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Help me out guys.
I'm doing a client build and he has a budget of $500.
Would be nice to keep the cost below $470ish.

He does want a good processor and a decent graphics card.

Here is my proposed list, tell me what you think.

Phenom II x4 840:



Gskill Ripjaws:

Biostar AM3 board:

Rosewill 400w:

GTX 460:

CM Centurion 5:

I can take the HDD and DVD drive from his old PC. (Or should I buy a new HDD?)

Note that I am prohibited from buying from Newegg.

What do you think?
Edited by kiwiasian - 3/10/11 at 7:58pm
post #2 of 8
x4 840 + TA880GB+ - $170 (Good for stock speed operation)
Ripjaws 2x2 CL7-8-7 RAM for $50 after promo (see thread)
HEC Blitz - $42 shipped
Rosewill Green 630W - $50 after promo (actually a decent PSU!)
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 460 768MB - $150, $130 AR
Total: $462 - $442 AR
Sort of an exact copy of another suggestion I just made about 3 hours ago, but it does fit pretty well!

What is his HDD? It would probably be fine

Also if you can buy from Microcenter, you win. They have decent x4 840 + board combos.
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/10/11 at 9:00pm
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Can you give us some idea what the intended use for the pc is? Do you need an operating system?

And where CAN you buy from? Microcenter? TigerDirect? Amazon?
post #4 of 8
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No retail stores, and no online retailers based in CA. (tax kills the price)
So I'm realistically limited to Amazon.
post #5 of 8
The power supply seems really weak at least get an antec 550w one.
    
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Decent build so far, but I wouldn't suggest that board due to 2+1 powerphase. Would be fine for a 65w cpu, but the 95w will be pushing it. I actually used that board for my daughters build (athlon x2 250) and it was fine other than the aweful 24pin placement, but not built for a phenom.

This

is a great little board and gives you a much better chipset to boot.

Other than that, looks fine.
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samsung 840 samsung  Thermaltake water 3.0 win7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
MouseMouse PadAudio
anker vertical ocz sony 5.25" bookshelfs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
960t M4A89GTD-proUSB3 pny 660Ti samsung wonder ram 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Samsung F3 Samsung 840 250GB LG external DVD/R 212 evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ViewSonic ViewSonic VX2739wm model m Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li A05FNB (flipped to A05NB) Razer Deathadder Black edt. OCZ behemoth Audio Technica ATH-AD500 
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Badwrench View Post
Decent build so far, but I wouldn't suggest that board due to 2+1 powerphase. Would be fine for a 65w cpu, but the 95w will be pushing it. I actually used that board for my daughters build (athlon x2 250) and it was fine other than the aweful 24pin placement, but not built for a phenom.

This Biostar 880G is a great little board and gives you a much better chipset to boot.

Other than that, looks fine.
Thank you.
Was not aware that it had 2+1 power phase...
post #8 of 8
Spending on Newegg despite taxes can sometimes beat other sites' deals. It all depends on the balance of prices, really. I believe with 10% tax in Cali, the CL7-8-7 Ripjaws kit would cost $55 - still a good $1.50 lower than the inferior CL9 Ripjaws.

And if you think 10% taxes are bad, get this: I pay 12% taxes in BC. On everything, no exceptions. Computer parts, food, other goods... and there aren't any tax-exempt stores here.
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