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#1 May 10 2011 at 11:28 PM Rating: Good
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Hello everyone, My friend wanted me to piece together a decent gaming pc for him . Now I havent paid to much attention to the current hardware but I jumped on newegg and decided to take a look. Heres what I put together.

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB - 89.99

BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - 49.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 39.99

GIGABYTE GV-N550OC-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 - 147.99

Diablotek PHD Series - 2nd Generation PHD650 650W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
- 49.99

And a Cheap case Bringing the total with shipping to 425.97. They already have a HDD and the rest of the stuff. Anyone see any issues with this PC, Only thing I was a bit worried about is the CPU bottlenecking a bit but it looks like the best bang for the buck, or is there any bad brands can you see.




Edited, May 11th 2011 12:28am by BeanX

Edited, May 11th 2011 12:31am by BeanX
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#2 May 11 2011 at 7:59 PM Rating: Excellent
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The only component I personally wouldn't trust is the PSU, though for that price and the price of the remainign components, thats not bad at all. That is an insanely good price on the video card. I may have to pick up a couple of those myself.
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#3 May 11 2011 at 9:39 PM Rating: Good
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By not trust Brand wise or because it lacks power? Also any suggestions to save a few bucks for ATI or Intel equivalent?
I know im biased towards AMD and Nvidia, but since this isnt MY pc Im willing to go for bang for the buck vs favoritism/fanboyism


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#5 May 12 2011 at 4:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, that processor is pretty underpowered by today's standards. Might want to think about upgrading that a bit.
#6 May 12 2011 at 5:43 PM Rating: Good
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Turin wrote:
Yeah, that processor is pretty underpowered by today's standards. Might want to think about upgrading that a bit.


Hmm, Well yes its a dual core but with a Biostar mobo I will be able to unlock the other 2 cores making it quad core, and its a black edition and runs stable off stock fan at 3.8 Ghz. I don't understand how this is underpowered? The phenom processors are quad core processors with 1-2 processors disabled, but Certain mobos can unlock the processors and use them.
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#7 May 13 2011 at 4:11 AM Rating: Decent
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BeanX the Irrelevant wrote:
I will be able to unlock the other 2 cores making it quad core


Don't count on that. They are usually disabled for a reason.

This one is $110, and all four cores are guaranteed to work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103921
#8 May 19 2011 at 10:38 AM Rating: Good
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You might want to look into the new Sandy Bridge processors from Intel. From everything I've been reading lately, they're a really great bang for the buck.

There's a new $125 dual core that's been, at worst, breaking even with the 4/6 core Phenoms, but seeing huge gains with games that make extensive use of the CPU.

For only $35 more, I'd definitely consider it. Especially next to a 2 core AMD.

The cheapest compatible motherboards will cost another $10 too, though.

Still, if you are going to spend $99 for a dual core AMD processor, I'd at least go to the quad core for $120. From what I understand, AMD tends to have less powerful cores than intel, and generally makes up for it by offering more cores in each price range.

ESPECIALLY, since that CPU will definitely end up as a bottleneck if your friend wants to upgrade.

Here's a link on CPUs with great power/cost ratios.

There are 3 cheaper than the one I linked earlier, but you have the added bonus with the SB CPU of some really great new technologies as well as a motherboard slot that will allow for future upgrades.
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#9 May 19 2011 at 12:50 PM Rating: Good
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It's kinda funny you brought that up, I was just reading about Sandy bridge last night I think Im going to scrap my old build and build one around Intel based chip with sandy bridge. After doing some reseach I had to change out the Video card to a 460 Ti because for 40 bucks more it blows the 550 out of the water and there is a 30 dollar mail in rebate so It more like a 10 dollar increase.

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#10 May 19 2011 at 1:27 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, Intel really just brought an awesome product to the market. I hear overclocking them can get iffy, but that's not a problem for the vast majority of users.

Granted, AMD's going to release a new chipset later this year as well. But for now, the Sandy Bridge processors are pretty much best in their price ranges as far as I can tell.
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