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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $350.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $350.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Two problems with this build. First and foremost that PSU is totally crap. Second dat Biostar motherboard you picked is a steaming load of horse spatoot. Also you picked the more expensive (though only by a couple dollars) 965 which cannot overclock as far as the 955. Sure OP wont overclock right away, but after he gets a nicer CPU cooler with the mobo I picked, he will get a pretty decent overclock.

Nice choice on the case though, didn't realize it was so cheap.

*EDIT* Ok my motherboard I picked wasn't all that great, a better choice would be this one http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97ler20 for $90
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Two problems with this build. First and foremost that PSU is totally crap. Second dat Biostar motherboard you picked is a steaming load of horse spatoot. Also you picked the more expensive (though only by a couple dollars) 965 which cannot overclock as far as the 955. Sure OP wont overclock right away, but after he gets a nicer CPU cooler with the mobo I picked, he will get a pretty decent overclock.

Nice choice on the case though, didn't realize it was so cheap.

*EDIT* Ok my motherboard I picked wasn't all that great, a better choice would be this one http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97ler20 for $90

I picked that psu because it was the only one that was decent enough that would fit the $350 budget. The cx 500 is not the best psu but it is hardly crap.

Why is that biostar board rubbish?

Why cant the 965 overclock as far as the 955?
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I picked that psu because it was the only one that was decent enough that would fit the $350 budget. The cx 500 is not the best psu but it is hardly crap.

Why is that biostar board rubbish?

Why cant the 965 overclock as far as the 955?
In order.

Well that Antec I picked was of pretty good quality, and cheaper I might add.

Biostar boards for AM3+ are all rubbish, they use lower quality capacitors among other things. Alot of companies just didn't give one crap about AM3+, very sad. At least for lower end boards.

The 965 for some reason cannot get as high of a stable overclock as the 955, not sure why, they are basically the same chip, it just is that way.

*EDIT*
Not trying to bash ya, incase your wondering, it just looks to be that way.
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In order.

Biostar boards for AM3+ are all rubbish, they use lower quality capacitors among other things. Alot of companies just didn't give one crap about AM3+, very sad. At least for lower end boards.

The 965 for some reason cannot get as high of a stable overclock as the 955, not sure why, they are basically the same chip, it just is that way.

Im not being funny, but where did you get the information that all biostar AM3+ boards are rubbish? The ta970 and the ta990fxe use high quality mosfets.

I would choose a biostar board instead of an asrock board or any of the low end gigabyte asus or msi boards.
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Im not being funny, but where did you get the information that all biostar AM3+ boards are rubbish? The ta970 and the ta990fxe use high quality mosfets.
Its been a while, I found an article showing all the parts used and their quality, it was really fantastic, very nicely layed out and user friendly. I found out that surprisingly the Asus maximus is not the best AM3+ board, but actually the gigabyte UD5 was due to the quality of parts. Don't get me wrong, the Asus isn't bad in any way and it has more great features, but in terms of quality of parts, the UD5 was on top. Maybe things have changed, wouldn't surprise me. Really wish I could link it, or even find it, but its been quite a while.
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Two problems with this build. First and foremost that PSU is totally crap. Second dat Biostar motherboard you picked is a steaming load of horse spatoot. Also you picked the more expensive (though only by a couple dollars) 965 which cannot overclock as far as the 955. Sure OP wont overclock right away, but after he gets a nicer CPU cooler with the mobo I picked, he will get a pretty decent overclock.

Nice choice on the case though, didn't realize it was so cheap.

*EDIT* Ok my motherboard I picked wasn't all that great, a better choice would be this one http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97ler20 for $90

the biostar ta970 board is better then the m5a97 LE wink.gif
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if spending under 100$ the best boards are the M5A97 n the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 i prefer the UD3 thumb.gif
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1mJIk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1mJIk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1mJIk/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Wintec Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.61 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($72.48 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite Power 460W ATX12V Power Supply ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $359.03
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