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Ok I have a $650 budget I already have a thermaltake armor a30 micro atx case and a 500gb hard drive for this build I'm racking my head tryin to figure out which route to go intel or amd and I have no clue what to do I've been looking at benchmarks for a week on this but anyway I'd like to be able to play bf3 on high settings at 1600x900 at 60 or better fps so I'm figured I'd ask the oc community to help me with this. I need DVD, MB, CPU, PSU, GPU, and RAM and I have a 650 dollar budget for it
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Ok I have a $650 budget I already have a thermaltake armor a30 micro atx case and a 500gb hard drive for this build I'm racking my head tryin to figure out which route to go intel or amd and I have no clue what to do I've been looking at benchmarks for a week on this but anyway I'd like to be able to play bf3 on high settings at 1600x900 at 60 or better fps so I'm figured I'd ask the oc community to help me with this. I need DVD, MB, CPU, PSU, GPU, and RAM and I have a 650 dollar budget for it


Unless you're planning on X-firing/SLI'ing two uber high-end GPUs, AMD would serve your needs quiet well.

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385

DVD drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Total - 639$

However, you'd need a better case in order to house the mobo.
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to keep with the mATX setup for a nice portable lanbox, you can find a good 880 chipset mATX board that would work great with the 1090T that was listed above.
I had been debating putting together a small lanbox like this myself (need case, psu, ram, vid card and mobo) so i could game when I'm not at home or off to LAN's..
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vette454, how's built your SFF (A30) rig?
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I need DVD, MB, CPU, PSU, GPU, and RAM and I have a 650 dollar budget for it

I built Comp4 for less than that. Look here for some ideas on what's possible if you're a savvy shopper. (2500k, 6950 2gb, etc)
http://www.overclock.net/t/1076558/computer-room-overhaul
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Here. IF you can get to a microcenter and get the CPU there you could save 30 bucks on the list price. But this would be a one monster portable system! add a DVD drive to this and you actually have a smoking PC!!

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This rig would just plain stomp as a lan rig.
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Be wary of your motherboard choice as all mATX AM3 are 4+1 phase boards. Be you get a board with quality VRMs and COOL those VRMs!

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Be wary of your motherboard choice as all mATX AM3 are 4+1 phase boards. Be you get a board with quality VRMs and COOL those VRMs!

My understanding was that this was a good mATX board?
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If you're going to be running a Phenom II x6 1090T.... avoid all lower end ASUS and GIGABYTE mATX boards with 3+1 phase (that most of aren't rated to run 125W processors like the 1090T anyway), avoid all lower end MSI boards.  Prioritize on boards that have a high quality VRM design with good transistor count and design and opportunity for cooling.  Some midrange ASUS & Gigabyte mATX are great for this.  You can refer to the AMD Motherboard VRM Information list, link in sig, for more info.

 

These boards also usually don't come with VRM cooling.  Ensure that.  Two ways: using the AMD stock cooler or a downward blowing cooler of any sort, or taking a pack of VRM heatsinks and sticking them on.  Never leave a VRM system of lower phase count totally without any method of cooling, or you may run into performance and reliability issues.

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If you're going to be running a Phenom II x6 1090T.... avoid all lower end ASUS and GIGABYTE mATX boards with 3+1 phase (that most of aren't rated to run 125W processors like the 1090T anyway), avoid all lower end MSI boards.  Prioritize on boards that have a high quality VRM design with good transistor count and design and opportunity for cooling.  Some midrange ASUS & Gigabyte mATX are great for this.  You can refer to the AMD Motherboard VRM Information list, link in sig, for more info.

These boards also usually don't come with VRM cooling.  Ensure that.  Two ways: using the AMD stock cooler or a downward blowing cooler of any sort, or taking a pack of VRM heatsinks and sticking them on.  Never leave a VRM system of lower phase count totally without any method of cooling, or you may run into performance and reliability issues.

I suggested the 1155 socket ASUS board, I had always heard that this was a quality board for an i5 matx build?
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