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I haven't really kept up with computers for the last 10 years or so, but I am looking into finally putting a machine together for my gaming needs. I found this http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-AMD-PHENOM-X4-965-QUAD-CORE-CPU-ASUS-MOTHERBOARD-8GB-MEMORY-BUNDLE-COMBO-KIT-/250585074235#vi-content on the internet, I am not too entirely sure if this is a good deal or not, but if not can you guys help me find some alternatives? Or if it is good can you help me find the parts to build around this to complete my machine.
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At $983 this is more of a high end build. Using a great SSD for your primary boot a 660ti GPU and a gold rated PSU. Only thing I did not include was a tower since those are mostly personal preference. Keep in mind when picking a tower you are putting nearly 1,000$ worth of hardware inside it so you want something that will keep it protected. I would get something made out of steel and if you have the floor space for it a full tower, but a mid is acceptable. Beyond that find something you like aesthetically, I like my cases a bit more minimal with fewer LEDs so they dont light up my media room when I am trying to watch a movie.
If this is a bit too expensive you could probably save roughly $180 by removing the SSD and going with an AMD equivalent GPU. I like the 660TI for its price point, not the most powerful on the market but it will max anything currently on the market. Then in 2 years or so if you want to boost your performance just pick up a 2nd one and go SLI. There is nothing wrong with the AMD cards I went NVIDIA though since I have been using them for the past 5 years or so now and been very very happy with them. They have come a long way with their drivers in recent years which was always their knock.
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It is over priced. The processor is worth $100, the MB is $70, and the memory is worth roughly $50. So you are looking at $220 for the parts. The MB is a low end budget micro ATX board, it is not terrible but not something I would build a gaming PC around.
There are several of us here that can help get you going in the correct direction. First thing we need though is a budget, be it $400, $800, or $1200. We also need to know what all you need, ie do you need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS, speakers...and so on. Those items can really cut into a budget when you figure Win7 is going to run you roughly $100 and a good monitor is going to run you another $150ish.
^ Palor hit it on the dot, we need to know a budget that you're willing to spend. What I can tell you is that if you have a microcenter near you you can get a lot of good deals on computer gear. I was looking for a 3570k and found a 3770k for the same price from microcenter, almost $100 saved for a better cpu. Let us know! :D
Thank you guys for the quick replies, I am gearing more towards maybe a 1k budget, i am not going to be buying this all at once mostly in separate pieces, just trying to work on my goal setting, should only take me a couple months to get all parts. Even if its a little over 1k i don't mind, I do not need any OS or anything like that I have it all. I would like to enjoy pretty labor intensive games on great settings with little to no frame drop or anything like that though.
1k for the guts is very doable. With that price you can probably even do a SSD for some great performance. I would recommend Intel over AMD, the I5 processors are worth the price, I7s if you need hyperthreading. I will throw you together a quick build over lunch or something today.
wow thank you all for the responses, his really helped me out a lot. It is nice to see that helpful, mature people do exist on the internet.
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