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So my roomate needs a new computer and I just want to make sure I get him the best deal possible. He doent play any games at the moment, but he would like to when he has a computer. Hopefully xd_1771 can chime in because he seems to be the bomb at prince shopping! biggrin.gif

One thing to note is that i live close to a microcenter and will be planning to take advantage of their AMD/Mobo combo
here is a link to help with budget constraint

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

I am thinking the 960t with the M5A97 AM3+ board.
He already has a copy of Windows.

He will already have a monitor and a mouse, but no keyboard. I also picked up a corsair CX430 for him as well so you guys have $275 left to spend! smile.gif

CPU: AMD 960t - $135 (Microcenter)

Mobo: Asus M5A97 - $0 (Microcenter)

PSU: CX430 - $20 (newegg)

Graphics Card: Saphire 5770 - $70
Edited by Cloudpost - 5/9/12 at 7:26pm
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this seems to be the popular under 500 build

http://www.overclock.net/t/1249530/budget-build#post_17095806
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Here's a combination that conveniently gets most of the parts from Microcenter:

 

NZXT Source 210 - $38, $10 rebate [Microcenter]
Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $40 [Microcenter]
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - $30, $10 rebate [Microcenter]

Sapphire Radeon 6870 - $160, $10 rebate [Newegg]
Seagate 500GB 7200RPM HDD (great warranty!) - $75 [Microcenter]

 

Your total build cost should end up at just under $500!

 

EDIT: Wait, $275!?  Oh, so you already spent on the video card? :C this budget could've fit the 6870.  Ah well, you can get an SSD I guess! (I hope you like fast booting!)

I recommend this: Mushkin Chronos 120GB SATAIII SandForce SF-2281 SSD - $103 shipped (this is a steal at the current price! It'll push your budget by $13 but I say it's worth it... you'll have rebates to get the cash back) or if you're budget picky, this Kingston SSDNow V200 90GB SSD is $90 shipped (so your spendings total would total $273, within budget) and also a SandForce SF-2281 controller.


Edited by xd_1771 - 5/9/12 at 8:46pm
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

Here's a combination that conveniently gets most of the parts from Microcenter:

NZXT Source 210 - $38, $10 rebate [Microcenter]
Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $40 [Microcenter]
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - $30, $10 rebate [Microcenter]
Sapphire Radeon 6870 - $160, $10 rebate [Newegg]
Seagate 500GB 7200RPM HDD (great warranty!) - $75 [Microcenter]

Your total build cost should end up at just under $500!

EDIT: Wait, $275!?  Oh, so you already spent on the video card? :C this budget could've fit the 6870.  Ah well, you can get an SSD I guess! (I hope you like fast booting!)
I recommend this: Mushkin Chronos 120GB SATAIII SandForce SF-2281 SSD - $103 shipped (this is a steal at the current price! It'll push your budget by $13 but I say it's worth it... you'll have rebates to get the cash back) or if you're budget picky, this Kingston SSDNow V200 90GB SSD is $90 shipped (so your spendings total would total $273, within budget) and also a SandForce SF-2281 controller.

xd, that 430W might not handle the 6870. the 212 will be a plus if and when the 960T unlocks.
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the Gigabyte 970A-UD3 is a beter board to over clock on
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^ Noted, but probably not completely true.  The CX 430 has 334W of power on the 12V rail which can definitely take on a 95W TDP 960T and a 150W TDP video card.

 

While the CX 430 might not be as reliable at other PSUs in the tasks (lower efficiency, fan noise, etc) it will definitely handle it.

 

Not too long ago I was running my dad's work PC, which has the original CX 430, with a 95W Intel C2Q Q6600 and a 155W TDP 8800GTX 768MB - recently I replaced that with a quadro but when it ran with that config, there was nothing wrong with it.

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for $124 more you could go with my build which is really fast with the possibilty of unlocking too.thumb.gif
and also the m4a board has virtually no vdroop with load line calibration set to on
 
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^ Noted, but probably not completely true.  The CX 430 has 334W of power on the 12V rail which can definitely take on a 95W TDP 960T and a 150W TDP video card.
The only concern I'd have is that no one on OCN is ever going to run a 960T at stock, so that 95W TDP really doesn't mean much. If you just unlock it and raise it to 1100T specs, you're already at 125W, and most people don't stop anywhere close to there. You're still not going to max out the 334W rating, but you can come a lot closer than I would ever be comfortable with.
     
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