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Hi I have been trying to put together a gaming pc on a budget of around 500.00 for my 15 yr. old son and would greatly appreciate any advice.
This is a little over budget and doesn't include case or Hard Drive
Here is what I have come up with :

Motherboard : Asus M5A99X EVO

Processor : Phenom II X4 960T

Graphics : Asus GTX560

PSU : RaidMax Hybrid 2 630W

RAM : G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8Gb

OS : Windows 7 Home Premium
post #2 of 77
You'll also need a dvd drive, roughly $20.00. I've not dealt with Raidmax before but the rest looks good for that type of build.

Edit - are you looking at newegg.com or amazon for your pricing or just what is the best bang for your buck no matter where it comes from as long as they are reputable?
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Originally Posted by ssgtnubb View Post

You'll also need a dvd drive, roughly $20.00. I've not dealt with Raidmax before but the rest looks good for that type of build.
Edit - are you looking at newegg.com or amazon for your pricing or just what is the best bang for your buck no matter where it comes from as long as they are reputable?

I have been pricing on newegg.com haven't checked amazon but it really doesn't matter. I would like to get the price down a little bit but I dont want to sacrafice performance.
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Originally Posted by krrice View Post

Hi I have been trying to put together a gaming pc on a budget of around 500.00 for my 15 yr. old son and would greatly appreciate any advice.
This is a little over budget and doesn't include case or Hard Drive
Here is what I have come up with :
Motherboard : Asus M5A99X EVO
Processor : Phenom II X4 960T
Graphics : Asus GTX560
PSU : RaidMax Hybrid 2 630W
RAM : G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8Gb
OS : Windows 7 Home Premium

i have a raidmax 630 psu an its currently powering my whole system, so i kno if i can handle my 5970 1 not both of them, then it will def handle that system, i like raidmax an have nothing against them. an the build seems like a good build for him.
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Well with amazon it's no tax which can help but it depends on the item. I'll work on a build and post it, I'm sure more folks will come into the fray with this, OCNers love these threads.
Edit @ zydrix, yeah I've seen some on here with the psu just didn't want to remark on it without knowledge of the brand.
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i have a raidmax 630 psu an its currently powering my whole system, so i kno if i can handle my 5970 1 not both of them, then it will def handle that system, i like raidmax an have nothing against them. an the build seems like a good build for him.

What did you mean about handling 1 not both. I was planning on sli later on will that psu not be enough?
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Originally Posted by ssgtnubb View Post

Well with amazon it's no tax which can help but it depends on the item. I'll work on a build and post it, I'm sure more folks will come into the fray with this, OCNers love these threads.
Edit @ zydrix, yeah I've seen some on here with the psu just didn't want to remark on it without knowledge of the brand.

Thanks I did not know about no tax on amazon I'll have to check into that.
post #7 of 77
Have you looked into going for an AMD APU like the AMD A8-3870K
CPU/GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001
$140
Capable of playing BF3 on medium settings at 1600x1200 resolution
Motherboard - ASUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131796
$80
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427
$29
CASE - NZXT 210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
$40
PSU - Corsair 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
$50
SSD - Patriot Pyro 120gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220603
$120
Total $455
Optional GPU for crossfire 6670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102988
$65
New Total $520

What games is he looking to play and on what settings??

right now the APU is the best price/performance and most of the time exceeds your performance needs.
Ask your local computer shop for windows 7 OS. I have got a 64bit of ultimate for $30 dollars here in SLC.

Fixed per XD suggestion..
Edited by Jester435 - 4/25/12 at 8:44pm
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i have seen a few raidmax psus come into the shop i work for....the few i have seen were failing.....dont know how long they were in service and half werent kept properly airdusted so take what i say with a grain of salt. i know for a fact the shop i work for does not discount windows 7 at all. we buy from a store and dont mark up but the customer pays what we pay nonetheless. unless shops have a maps deal with microsoft they dont get deals on windows 7 even if they buy in bulk.
 
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post #9 of 77
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

Have you looked into going for an AMD APU like the AMD A8-3870K
CPU/GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001
$140
Capable of playing BF3 on medium settings at 1600x1200 resolution
Motherboard - ASUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131796
$80
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231313
$25
CASE - NZXT 210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
$40
PSU - Corsair 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
$50
SSD - Patriot Pyro 120gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220603
$120
Total $455
Optional GPU for crossfire 6670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102988
$65
New Total $520

What games is he looking to play and on what settings??

right now the APU is the best price/performance and most of the time exceeds your performance needs.
Ask your local computer shop for windows 7 OS. I have got a 64bit of ultimate for $30 dollars here in SLC.

Thanks I will have to check into that.
post #10 of 77

Get rid of the weak low quality Raidmax PSU.  Never skimp on the PSU, your entire system relies on it.  There are also better PSUs for price.  The Rosewill RG530 is one I will recommend.

 

At this moment by buying Windows 7 on Newegg you are ripping yourself off, you could be spending $14 less on DiscountMountain for the same legal product.

 

^ I call extreme unwise on Jester435's single channel memory suggestion for the unlocked A8 APU.  That is a 50-100% performance loss depending on app right there.


Edited by xd_1771 - 4/25/12 at 8:36pm
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