything and ordered; got a nice list.

Phenom x4 955100
GA-870A-UD3101.63
F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL81.9
PowerColor 577084
OCZ500SXS227
CM 69273.5

Total 468.03 so close to budget, might pick up an after market cooler with what's left biggrin.gif
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He would have to order from tigerdirect.CA so it might be more expensive. He's canadian. Also, trust xd, he's really good at making cheap builds.


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