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My friend (who happens to be stuck on only a netbook ATM) wants to play Fallout, CoD, and upcoming games at playable FPS and good quality on a budget. This is what I came up with. Any criticisms/suggestions? Thanks for your help! First build btw!

Phenom II x4 925 2.8 ghz.
The cheapest Deneb chip on Newegg. Doesn't make me have to deal with the risk involved with unlocking a 555 to a quad-core. I don't want to risk getting my friend stuck with a dual-core. Any words on overclocking with the locked multiplier?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103916

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX Motherboard
Great reputation, appears to be a solid board. Only $74 with rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131402

XFX 6870
$200 shipped. I'm torn between Sapphire's aftermarket cooler which blows tons of hot air into the case and this reference one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150506

PNY XLR8 4GB 1600 mhz cas 8
Cheap, fast RAM with tight timings for the price. $40 shipped with rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820178265

Seagate 1TB 7200rpm
10 bucks off with a promo code, supposedly reliable. Also in a combo with the PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148433

Corsair A70
2 fans, big, cheaper than Hyper 212+, good performer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835181011

Thermaltake TR2 500 watt PSU
Very cheap after promo code and rebate, although I'm not sure whether to stick with this or go for a big name like Seasonic or Corsair. I know well enough not to skimp here, and this seems like a quality unit. The reviews say good things about it too. That 5 year warranty is also a big plus. Comes in a combo with the HDD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153113

Cooler Master Storm Scout
Great looking case with all the necessities. 15 bucks less with the promo code than the 690 II Advanced which was the previous choice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196

Asus Black 24X SATA DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
$100. He wants a legit copy.

AOC e2343F 23" Widescreen LED HD Monitor - 1080p, 1920x1080, 16:9, 5ms, 5000000:1 Dynamic, VGA, DVI, Tilt
My friend has made up his mind here. great specs for the price, $170 (Not included in build total).
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...977&CatId=5469

-Total: ~$750
Max is $800. Rebates are subtracted from total.
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Samsung Spinpoint 120 GB (IDE) Windows 2000 HP 2159m (21.5 in) Microsoft OEM 
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post #2 of 12
TBH for that sort of money I would cahnge out a few things and get these



Better all round and save money else where like the case for instance and im sure you can get copys of win 7 for less than that
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Of course it's slightly better, but ~$150 more without a significant performance boost? I considered that ta890fxe but the benefits just were not enough to justify spending that much more. There won't be any ridiculous overclocking going on, just something to speed it up a little. The flares would surely be overkill for this build too. Even having a quad-core is a stretch. It likely won't ever be seriously stressed. He's not really an enthusiast, he just wants to play. No video editing, no encoding, and no benching except for what I will do after it is built. The upgrade I see as most likely would be from the 6870 to the 6950, which would be unlocked. As for the PSU, I may go for higher wattage for a 6950 or a better brand with 80+. The OS is eating a lot of part money too.
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You might want to consider Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 CL9 for $50, $35 AR. I know it's CL9 but this kit can manage up to 2000Mhz at CL9, and at 1600 can definitely manage CL8, sometimes 7-8-7. Hey, saves you some.

Be wary of A70, it mounts upward so that the fans blow up to the top (I do this with my Dark Knight and it's not an issue, but it might be for you so just so you know).
You might want to consider this 925 + Xigmatek GAIA combo. It's inexpensive, it's a variant of the HDT-S1283 which is/was a great Xigmatek cooler, and it has mountings so you can mount the cooler blowing towards the rear fan rather than top.
I wouldn't trust that PSU for something as power-heavy as the 6870. Thermaltake TR2 really aren't very good PSUs. Look for something such as Antec NEO ECO

Your DVD drive is also a massive ripoff ($27!? Doesn't even have lightscribe support so no.) This Lite-ON for $16 shipped after promo code is much cheaper and is also 24X.
post #5 of 12
all looks perfect except that ugly unreliable psu right there
oh btw DVD|RW 16$ shipped with promo code that asus dvd of urs is 26$ shipped
PSU 45$ after promo code + rebate
HD 6850 160$ AR (no reason to get 6870 when 6850 overclocks so easly to 6870 levels)
Ram 35$ AR is known to do 8-8-8-24 @ 1600Mhz no problems even 7-8-7-24

good luck with the build ! <3 the case , its gonna be my next purchase

*edit* xd_1771 beat me
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I'm definitely going for all three of those. I would have never known the hyperx kit woud perform like that, thanks. Corsair also had me with the 2 fans, but I prefer the regular mounting with the Gaia. Thanks for pointing that out. The neo 620 was on my list before I was told the OS had to be in the budget so it's going back in now. +1
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Please don't get a 6850. Get a 6870/6950. You won't regret it with the coming titles.
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Yeah, I doubt that an overclocked 6850 can compete with a 6870 while staying at decent temps. It also doesn't cost much less. The 6950 unlocked to a 6970 looks like the best deal on the market right now. Still rabbit, thanks for the input.
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Originally Posted by r00t_b33r1270 View Post
Yeah, I doubt that an overclocked 6850 can compete with a 6870 while staying at decent temps. It also doesn't cost much less. The 6950 unlocked to a 6970 looks like the best deal on the market right now. Still rabbit, thanks for the input.
agree 6950 for the win but if u take 6850 now u can add another one in later for CF since both the mobo and antec 620w will handle it but that depends on budget flexibility
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post #10 of 12
^ True


I just ordered a 6870. I will hold off on getting another one unless I need it.


Thats what I recommend.
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