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I have my sig rig, and I'll be upgrading my own eventually.

THIS THREAD, is for a Friend I'm building a PC for. and why do adequate when you can do better. Basically I have about $580-$600 to spend outright on a system. At first that total included a monitor. making this tough, but now I don't need the monitor. So I have $600 to spend and I don't need a HD or a DVD Drive. I'd like to get the best for the money obviously.

I think my Screen-shot above was a pretty rocking system for $560
(cosmo, is that a dildo in your avatar?)
It's cristei kerr, #1 ranked lpga golfer 'kissing' her kraft/nabisco championship trophy.
    
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I just read some terrible reviews on the Mobo in my screenshot, so I'll be revising my plan right now
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It's cristei kerr, #1 ranked lpga golfer 'kissing' her kraft/nabisco championship trophy.
Wait she's still around? and #1 now? Geez, what happened to ochoa? I know sorrenstam is an old man now but I still can't believe Kerr is #1 now! She used to be huge too didn't she?
    
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Will a Corsair 430-500 run the 5770 and a 1090T ok? I'd think probably. See my OP for new rig idea. screeny posting soon
Edited by xguntherc - 1/7/11 at 5:20pm
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RAM: $50 shipped Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) CAS 8 DDR3 1333mhz (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226101
CPU: $90 shipped AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=amd%20555
CPU cooler: $28 shipped CoolerMaster Hyper 212+

Motherboard: $165+$8ship ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD (open box)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...644R-_-Product
Case: $59 shipped COOLER MASTER HAF 912 mid atx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-233-_-Product
Power Supply: $39+$7ship OCZ/PCP&C Silencer 750w Quad 80-plus (recertified)
http://us-dc2-order.store.yahoo.net/...onId=ysco.cart
video card: $170 free ship ($159 AR) PowerColor 1GB Radeon HD 6850 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-374-_-Product

The 255 will easily unlock and overclock to a quadcore 4ghz for a fraction of the cost. I would have chosen a 1055 over a 965, but w/ the 255 at such a bargain, it would be the smart buy

grand total, this will put you at $615 upfront out the door, $595 after rebate.
Edited by cozmo5050 - 1/7/11 at 5:57pm
    
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How is this guys?

Not bad, honestly if you want the best for your buck, I'd focus around an 890gx setups (with 1090/1055 cpu) and save some money for a card for the long run. At this point in time, theres supposed to be some great cards comming in the next few months and I'd rather save the money with going with onboard (and getting better ram/psu/whatnot) then spending my budget on a card now and having overall components that aren't too long term.

Granted, I can't complain about the 870a mobo (I got one), but really, if it was me I'd just op for the 890gx with onboard video and spend the extra on getting other quality parts. The last thing you want to do is have to upgrade you video card and have to upgrade you PSU because it's not enough, or upgrade yadda yadda and end up spending extra.

Or if you want, I'll sell you my mobo
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Will a Corsair 430-500 run the 5770 and a 1090T ok? I'd think probably. See my OP for new rig idea. screeny posting soon
Yes, that should be fine. Once some time goes by and you/he decides to upgrade the video card and OC the processor and you might run into issues though.
    
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Thanks for the input tac, but It's not for me, it's for a friend. he wont be upgrading the graphics card.. probably at all. lol.

I also switched from the 870A (read terrible reviews on newegg about issues) and I switched to the ASRock Extreme3, and then got a decent 500w PSU.
Check out screenshot in OP for my new Build
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post #19 of 34
Try:
Phenom II x6 1055T + ASUS M4A87TD EVO - $260
OCZ Special Ops 2x2 1600 8-8-8 - $45
Antec Truepower New 650 + Sapphire HD 6850 - $250, $235 AR
Rosewill Destroyer - $55 shipped (Same price as Antec 300 Illusion; your choice, though I don't think Antec 300 has very good cable management/bottom PSU hole)
1055T gift card - -$10
1055T incl. game - free
Total cost before rebates: Oh what do you know, exactly $600!
Total cost after rebates: $585

You could save more if you don't get the x6 (x2 or x4 should be fine for games); other than the RAM choice I rather like cozmo5050's suggestion (EDIT: Noticed you're video editing, the 6 cores will definitely help. More RAM as well [i.e. 8GB], but I have doubts as to whether it could fit your budget or not).
Edited by xd_1771 - 1/7/11 at 7:33pm
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Hmm, if your friend is upgrading from a 5 year old Mac, I assume the friend does not currently play games. So, why get a fairly expensive video card when it's not currently needed and unlikely to be used? AMD's newest micro ATX motherboards come with HDMI output and should meet your friend's needs just fine. If at some later point he/she wants to get into gaming, or finds the integrated graphics to be too slow, then you can always get a card at that point. But seeing as the friend is use to a 5 year old Mac, I don't think you're going to hear any complaints. The 880G chipset with HD4250 integrated graphics is more than enough for watching 1080p movies on his HDTV and should handle photo and video editing.

System for your friend:
$105 - AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9GHz + Biostar 880G
$44 - 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1333
$30 - Antec Earthwatts 430W PSU (after $5 promo code and $25 MIR)
$75 - 64GB Kingston SSD (after $35 MIR)
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$254 + cost of case (pick one up locally to save money, or for about $45 on Newegg, less if you wait for a deal)

That will more than meet your friend's needs and save him/her a lot of money. The SSD will give it a very noticeable speed increase, more than dumping more money on a 6-core CPU for single core usage.

EDIT: Just anticipating the responses about the video editing... let's be honest, your friend has been using a 5 year old Mac and is getting the work done just fine so he/she obviously isn't doing hard core video editing that needs a quad or 6 core CPU. Going from the junk that was in that Mac to a 3+ GHz Athlon II X2 will be like night and day to your friend.
Edited by durch - 1/7/11 at 7:53pm
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