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Here's 2 combos I would get:
AMD 965 + 4GB DDR3
Biostar Mobo + 6850
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Originally Posted by Frank08 View Post
Here's 2 combos I would get:
AMD 965 + 4GB DDR3
Biostar Mobo + 6850
so you'd recommend the 965 over the 955?
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so you'd recommend the 965 over the 955?
We'll since they're the same price, you may as well get the 965. It's pretty much the same thing as the 955 with a tiny bump in speed.
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Okay you guys... enough with the really dumb 965 + weak 4+1 or 3+1 phase idea. Do you really want this guy's system to take the blow in the future?
There are only a few mATX AMD boards I can rectify for safe 125W operation but they cost a lot, i.e. the Biostar TA890GXE (quality 4+1 heatsinked VRM). Otherwise your best choice would be to take a small downgrade to a 95W TDP processor such as the Phenom II x4 840, which runs at an equal 3.2Ghz and lower 95W TDP, just not black edition and no L3 cache. But really, do you need L3 cache if all you want to do is playback video? Do you need 4 cores even!? Forgot this was not just HTPC build

Also.... 965 not worth the $20 premium over 955 since both are black edition anyway and OC similarly
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/25/11 at 3:39pm
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Okay you guys... enough with the really dumb 965 + weak 4+1 or 3+1 phase idea. Do you really want this guy's system to take the blow in the future?
There are only a few mATX AMD boards I can rectify for safe 125W operation but they cost a lot, i.e. the Biostar TA890GXE (quality 4+1 heatsinked VRM). Otherwise your best choice would be to take a small downgrade to a 95W TDP processor such as the Phenom II x4 840, which runs at an equal 3.2Ghz and lower 95W TDP, just not black edition and no L3 cache. But really, do you need L3 cache if all you want to do is playback video? Do you need 4 cores even!? Forgot this was not just HTPC build

Also.... 965 not worth the $20 premium over 955 since both are black edition anyway and OC similarly
Well, he said that they're not going to overclock, so I'm sure the board will be able to handle it at stock. Also, the 955 and the 965 are the same price on newegg right now.
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Perhaps the M3A770DE if strictly sticking to stock & stock cooler, but definitely not the Biostar 3+1 boards.
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I was considering the bundle that frank08 posted. the motherboard is here. Also, he does have a dvd drive and hard drive. So I was thinking of changing the vid card from a 6850 to a 5870. and yeah, no overclocking.

Would a motherboard still blow up even with no ocing?
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post #18 of 19
here's a super cheap deal that last 1 more day
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-017-_-Product
Corsair Builder Series CX430 430W ATX Power Supply $13.99 Free Shipping
this is not 80+ certified but can easily reach 80% efficiency

here's another super saving deal
XFX Radeon HD5870 1GB HDCP PCI-E Video Card (Eyefinity, DX11) w/ Tranferrable Lifetime Warranty $169.99AR Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814150476

but i doubt the 400w are good enough for these badboys
so i would get at least 500
650w+ can also xfire later
XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650W - 65$ ar
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-002-_-Product
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W - 65$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-044-_-Product
Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W Power Supply - 69.99$ ar
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...663&CatId=2533

or here super super super cheap
OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ700SXS2 700W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply 35$ AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-040-_-Product
only downfall here is, it has lots of doa reviews on newegg - can always rma

*edit*
also instead of 1tb samsung for 65$
samsung f4 2tb are only 75$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-245-_-Product
in terms of performance it's not that much worse compared to the f3's
you'll find lots of good reviews on it, seems the firmware issue is solved but dont quote me on that
it's the best bang for your buck

also do you really need quadcore?
here's athlon's tri-core at 3.2 ghz for only 80$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-886-_-Product
not many applications/games/videos can fully utilize this cpu, at 80$ this is a steal
also there's a hidden potential that it can unlock to quad core (turns into a phenom II!!!)
again this is one of those best bang for your buck
this cpu probably doesn't bottleneck til you need a better system for higher performance gaming
ie. crysis 2 with eyefinity

for casing how about this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=hec%20blitz
only 40$ shipped - cheap/decent airflow/decent asesthics

processor - 80
memory - 50
case - 40
power supply - 35
5870 - 170
f4 2tb - 75
motherboard - 90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-198-_-Product

total = 540 after rebate
since there's a lil money to spare probably get a aftermarket hsf
cm hyper 212+ is good for 30$ on tigerdirect
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0641&CatId=798

total = 570$

oh and if you want mAtx board + case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.613255
NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel + MSI 760GM-E51 = 124$
sexy looking case, board not so much and lacks xfire support
total = 564$ with aftermarket HSF

most of these deals last limited time, so you'll have to find other deals later on yourself if you pass them up for now
Edited by tat098 - 3/26/11 at 11:54pm
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here's a super cheap deal that last 1 more day
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-017-_-Product
Corsair Builder Series
...
total = 570$

most of these deals last limited time, so you'll have to find other deals later on yourself if you pass them up for now
Thank you for taking the time and posting everything everyone.
I actually picked up a 450 for a friend that played WoW. Good budget cpu.

Here's what I'm sticking with at the moment. My friend will be making the purchase monday. If any other deals come up, I'll take them into consideration. Note: He has a sata dvd and sata hard drive he's reusing. :
Xigmatek Asgard II case 30
Antec Earthwatts 500 60
5870 and ta880gb+ 244
amd 965 and 4gb ram 189
Total before rebates:585.57. Including shipping and taxes.

a 500w psu is recommended for the 5870. I'm sure it doesn't need a 500, but I couldn't find actual power consumption.

I'll be giving him my amd cpu cooler. It looks like one of these.

He does plan to play battlefield 3 when it releases.

At first I was going for a matx case, but am wondering if the 5870 wouldn't cook in a matx case. If I remove the xigmatek, I'd be able to add a case thats below 45.57. The only decent case I see at that price point is the CM elite 341 for 45.

Should I use the cm case, or use the xigmatek?

thanks again for all your input.
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