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So my friend has been staying over for a few days and decided he wanted to build a gaming PC after seeing the difference graphics (YES!) and asked me to help him out. He wants to keep the budget as small as possible, around $700 dollars, but plans to do some upgrades down the road when he has the cash.

This is what I have come up with so far but I was hoping on getting some input on what I should take out / add, any advise you can give me will be greatly appreciated! No monitor/keyboard/mouse/OS needed.



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Get a Zalman Z9 instead of that HAF ! Cheaper Same price and great quality
>>> Z9
>>> Z9 Plus

I don't like Antec PSUs and 750W is overkill... Get a good product instead !
>>> Cooler Master GX 650W w/ 10% Off
Edited by adridu59 - 6/20/11 at 4:03am
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Get a Zalman Z9 instead of that HAF. Cheaper and great quality
>>> Z9
>>> Z9 Plus

I don't like Antec PSUs...
Thanks for the quick reply! I'm not a very big fan of antec either but I hear some good stuff from the earthwatts PSU a lot and at the price It seems like a good deal. Loving the case btw, will show it to him and see what he thinks.
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Ok, to start with you don't need anywhere near 750w.

You'd be much better off with a higher quality, modular, lower wattage PSU like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-093-_-Product

Seasonic, 80 plus Bronze, modular. Cannot go wrong with that.
 
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Updated my post, take a look @ that Cooler Master PSU which is 10% Off Is isn't the best quality but it does well his job.

Otherwise the Seasonic @Polymerabbit talked about is a very good PSU. Seasonic is very renowned.
Edited by adridu59 - 6/20/11 at 4:06am
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When we first talked he planned to purchase two 6950's to unlock and crossfire by the end of summer, the 5770 is basically a place holder until he finishes up a job he's getting paid for. Will either of those two PSU be able to handle it just fine? I would prefer to go with the SeaSonic if possible seeing as how it's modular.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ArtistDeAlec View Post
When we first talked he planned to purchase two 6950's to unlock and crossfire by the end of summer, the 5770 is basically a place holder until he finishes up a job he's getting paid for. Will either of those two PSU be able to handle it just fine? I would prefer to go with the SeaSonic if possible seeing as how it's modular.
I think it would be okay with 650W PSU, but 520W ...
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by adridu59 View Post
I think it would be okay with 650W PSU, but 520W ...
There is a 620w model for $14 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-095-_-Product

That should handle it fine.
 
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post #9 of 10
Take this ASUS M5A97 EVO
No IGP but you won't need that anyway, and 900 series chipset for more native AM3+ CPU (FX Series) support when it's out

Also don't buy the hyper 212+ from Newegg. $50 is 2x you need to pay for it. Get it at a different site for $30 shipped.

I find the NZXT M59 to be a better case at that price range also.
Edited by xd_1771 - 6/20/11 at 8:18am
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Everything looks good to me except i would go with a 1 TB Hard Drive and 4 more GB of Ram unless he is going to be doing alot of other things except gaming.
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