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This was a 700 dollar budget build. The graphics card was a request, as well as the CPU, and the Mobo had all the specifications the guy wanted(Enough Sata ports, x16_8x PCIe2.0) The customer also wanted a pretty nice case with good air flow.

Heres what I had in mind.. Skimp out on HDD Capacity, and Optical drive (Opticals can screw you shipping, so free shipping was kinda a must) The overkill (....overkill?) PSU was he did mention eventually setting up a Crossfire X configuration..

SO here it is, this was MY build, and below the build, I will show you one of the reviews I got.

**** The links don't work, if it wasn't already obvious ****

Motherboard
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131402

Graphics Card
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102908

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822152244

Case
NZXT LEXA S LEXS
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811146060

Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103808

RAM (memory)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231277

Optical Drive
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151192

Power Supply
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817151095

Total Cost (Not including shipping): $702.92

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Heres the review I got:

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The ASUS board is overpriced. One of AMDs few advantages is cheaper boards for their CPUs, and cutting that corner cuts a big portion of why people choose an AMD build. There are a number of capable boards who offer the same features for 80$ or under. BUT ITS ASUS! BUT IT LOOKS PRETTY! BUT ITS BETTER! No. It's not. Gigabyte, BioStar, or even a cheaper ASUS board would do just fine.

Slightly cheaper 2x fan 6850: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125348

The Lexa is an overpriced, overplastic, and unideal case in nearly every sense of the word. If it didn't have a bottom mounted PSU it wouldn't have any redeeming qualities at all. A lot of choosing a case is personal choice, but there are some things, such as materials used and build quality that have nothing to do with preference. Its a plasticky ricer case, its like some rich kids riced up Honda Civic, its just embarrassing on every level.

The Samsung burner is down to 3 eggs. For 3$ more you could get something much higher rated. Though newegg reviewers usually have no idea what they're talking about, if a DVD drive of all things is down to 3 eggs, there might be a manufac or quality control problem with it.

Finally this build doesn't need anywhere near 620w of power and it certainly doesn't need a SeaSonic. A cheaper Antec Earthwatts, anywhere from 480w and up, would undoubtedly handle this build with ease. A really bad case of overspending and overcompensating here. You're putting a BMW powersupply in a Toyota build. v.v

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What I am asking is, is this a decent build for a customer, and was this review correct? Should I skimp on quality for price....?

I am still pretty new at building gaming rigs, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by Nilareon - 1/4/11 at 9:02am
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The links do not work

Overall the build is ok, I would try to fit some sort of non stock cooler in the build.

Also I believe the 6850 can be flashed to 6870
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135221

I've had a couple of these and all have worked wonderfully for me.

A lot of what was in the review is pretty good info, I would adjust to most everything they said about your build.
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Originally Posted by jasonhardin View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135221

I've had a couple of these and all have worked wonderfully for me.

A lot of what was in the review is pretty good info, I would adjust to most everything they said about your build.
Biostar... 4 pin power phase.... Eaither one PCIe slot @ 16x, or two slots, one at 16x, one at 4x... RAM slots... no higher than DDR 1600 unless you pay something equal to a regular Asus model... I don't see the logic in that review or your comment. I don't want to skimp out on a mobo, its the most important part....

I agree with the GPU, but the one I picked was the one the customer told me to purchase...

I don't understand the thinking, why by a board that can barley support todays technology, when you can get one for 15 dollars more than can support todays current technology.

I'm not skimping out on mobo... especially for a light green and light blue board. There ugly.
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Biostar... 4 pin power phase.... Eaither one PCIe slot @ 16x, or two slots, one at 16x, one at 4x... RAM slots... no higher than DDR 1600 unless you pay something equal to a regular Asus model... I don't see the logic in that review or your comment. I don't want to skimp out on a mobo, its the most important part....

I agree with the GPU, but the one I picked was the one the customer told me to purchase...

I don't understand the thinking, why by a board that can barley support todays technology, when you can get one for 15 dollars more than can support todays current technology.

I'm not skimping out on mobo... especially for a light green and light blue board. There ugly.
Exactly! Do not skimp on the motherboard. The ability for the motherboard to grow with the user is important, I've skimped on this in the past and only went for my current need and always regret it.
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The links are broken, but I'm sure the dual-fan 6850 you are referencing is the Gigabyte one - if so make sure you get the stock clocks card. DO NOT get the overclock model; it has a different voltage regulator which prevents the high level overclocks. I have the stock-clock one and it is without doubt the best of the 6850's, running cool and quiet with very high overclock potential - higher than a stock 6870.

And no you cannot flash a 6850 into a 6870 as someone above suggested; that's the 6950 to 6970.

Good choice on the rest of the components, though I agree with the review that you could probably get a better value PSU - that said, if crossfire is a potential option you should probably look at an Antec TPN 750 if they're on special still - great value and very reliable.

Finally, try and squeeze a little more budget out to get an aftermarket heatsink/fan. About $30 should get you a CM Hyper212+ which will allow a nice overclock on the CPU.

Everything else looks right - don't skimp on the motherboard at all and in fact, it's a MUST to make sure the MB can handle x6 core AMD chips so a future upgrade is easily available. I'd rather see you get an x3 740 with the hope of unlocking or the possibility of replacing later. Best to establish a strong case/motherboard/PSU combination and balance the rest with compromise, as the remaining components will likely be upgraded easier or sooner than your baseline.

As far as the case, my instincts always revert back to the Rosewill Challenger - not the prettiest case, though by no means unattractive, but it has ALL the features for a gaming rig: bottom mount PSU, cable management, high airflow, 140mm top fan for a vertical mount cooler on your AMD CPU (works wonders for CPU overclocks), black paint inside and out, cheap, free shipping, and Toms Hardware recommended buy - not that I give two ****s about that ...
Edited by willibj - 1/4/11 at 12:22pm
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mainly what that review was saying is that just because it looks better or cost more it doesn't mean that it is better. I have owned a lot of cheap mobo's that have been able to outrun and outlast the $100 more boards.
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Looks great to me
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