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Old May 7, 2012, 04:56 PM
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Default New but older build for gaming

What I want to do is build a newer somewhat budget gaming pc that is new to me but with older cheaper tech. I also have a few of my own components from a older build I want to use.

So far I have come up with..

AMD X4 965 BE $110
ASUS M5A97 $89
Mushkin Frostbyte 8GB DDR1600 $37
Corsair AX650 PSU $135
Fractal Design Arc MIDI case $100

I already have a MSI GTX460 HAWK, WD 1TB Blue HDD and a DVDROM. I think these are still good enough for the family games we play together like WoW and SWTOR and maybe the new Mech Warrior: Online (when it comes out).
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Old May 7, 2012, 05:20 PM
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that looks great. Enjoy!
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Old May 7, 2012, 05:47 PM
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Toss a good cooler onto your list and it looks great for a budget gaming build.
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Old May 7, 2012, 06:23 PM
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Its solid but I would suggest going to intel for the CPU. Bottom line is that the 965 will serve you well and is a great processor, but there is really no upgrade path from it (FX CPU are a flop, and phenom II X6 are only marginally better in games and are becoming very difficult to find already). An i3 2100/2120 can perform as well or better, and it leaves you an upgrade path if you end up wanting more (i5 or i7, sandy bridge or ivy bridge).

I would suggest keeping your choices of parts, but swap to an intel motherboard of your choice and a 2100/2120, or if you can swing the extra few $ a 2400/2500k (that said I understand you are on a budget...I always shop in the bang for buck section of technology as well).

Here is a tomshardware review of sub $200 CPU, plus an OC 2500k for comparison.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...mark,3120.html

A summary chart from that review:
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Old May 7, 2012, 09:15 PM
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what is your budget for this?
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Old May 7, 2012, 09:55 PM
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First off, thank you all for your input.

I forgot to mention I recently bought a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo HSF but then my motherboard died the next day, hehe. Hence why I have some components from my "older" build. So I am looking to basically get my system back up to either the same performance or a bit better until I do a completely new system a couple of years later.

My budget is $500 set by the wife ;) and I thought I got lucky personally. I did look at the Intel solution with a i3 2100 but the problem was I couldn't find a motherboard to match it that I liked and well priced.
I found it extremely hard to find a better deal then the ASUS M5A97 for $88.

Since I mostly just play with my children and a few friends for some light gaming in World of Warcraft or StarWars: The Old Republic I wanted to keep it cheap but not to cheap, the "Best Bang for the Buck" kinda system ;)

The 2500K solution is out of the question for now.

I was offered an Antec HCP-850 but he said he doesn't trust the PSU because even though its a new "refurbished" unit because he believes its faulty somehow. Short version, thinks it took out his system somehow.

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I found it extremely hard to find a better deal then the ASUS M5A97 for $88.
Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra @79$ (can be pricematched to 70$ even)

only problem is no SLI (not cause the board isn't good enough, just that nVidia doesn't like sapphire, it does support quad xfire). The overclocking is also a little less top notch compared to some of the boards in the 160-200$ range but it can still get a good 4.8ghz out of an i5/i7...but anyways that is a non-issue with an i3 anyways!

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And if you were to compare even that minor grip with the ASUS...no SLI on the AMD board either for obvious reasons, and the ASUS board is only limited to one PCE-e 2.0 slot higher than 8x (16x) for xfire (the other one is only wired 4x and that is actually a limitation of the 970 chipset...if you want more u need to go for a 790, 890 or 990)!

Granted Sapphire has shit support in Canada I personally would much rather go for this intel solution over the AMD solution with an ASUS board!

just pair it with something like this and never look back with a budget like that!

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Old May 7, 2012, 11:25 PM
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oh wow. Did this recently go on sale or something? I've never seen this motherboard, I didn't even know they made motherboards, heh.
Ok well thanks, this has brought the intel solution into new light. I will have to go read some reviews on it and check out the features and whatnot.

haha darn you... I was so set on what I posted now I have mixed feelings and I want to get that Sapphire board but im nervous because its...well, from Sapphire.

Turns out this wont work for me only because I have a PCI-E network card for wireless net. I know sounds stupid but id have to get a PCI network card which then would just add to the price of the motherboard.

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Old May 8, 2012, 03:57 AM
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Nice build, here's my similar one.

Mobo : ASUS M5A88
CPU : Athlon II X4 645
RAM : Corsair Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1866
PSU : OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W ATX
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Green 750GB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB + WD Caviar Blue 640GB 5400RPM 64MB
GPU : EVGA Nvidia 460GTX 1GB
Case : CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower

All I'm waiting for now is my RAM, if it's not arrived by may 15 (Diablo III release) I'm gonna scream.

3 weeks shipping from Vancouver to Quebec is pretty damn retarded. Why did you have to use canada post DC why?!?

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Old May 8, 2012, 06:14 AM
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give this a whirl;

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ $109.99

ASUS M5A97 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ $88

Corsair XMS3 Dominator CMP8GX3M2B1333C9 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 $34.65

Seasonic S12II 620W $89.99

Total: $322.63 + taxes

plenty left over for a case of your choice.

Btw that mobo is awesome, I have it and it overclocks very well, which is great because the 965 is a great oc'er especially with the hyper 212+ you have.

Should be a solid system for you.
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