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I'm putting together a build for a friend. Knowing me, I'd leave something important out. He has keyboard/mouse/monitor already. Just want to make sure it's all compatible. ~$600 goal, this one ends up being $550ish after MIR. Also, he's not a big overclocker. I'll probably put a mild OC on the CPU just due to stock cooler.

cpu: AMD Phenom II x4 965
gpu: evga superclocked 460 1GB
motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-870A-USB3 ATX AMD Motherboard
ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
psu: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply
HDD: WD CavBlue 500gb
case: NZXT Alpha Black Steel mid-tower
Edited by Radiopools - 8/18/11 at 4:34pm
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Yea, that'll work. You ordering from newegg? There may be better options.
   
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That's the plan. What did you have in mind?
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Build looks ok, it will work. But my suggestions are to get a Caviar Black drive, it will make the system snappier. As for the power supply, I would have went with a Corsair, Seasonic or Antec one. OCZ power supplies don't have a good reputation as far as I can remember.
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There may be better motherboard choices than the 870A-USB3 in terms of overclocking friendly capability (i.e. cooled VRMs) for same price

If the NZXT Alpha is what you want go ahead, but at the price point I'm not too impressed with it. For the same or lower price you can get a case with bottom PSU and proper cable management option, and better cooling layout.

For only a couple bucks more the F3 1TB can be had for low price on Superbiiz after promo code DEALMONGO. 2x the space, and much faster.
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/18/11 at 5:05pm
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Good Build.. Inspection.. Passed.
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post #7 of 12
I don't think you need a PSU that big unless he has plans to go SLI at some point in the future. Might be a space to save some cash.That CPU is a decent overclocker look into a board with cooled VRMs, free performance in the future might extend the life a little longer.
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post #8 of 12
Something along these lines. 955 $10 cheaper and can do same speeds as 965. Spinpoint F3 1TB. 6870 is better than 460 IMO. And an AM3+ motherboard for future proofing. Also 8GB ram and a Corsair 500w PSU. You can get a 600w Corsair with the same ram for $10, but 500 will do fine with this build. You got about $50 left to spend on the case and $50 in rebates. I personally think that the BitFenix Shinobi is a winner at $59, but that is not on newegg. ALSO, if you can, squeeze in an ASUS Xonar DG. Best cheapest soundcard around.

Edited by Wildcard36qs - 8/18/11 at 5:22pm
   
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post #9 of 12
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Some good suggestions. I think I might switch over to that build you suggested Wildcard. I like it a bit better. I was actually debating a lower wattage Corsair psu. As far as the 6870, the person I'm building for prefers nvidia.

@xd1771 - We're not sold on that case either. Which would you suggest? My only concern is that I had to buy an extension cable for the power supply to reach the motherboard's power input on my Antec 300, which is bottom mounted.
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Originally Posted by Radiopools View Post
Some good suggestions. I think I might switch over to that build you suggested Wildcard. I like it a bit better. I was actually debating a lower wattage Corsair psu. As far as the 6870, the person I'm building for prefers nvidia.

@xd1771 - We're not sold on that case either. Which would you suggest? My only concern is that I had to buy an extension cable for the power supply to reach the motherboard's power input on my Antec 300, which is bottom mounted.
Yea for around $50, hard to find a decent case. I personally prefer Lian-Li, Silverstone, and now BitFenix myself around the $50-60 mark. This Silverstone seems to be a great buy. And in terms of nVIDIA, yea the 460 then is what you want. A standard 560 may fit in my build actually, but that is just a higher clocked 460 I beleive.

Actually here:

Edited by Wildcard36qs - 8/18/11 at 5:40pm
   
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