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500$ gaming build!!! (Noob needs help)

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billydomaks

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I am a noob here, but I love the way you guys work and thought I'd try and ask for help. This build will be doing some gaming, CS3, and 3D animation.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

Hard Drive
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...ef=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=172282&s=electronics

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275
250 vs. 550 vs. 735

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724&cm_re=x3-_-19-103-724-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103726&cm_re=x3-_-19-103-726-_-Product

The reason I did not list a GPU or motherboard is because I can not seem to find an AM3 that meets my needs and has a decent onboard video for under 80$, with good ratings. Please list some nice mobos with onboards. I am planning on buying a GPU later and crossxing.

THANK YOU! Happy thanksgiving!

(P.S. I found this combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.295541)
 

MattNo5ss

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The motherboard in the combo you linked only has 1 PCIe x16, so no Xfire on that board.

Do you need 1TB of space? If not, the WD Caviar Black 640GB HDDs are, in my opinion, the best 7200RPM HDDs.
 
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billydomaks

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The motherboard in the combo you linked only has 1 PCIe x16, so no Xfire on that board.

Do you need 1TB of space? If not, the WD Caviar Black 640GB HDDs are, in my opinion, the best 7200RPM HDDs.

Hey man. I am actually just looking at purchasing the x3 435 instead and maybe a cheaper nicer mobo with integrated graphics as a back up.

I had actually looked into the Caviar Black, and planned on getting it before for 50$, but it is now sold out on newegg.

This alternative seems to have about the same specs....

P.S. This is the GPU I am planning on purchasing:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102864&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-864-_-Product
 

deed

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Hey man. I am actually just looking at purchasing the x3 435 instead and maybe a cheaper nicer mobo with integrated graphics as a back up.

I had actually looked into the Caviar Black, and planned on getting it before for 50$, but it is now sold out on newegg.

This alternative seems to have about the same specs....

P.S. This is the GPU I am planning on purchasing:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102864&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-864-_-Product
If I where you I would grab the 4000 higher end series.... the price is about the same sometimes less with more performance..... the only downside is it consumes more power.
 

GrimX9

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Except the "Greens" were meant for storage, and are not meant for gaming. They are also 5400RPM drives, so that means they are slower.

For the Gfx card, that makes no sense. You want a 500$ build, but you are buying a 165 dollar graphics card?

Get the PhenomII x2, its a great chip and can OC easily.
 
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billydomaks

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This one says it is 7200 RPM with 32mb Cache.
I was thinking that I should invest in the GPU, Case, and Motherboard for the future.
 
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billydomaks

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Wait I think I am wrong about the RPM........

I found a 1tb Hitachi for the same price on Newegg with 7200
 

Marshmallow64

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The greens are good harddrives, but there are a lot of other factors that make it much slower than the WD Black. As the primary OS and gaming harddrive you should go with the Black, the green is really made for just storage.
 

Marshmallow64

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Of the 3 you listed I would go with the phenom II 550.

My personal recomendation is that you go with the phenom II 720 or 955. More expensive I know, but it will future proof your PC for photoshop, 3D animation, and gaming a lot longer than the 550 due to the extra cores.
 
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billydomaks

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Of the 3 you listed I would go with the phenom II 550.

My personal recomendation is that you go with the phenom II 720 or 955. More expensive I know, but it will future proof your PC for photoshop, 3D animation, and gaming a lot longer than the 550 due to the extra cores.

Well the reason I am leaning towards the 435 is because I thought I could use the third core for animation, and its gaming benchmarks are close to the 545 and even closer to the 250. (not the 550, but still).

I thought the High End GPU will help in the long run, especially with 3D animation.
 

Marshmallow64

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I would just pay extra 20 bucks for the phenom II 720 if i were you. Overall it is better for what you do. The extra 4th core really only helps in photoshop and video editing, even then not by too much form what I have seen in benchmarks.

The L3 cache on the other hand helps with daily use and gaming.
 
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billydomaks

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I would just pay extra 20 bucks for the phenom II 720 if i were you. Overall it is better for what you do. The extra 4th core really only helps in photoshop and video editing, even then not by too much form what I have seen in benchmarks.

The L3 cache on the other hand helps with daily use and gaming.

The 720 is a tri core...as is the 435. (Even though I have heard it is possible to unlock the fourth core)
The L3 cache sounds catchy though.