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Alright guys I'm in some need to turn my PC around by going into the AMD budget gaming range.

Uses:
- Everything, but gaming is what currently suffers on my build.
- Only really play SC2 and CS 1.6 sometimes TF2, CSS, etc.
- 1680x1050 res, I don't max out settings

Need:
- CPU: AMD < $170
- Motherboard: Prefer Gigabyte, not too picky though, don't use dual cards and only OC mildy so should be able to get a fairly cheap one. < $110?
- RAM: DDR3, 4GB < $70
- GPU: This may come a month after the above parts, seeking NVIDIA that doesn't overheat or is wicked loud like my 8800GT, < $160

Have:
- Case: Antec 1200
- PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W
- OS: Windows 7 Home Prem 64-Bit OEM
- HD: 80GB + 500GB Western Digitals
- Optical: LG DVD-Burner
- GPU: PNY 8800GT 512MB, looking to ditch it.

Question: Seeing I have the OEM version of Windows can I just call and reactivate it? I'm not using another system but I know how they stick to motherboards or something.
Edited by tensionz - 12/11/10 at 4:13pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 995 BE @ 3.60GHz ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 MSI R7-260X 2GB OC 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB Western Digital Blue LG DVD-Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Home x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 226BW 22" LCD 2ms Logitech K120 XFX Core Edition PRO-550W Cooler Master HAF 912 
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AMD Phenom II X4 995 BE @ 3.60GHz ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 MSI R7-260X 2GB OC 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB Western Digital Blue LG DVD-Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Home x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 226BW 22" LCD 2ms Logitech K120 XFX Core Edition PRO-550W Cooler Master HAF 912 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G400 SteelSeries QcK Mass SteelSeries Siberia V2 USB Dayton B652 Speakers w/ Lepai AMP 
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Need:
- CPU: AMD < $170
  1. Phenom II x4 955be - $145
  2. Phenom II x6 1055t - $180
- Motherboard: < $110?
  1. Asus M4A78T-E - $110
  2. Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H - $110 ($99 AR)
- RAM: DDR3, 4GB < $105
  • G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB - $65
- GPU: nVidia < $160
  1. GTX 460 (Asus, Gigabyte, eVGA, MSI)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 995 BE @ 3.60GHz ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 MSI R7-260X 2GB OC 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB Western Digital Blue LG DVD-Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Home x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 226BW 22" LCD 2ms Logitech K120 XFX Core Edition PRO-550W Cooler Master HAF 912 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G400 SteelSeries QcK Mass SteelSeries Siberia V2 USB Dayton B652 Speakers w/ Lepai AMP 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 995 BE @ 3.60GHz ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 MSI R7-260X 2GB OC 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB Western Digital Blue LG DVD-Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Home x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 226BW 22" LCD 2ms Logitech K120 XFX Core Edition PRO-550W Cooler Master HAF 912 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G400 SteelSeries QcK Mass SteelSeries Siberia V2 USB Dayton B652 Speakers w/ Lepai AMP 
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post #4 of 4
Actually the 955BE can be had for $135.50
And the 1055T for $175
Hooray for loopholes!

Some better RAM choices:
Kingston 1600 9-9-9 $70, $40 AR
PNY 1600 8-8-8 $63, $43 AR
G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 7-8-7 (6-8-6 capable), $75 (quite a bit higher but sadly nothing proven capable of 7-8-7 or below can match this price)
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