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Hey guys, I don't know much about AMD but that they're cheaper in most cases lol. My friend wants a new computer around $400 to play at 1280x1024. I was thinking about getting him a Phenom 555 for $50 at frys and then getting him a board that can get him unlocked with a 5770. If anybody could help me get a build for around that price that would be awesome.

For case I was thinking NZXT Gama.

For CPU I was thinking Phenom 555.

For CPU cooler I was thinking Hyper 212+ (if needed, we're not overclocking but we will try unlocking cores if that increases heat at all)

For motherboard I was thinking about any board that will unlock.

For GPU I was thinking 5770/6770 (I'm open for other options if it's in budget)

Places we can shop:
Micro Center
Frys
Amazon
Newegg
TigerDirect

Thanks!
Edited by BloodyRory - 11/3/11 at 5:15pm
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If you're located by a micro center, they have an in-store deal for a Phenom II x4 830 OEM


http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0375737 for $50

You'll need a cooler, so grab a hyper 212+.
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Originally Posted by yesitsmario View Post
If you're located by a micro center, they have an in-store deal for a Phenom II x4 830 OEM


http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0375737 for $50

You'll need a cooler, so grab a hyper 212+.
Oh that'll be even better, so then we don't have to worry about unlocking. How long will this deal be going on for?
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He has to have Windows. Does he need a keyboard or mouse? The NZXT M59 is much better than the Gamma but maybe a NZXT Source 210.
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He has to have Windows. Does he need a keyboard or mouse? The NZXT M59 is much better than the Gamma but maybe a NZXT Source 210.
We have all of that.

Gama is in our price point mainly, if the prices are low enough then I'll get him a better case, the gama still is a great case for that price though.
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He has to have Windows. Does he need a keyboard or mouse? The NZXT M59 is much better than the Gamma but maybe a NZXT Source 210.
Yes, the nzxt source 210 is a good case for the money. It has good cable management. It's available in black and white

black $40 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146075
white $43 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146076
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Yes, the nzxt source 210 is a good case for the money. It has good cable management. It's available in black and white

black $40 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146075
white $43 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146076
Oh, well it's the same price as the nzxt gama shipped lol, yeah the black one should work fine.
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What kind of ram will you be using, or are you gonna buy that as well. Cant help with the motherboard until we know what kinda ram will be using
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What kind of ram will you be using, or are you gonna buy that as well. Cant help with the motherboard until we know what kinda ram will be using
I have 2gb of ddr2 800 on 3 sticks (don't know size of each stick) in his old pc that we could use. But I'd rather have him upgrade to ddr3 1333 or 1600 to be honest.

Edit, but if we have to, I could probably borrow the sticks if it helps with price.
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I did this for my friend, same res I got him a biostar h55 and an i3 540, CM212+ and a 6870 and some cheapo ram. (reused an old case and psu)
btw if you need a cheap 5770 i got a new one for sale

Edit: DDR3 is dirt cheap so i don't think that will be an issue for you.
    
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