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I'm going to build a gaming PC with mid-ranged specs soon and would like to hear some opinions and suggestions. I found the best parts I could for a budget of $600, here is my current selection:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Case

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM

XFX Radeon 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3

Antec 550W Modular Active PFC Power Supply

AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz Quad-Core CPU google.gif

ASUS M4A87TD Motherboard

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner

The subtotal is just under $600 and I am very happy with this selection, if anyone has any suggestions please post below.
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Originally Posted by zellxuepeng View Post

I'm going to build a gaming PC with mid-ranged specs soon and would like to hear some opinions and suggestions. I found the best parts I could for a budget of $600, here is my current selection:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Case
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
XFX Radeon 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3
Antec 550W Modular Active PFC Power Supply
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz Quad-Core CPU google.gif
ASUS M4A87TD Motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner
The subtotal is just under $600 and I am very happy with this selection, if anyone has any suggestions please post below.

Its a good looking selection. WIll do great for a budget setup. Do you plan to OC the CPU?
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if you find this mobo for cheap or an am3+ . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631R

and this cpu. it will oc just as good as the 965 and might unlock, too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995


you can stick with the mobo you picked but if you go with the zosma, DO NOT try to unlock it to a six core without adding heat sinks on the mosfets (add'l cost).

btw, you need an efficient cooler like the cooler master 212 evo or above.
Edited by rdr09 - 3/29/12 at 3:04am
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if you find this mobo for cheap . . .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631R
and this cpu. it will oc just as good as the 965 and might unlock, too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995
you can stick with the mobo you picked but if you go with the zosma, DO NOT try to unlock it to a six core without adding heat sinks on the mosfets (add'l cost).
btw, you need an efficient cooler like the cooler master 212 evo or above.

Not worth it IMO. Usually locked cores are locked for a reason..... And he only needs a after market cooler if he intends to OC.
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Unlocking the cores is kind of a luck game. My tri core unlocked doesn't increase temps on my aftermarket cooler and didn't increase it by much on the stock cooler.

Only when I started overclocking did I need to get a different cooler. I like the suggestion of the 960t
Edited by TopazPie - 3/29/12 at 3:26am
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I'd say change your MB to a AMD990X or AMD990FX one. It is much better. smile.gif
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a 960t locked is the best ph2 x4 you can buy. it outperforms ANY of the other phenoms.
not all locked cpu's are locked because of faults. supply and demand.

and yes, the board rdr linked is much better and is worth the few extra dollars.
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I would go with the Zosma 960T just because of the lower TDP. Also you can save some money on power supply and go for better GPU. Shoot for something like a 6850 or 460 for graphics card. A 6670 doesn't even require 6 pin power if I'm not mistaken.

Go for a power supply like this

And I highly recommend checking out the marketplace for a graphics card. Crazy good savings there. I picked up an MSI cyclone 6850/OC for $115 a few days ago. Still has over a year on warranty.
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The M4 motherboards limit you to last generation CPU's as does the 700 or 800 series chipsets. There is no reason to do that. You can't go wrong with an ASUS M5A97, especially the EVO if you want to spend the extra $20. Another great board in that price range is the ASRock Extreme3. The only real reason to go for a 990 over a 970 is if you are planning to crossfire top end cards like 7970s. My 6790s in CF run smooth as silk on my M5A97 EVO.

I have been saying this a lot lately: Go for the Samsung 30 nm RAM, you won't regret it. It is incredibly cheap and blows away much more expensive RAM, including the Corsair Vengeance you are considering. thumb.gif

If you are building a gaming rig you want a better graphics card too. My 6790's kick butt. I paid $89 each for them. Just so you know : the 6790 is actually the same 256 bit Barts GPU and card as the 6850/6870. At their regular price of ~ $135 I would opt for a ~$150 6850 or 6870 for $20 more. I built a 955 rig with a 6670 for my dad last year (when 6850s were $200) and it does fine with the ancient games he likes to play, but today I would not use that card at all. If you like to play modern games you will regret going with such a weak card.

And, this is MY PERSONAL OPINION: I would go for an FX-4100 ($110) FX-4170 ($140) over the $130 965. Some benchmarks show better performance with last generation Phenom's, BUT in games the FX is equal or better. The memory performance of the FX will top the Phenom for sure, especially if you go with the Samsung Wonder RAM. Go for the new stuff. Why build a "new" computer with several year old parts?? Again, that is my personal opinion, so everybody that is going to spew the FX hate (Including the guys who will be in this thread any minute now squawking "Get Intel cuz AMD sucks" ) can just can it.
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Your graphics card is very weak for a gaming computer. I'd suggest trying to go cheaper on the PSU (you still need to make sure it's a quality PSU, but there are a few 430w or 450w units that will work - one is usually on special somewhere). And maybe get 4gb of RAM instead of 8. 6770 is the lowest I'd go on GPU if I were you, and I'd try and stretch to 6870 if you have a standard 1920x1080 monitor (for a gaming focus).

If you're in the U.S., a stock Intel dual core may (sadly) be better performance for just gaming. ($125-175 for CPU+mobo). If it gets you to a better video card, could be worth it.

Edit: Hi Jagged! *wave* More seriously, sounds like good advice there.
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