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Ok folks, here are my options the way I see it now...

I have been offered a nice deal by an OC.net member to sell me their Phenom II 965, ASUS M4A88T-M Mobo and HD 5770 for $200.

That will still run the sort of games I want to play for now. I will definitely be wanting a better PC later on in the year but Life has just thrown me some unexpected extra ongoing costs that have hurt my budget.

The rig I am still planning on getting once I save the money is:

CPU
AMD Fx 8320

Mobo
AsRock 970 Extreme4 OR;
AsRock Fatal1ty 990Fx Professional - This one depends on how much money I end up managing to set aside for my rig

GPU
Powercolour Radeon HD7770

RAM
Corsair Vengence 1x8 OR 2x8Gb

Case
Thermaltake Black Commander MSII (Red)

PSU
Still don't know, probably some thermaltake 750W or something

Cooling
Either Corsair H80i or just a tonne of extra case fans.


Now that is my setup that I am going to save money for but I wont have that kind of cash for some time right now, SO I am considering this new idea that I can afford for until I get the coin for the other rig.

CPU
Phenom II 965

Mobo
ASUS M4A88T-M

GPU
Radeon HD 5770 - Can get all of these three for cheap from someone

RAM
1x8Gb Corsair Vengence (can use it in my new rig)

Case
Thermaltake Black Commander MSII (red) - (Can use in new rig)

PSU
Cheaper thermaltake or something. 650W maybe, no idea yet.

Cooling
Not liquid at this point, but need something so I can OC the Phenom.

Only issue I have is can that Mobo OC the Phenom II 965 very well? I heard they can push 4Ghz but I might need a better mobo for that.

Thanks for your help and responses




1x8GB is a no,need dual channel,so get 2x4GB,something like 1600MHz CL8 if you can.

You only need around a 450w PSU,even with a 8350 and 7970 you only need 550w. TT psu's are good if you get the expensive ones,seasonic,corsair,xfx,antec are good budget PSU's.
You should have no problem pushing a 965 over 4.0 with that motherboard as long as it a C3 rev. CPU.
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You only need around a 450w PSU,even with a 8350 and 7970 you only need 550w. TT psu's are good if you get the expensive ones,seasonic,corsair,xfx,antec are good budget PSU's.
Completely agree. Either get a cheap 450W-500W PSU or buy the one you want to use in your next computer and swap it out later. If you can afford a good 750 now then go for it... you will save the 50-60 bucks on a PSU u will not need (you mentioned using this ram in your next build so why not save cash by getting just one PSU)
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Hey folks.

According to budget now, I am building the intermediate PC.

So far:

AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition
Asus M4A88T-M Motherboard
AMD Radeon HD 5770
4 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 RAM

^ All of this for $300

Thermaltake Black Commander MS-II Case $59
1 Extra 120mm LED Fan $19

PSU still not sure yet, might see if my friend has a spare one I can use for now.

Basically looking at just over $400 shipping and all,

Case, PSU and cooling still up for consideration.
Also dont have a monitor/keyboard, figure I can get nothing special around town as I dont have the money to buy gaming spec yet/
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I would say you cant do much better case wise mate that's as cheap as they get.
If you're looking for a PSU just to hold you until the new PC then check this one out this one. $26 at MSY... there are two stores in W.A. Its not the best unit but it will do you I think.. Max of 720W is more than enough.
Cooling you should have a look at something like this. Its good for a bit of overclocking but nothing too crazy.
As for the mouse and keyboard, just buy something half-decent until you save more money.
IMO a setup that's something like this will work for you and be very easy on the pocket..... However if you can squeeze a bit more cash from somewhere I would go for a proper PSU as you can later use it in the new rig and it will save you money on you're electricity bills in the mean time (the one I suggested would probably be horrible economy-wise). If you're mate has a spare one for sure you should take it. free stuff always rocks thumb.gif
Sorry if I'm repeating myself about the PSU, I was indecisive in the past and got stuck with 2 PSU's I didn't need. Threw them all away lol what a waste.
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I know I'm coming from a slight biased stand point as the seller of these parts, but I must say that you're better off spending the little bit of extra money now and getting a quality PSU for two reasons. First and foremost, you'll learn fast that cheap PSU's suck, they quit, their loud or they can even fry your parts. Second, as you keep getting better and more parts, you'll want more watts eventually running through and wasting money on multiple PSU's as you just buy the minimum wattage needed. Trust me when I say to buy something with more wattage than you need for future use.

That being said, I have an XFX 550 watt Bronze I'll sell you cheap with the other parts. I also have a brand new in the box ThermalTake V3 Black Edition case if you want it. I'll PM you the more details as selling my stuff isn't exactly what this post should be used for lol.
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I would say you cant do much better case wise mate that's as cheap as they get.
If you're looking for a PSU just to hold you until the new PC then check this one out this one. $26 at MSY... there are two stores in W.A. Its not the best unit but it will do you I think.. Max of 720W is more than enough.
Cooling you should have a look at something like this. Its good for a bit of overclocking but nothing too crazy.
As for the mouse and keyboard, just buy something half-decent until you save more money.
IMO a setup that's something like this will work for you and be very easy on the pocket..... However if you can squeeze a bit more cash from somewhere I would go for a proper PSU as you can later use it in the new rig and it will save you money on you're electricity bills in the mean time (the one I suggested would probably be horrible economy-wise). If you're mate has a spare one for sure you should take it. free stuff always rocks thumb.gif
Sorry if I'm repeating myself about the PSU, I was indecisive in the past and got stuck with 2 PSU's I didn't need. Threw them all away lol what a waste.
No,do not buy a no-name PSU. Just don't even think about it.
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I know I'm coming from a slight biased stand point as the seller of these parts, but I must say that you're better off spending the little bit of extra money now and getting a quality PSU for two reasons. First and foremost, you'll learn fast that cheap PSU's suck, they quit, their loud or they can even fry your parts. Second, as you keep getting better and more parts, you'll want more watts eventually running through and wasting money on multiple PSU's as you just buy the minimum wattage needed. Trust me when I say to buy something with more wattage than you need for future use.

That being said, I have an XFX 550 watt Bronze I'll sell you cheap with the other parts. I also have a brand new in the box ThermalTake V3 Black Edition case if you want it. I'll PM you the more details as selling my stuff isn't exactly what this post should be used for lol.

XFX is a quality PSU,most of their units are re-branded Seasonic units. That would be a perfect PSU for your needs OP.
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Without Fated's opinion here as he is biased tongue.gif

But opinions on case, Thermaltake Black Commander MS-II or Thermaltake V3 Black Edition?
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Hi everyone!

It seems I may have all the parts organised now and am looking at having my *new* PC built soon enough.

I am getting:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition - Bundled with the Mobo and GPU for $200
Mobo: Asus M4A88T-M Motherboard
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5770
RAM: 4 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 RAM - $100
CASE: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition - $40
Extra Cooling: 1 Extra 120mm LED Fan - $19
PSU: XFX 550W Bronze PSU - $40
Disk Drive: Sony DVD-RW Drive - Being thrown in FREE with the rest of the rig

That is a total $399 + Shipping which will probably be 40 or so dollars since everything will be shipped packed into the case.

This is all thanks to the help of a great new friend here at OCN who offered me these parts for wonderful proces.

I will of course need to get keyboard and a monitor (I have a mouse), but I can get them locally for either next to nothing or free smile.gif

Thanks all for your help on this. I know I didn't get anything like what I originally planned which sucks. I hate having to buy on a budget, but I am glad the wonderful forum here has allowed me to find a gaming rig for less than $400!!!

I will still be building a beast later on in the year. Something like the best AMD chip out when i go to buy, A much higher quality GPU, a Fatal1ty Mobo, Liquid cooling, 32Gb 2000+ Mhz RAM, etc etc. and I will look forward to this wonderful forum's help when it comes time to chose.

Thanks all, I will definitely be hanging around these forums from now on smile.gif

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Your wasting money on the RAM (for an AMD system). Personally, I would have left it alone and got an 2x8GB set with better timings. It could've been had under that.... if you shop right.
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Why do you need 16 gigs of ram? Do you do lots of digital editing? If not 8 is more than plenty. Don't bother getting anything less than 1600mhz.

If you intend on gaming in 1080p do not waste your time or money on a card with less than 2gb of ram. Don't get me wrong I love my 5770, it still lives on today, but when I went to 1080p it choked.

If we knew your budget we could help out alot more accurately.
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