Student's Budget PC
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September 23, 2012, 07:48 PM
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There are some awesome prices right now for the Phenom II X4s, 955BE and 965BE are both under 100$ at newegg.ca.
Cooling however should be done by a 3rd party unit, I strongly suggest Cooler master 212 Evo
Mobo : an AM3+ platform which will keep your options open further, when Vishera FX will become more affordable, I would go with eyes closed on the Asus M5A97 R2.0, good VRM cooling and well spaced design.
RAM : a kit at 1866, for Win 7 and gaming, even 2x2GB is fine but you can go ballistic with 8GB if you want, I would go with some GSKILL, item # N82E16820231455 on newegg.ca seems best option. You might want to check however the clearance with the CM 212 but I don't think there will be clearance issues.
Storage : a 120/128GB SSD should cut the mustard just fine, if you want to give it a whirl, Revo Drive at 120GB is a mere 109$ on newegg.ca. Second best I would pick Intel 330/520 or Crucial M4 all at same capacity.
Video card I would look directly at GTX 560Ti 448 cores or GTX 570, EVGA implementations in general are quiet cards.
Power Supply : modern, single rail design, modular or not, something Seasonic OEM , style XFX Core 650, or Corsair VX/HX. Very good PSU reviews you get o hardwaresecrets.com.
Case : I have seen that Cooler Master HAF 912 was an interesting design, with perforated bottom for the PSU mount.
My System Specs
DFI Lan Party Dark T2RS (modded to accept LGA 771 Xeons)
LGA 771 Xeon X5460 @ 3.2 GHz
8 GB DDR2
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB
Antec EarthWatts Green 380
32" Samsung LCD TV
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