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I'm starting to see my PC struggle to handle some newer games and figured its time to upgrade. I don't want to spend any money above the 3 digit numbers ($999 being the max) I need a new monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I don't want to have a huge PC so I've decided to go mATX. iI already have Windows 7 so I do not need to buy it again. These are the parts that I've chosen so far:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130657
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236338
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171068
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015
Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276
Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129006
Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826570014
Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009436

I want to know if this is good for my budget and also if there are any parts I should upgrade while still staying within my budget.
post #2 of 8

That mobo is not going to cut it for a 125W Phenom II. You risk a VRM failure with that and a low end MSI board.

However, NCIX is carrying the Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 which costs less factoring shipping, and has a decent quality 4+1 phase VRM setup with cooling. Get this board instead.

 

Adjust your balance to save $40 and get an FX-6300 which is superior to the 965

Cheaper 2x4GB DDR3-1600 kit with enhanced 8-9-8 timings: -$10

Better deal for bigger hard drive: -$15

This PSU has less capacity but will still exceed your desires and needs for far less: -$29

Any DVD-RW over $20 shipped is a ripoff. This one for -$10

 

With these savings:

Go with at least a 21.5" 1080p monitor: +$1
FX-6300: +$30, shipping accounted for, and with promo code YAYSFG in shopping cart

post #3 of 8

Wait on Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. It'll do you good.

Also, any Micro Centers near you?

Solitude R2.0
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ 4.0 GHz ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 DiRT 3 Edition Corsair 16GB Vengeance Blue @ 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD LITE-ON iHAS 424-98 Corsair H80 + 2X Corsair 120MM Fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Samsung S27A350H 27" LED Backlit HDMI Monitor Cherry G80-3800 Cherry MX Blue Corsair 850W Professional Series Gold 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse Plantronics GameCom 367 
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KeyboardPowerCaseOther
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-3210M Dell 04G65K Intel HD4000 Dell 2x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung Spinpoint ST1000LM024 1TB 5400RPM HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 
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Solitude R2.0
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Klein
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Lappy
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ 4.0 GHz ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 DiRT 3 Edition Corsair 16GB Vengeance Blue @ 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD LITE-ON iHAS 424-98 Corsair H80 + 2X Corsair 120MM Fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Samsung S27A350H 27" LED Backlit HDMI Monitor Cherry G80-3800 Cherry MX Blue Corsair 850W Professional Series Gold 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse Plantronics GameCom 367 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3-2125 Asus P8H77-I Intel HD 3000 Samsung Green 30nm 2x4GB MV-3V4G3D/US 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128GB  Asus DRW-24B1ST Intel Stock Cooler Windows 8 Pro 
KeyboardPowerCaseOther
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800 Corsair Builder Series CX500V2 Lian Li PC-Q11B TrendNet TEW-684UB 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-3210M Dell 04G65K Intel HD4000 Dell 2x4GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOS
Samsung Spinpoint ST1000LM024 1TB 5400RPM HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 
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Your Choices
Case - okay
Mobo - bad
CPU - okay
GPU - good
Ram - okay
HDD - Bad
PSU - okay
Cooler - okay

What i would do
CPU $120
Intel Core i3 3220

Motherboard $110
Asrock Z77 Pro4-M

Ram $38 (get 2)
Samsung Wonder Ram

GPU $230
EVGA Geforce GTX 660

HDD $70
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB

Case $70
NZXT Vulcan

PSU $56
Rosewill Hive 550W
Edited by thepoopscooper - 11/5/12 at 7:08pm
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Thanks for the feedback. Also the pooper scooper, I cant click "what I would do"
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Thanks for the feedback. Also the pooper scooper, I cant click "what I would do"

Dont worry about that.

Focus on xd_1771's advice. He advised you so hard I accidentally.
 
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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Wanted: [WTB] RAM Waterblock for 4 sticks.
$1 (USD) or best offer
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AMD FX4100 gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 XFX R9 290 1x8GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue 2TB Asus DVDRW CNPS 9900 Win 8.1 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32" 1360x768 TV Logitech K120 Rosewill Capstone-M 750W Silverstone TJ08 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech M100 Black Supermat SB Live! 
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Thanks for the feedback. Also the pooper scooper, I cant click "what I would do"
i have the build up now
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Wait for Black Friday, you'll get ALOT more for your money.
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