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So I have a friend that wants a system and is giving me a $600 budget to build him something. I have been out of the "loop" on current hardware for a bit and just wanted some suggestions.

Here is what I have currently picked out.



HDD and Case are not a huge issue. He can salvage that from his old PC. If I can get the price down on this enough to afford an HDD with out losing too much power it would be nice. The games he plays most are BF:BC2 and L4D2. It would be nice if this system could last him a while, he is not terribly worried about being able to max every game out for the next 2 years but being able to play current gen games would be nice (he currently has a 7600).

Anyway, input is good. Feel free to go a completely different route with the system. I was just trying to get the most power for the least cash.


EDIT: The dude does not OC at all. (I figured that was important info on an overclocking forum)
Edited by Reebbo - 1/25/11 at 7:40pm
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DO NOT get a rosewill PSU, it will die......you have been warned. try a corsair,ocz, or anything that is not a rosewill, other than that, looks good.
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Originally Posted by saw4974 View Post
DO NOT get a rosewill PSU, it will die......you have been warned. try a corsair,ocz, or anything that is not a rosewill, other than that, looks good.
Sounds fair enough to me.

I was hesitant on the PSU and knew it I was doing wrong by skimping in that area. Probably the worst place to cut corners to save $$.
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HOLD IT RIGHT THERE
There is no way in hell I am going to let you get that RAM kit, which requires MORE THAN 1.5V for the generic timings for a ripoff $42 price (you can get much, MUCH better for $42). I don't like the Rosewill PSU either.

Here is my parts list. xd to the rescue--
Gigabyte GTS 450 + Antec NEO ECO 520W - $170, $145 AR
Phenom II x4 965 + ASUS M4A79XTD EVO - $249, $234 AR
Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 CL9 - $42.50 after promo code DM15A0111US, $32.50 AR (very potent and overclockable kit for $10 less after rebate - even if you don't overclock, that's a deal!)
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - There is no more reason to use x86, x64 comes with complete 32-bit backwards compatibility and is more future-proof. $100.
Total price - for a much lower and much more comfortable $561.50 before rebates, you get much MUCH better parts
After rebates - $511.50
Edited by xd_1771 - 1/25/11 at 7:59pm
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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - There is no more reason to use x86, x64 comes with complete 32-bit backwards compatibility and is more future-proof. $100.
No idea why I chose x86. I meant to get x64. Why do they even make x86 anymore? sheesh.


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Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 CL9 - $42.50 after promo code DM15A0111US, $32.50 AR (very potent and overclockable kit for $10 less after rebate - even if you don't overclock, that's a deal!)
I am down for that RAM. Thanks for the input.
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