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Dang, that was a lot harder than I thought... That budget won't allow for much higher wattage PSU or modular at that sadly I was able to fit in a fantastic case though, the M59 has great features for its cost, fairly roomy inside for a mid tower, tool free hard drive installation, cable management, some others as well. Looks awesome too in my opinion. The PSU is also decent quality. Not enough for SLI/Crossfire. The GPU out performs the 460 a little bit in most situations, and I think overclocks a little better than the 460 as well. It draws less power, so ultimately I believe it also runs cooler.



$10 off that price because of the MIR, and the sub-total is about $556. You can of course buy the i3 2100 from your link at micro center, and save another $30 bucks just about and that almost allows the $70 monitor... Ah, that's what I thought of, also, sell the Dirt 3 coupon that comes with it for $40 to finish off that $70 for the monitor and you should be all good (in other words flat broke but happy about the new hole in your pocket ) lol. At least that's how I was with my PC, spent every dime I had getting the best rig possible. I think I got a great bang-for-buck PC. Ran the BF3 beta on ultra with 4x AA minimum frames of 29 on my 6870 (Its official according to a twitter post though, from a BF3 dev, that the ultra textures weren't put in the beta as the DL would have been to big for consoles, so really it was like running it on high and 4x AA).

Now to be honest though, my other thoughts about this, even though there is a little less performance with a Phenom II, there is always the AMD route. Great for budget builds. Not sure if you would or wouldn't mind it though.
Edited by rivaldog - 10/10/11 at 8:53pm
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The OP looks perfectly fine. I ran an overclocked Phenom II 550 @ 3.8GHz with a GTX 470 on the 600w OCZ ModXStream Pro. He's fine. That's a beautiful build there. You'll tear up any game that is thrown at you.
     
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Originally Posted by rivaldog View Post
Dang, that was a lot harder than I thought... That budget won't allow for much higher wattage PSU or modular at that sadly I was able to fit in a fantastic case though, the M59 has great features for its cost, fairly roomy inside for a mid tower, tool free hard drive installation, cable management, some others as well. Looks awesome too in my opinion. The PSU is also decent quality. Not enough for SLI/Crossfire. The GPU out performs the 460 a little bit in most situations, and I think overclocks a little better than the 460 as well. It draws less power, so ultimately I believe it also runs cooler.



$10 off that price because of the MIR, and the sub-total is about $556. You can of course buy the i3 2100 from your link at micro center, and save another $30 bucks just about and that almost allows the $70 monitor... Ah, that's what I thought of, also, sell the Dirt 3 coupon that comes with it for $40 to finish off that $70 for the monitor and you should be all good (in other words flat broke but happy about the new hole in your pocket ) lol. At least that's how I was with my PC, spent every dime I had getting the best rig possible. I think I got a great bang-for-buck PC. Ran the BF3 beta on ultra with 4x AA minimum frames of 29 on my 6870 (Its official according to a twitter post though, from a BF3 dev, that the ultra textures weren't put in the beta as the DL would have been to big for consoles, so really it was like running it on high and 4x AA).

Now to be honest though, my other thoughts about this, even though there is a little less performance with a Phenom II, there is always the AMD route. Great for budget builds. Not sure if you would or wouldn't mind it though.
I don't mind the AMD route. Could you please show me what you have in mind?
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Anyone else?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...13138319-L010D

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...17553009-L012B and it's $29.99 after rebates.

The sale ends in 33 hours.

How is this motherboard and psu?
Edited by tehownag3 - 10/11/11 at 2:11pm
post #26 of 42
IIRC, AMD still has the better budget CPU. Look into Phenom II X4 925.
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Originally Posted by SIMPSONATOR View Post
IIRC, AMD still has the better budget CPU. Look into Phenom II X4 925.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0359809

can't get better than that.
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I can't seem to say this enough, I think I'm gonna put it in my signature:

Check your local craigslist first. Even in my small city there are always people with parts for sale. You could find someone upgrading so they'll have near-new anything and everything for sale and it will cut a lot of money off and enable you to end up with a much better rig or a rig with money left over.
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Thanks for the info. Anyone else? I need your help thanks.
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I can't seem to say this enough, I think I'm gonna put it in my signature:

Check your local craigslist first. Even in my small city there are always people with parts for sale. You could find someone upgrading so they'll have near-new anything and everything for sale and it will cut a lot of money off and enable you to end up with a much better rig or a rig with money left over.
What if you live in a dangerous city? Just wondering.
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