ASRock 990FX Extreme4 $179.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 $119.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+ $27.99

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB $69.99

SAPPHIRE 100312-1GDP Radeon HD 6950 1GB $244.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB $89.99

HP 8X BD-ROM $89.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

Antec Three Hundred Illusion $59.99

Total $982.91 though if you need a monitor, mouse, and keyboard I would say drop down to a 990X board (which won't hurt at all for now since you're only running one card at first) and either go with a regular DVD burner or drop the 6950 for a 6870 or GTX 560.


Jun 2, 2011

shouldnt he look at Phenom II X6 ????? wats d diff. btw. these 2??
Ack, I forgot a PSU, but the Antec 300 will have a combo today with a decent Antec 430W PSU. If you plan to use crossfire latter on, which I am assuming you would, Invest in a good 700W or more PSU. So do you need an OS? Do you have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse you can use?
The Phenom X6 CPUs' extra cores are not helpful in gaming.
On this budget (w/o monitor, peripherals) you could go Intel for a higher-performing machine, like so:
$220 i5-2500K
$115 Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3
$020ish DVD
$060ish 1tb HDD
$060 Antec 300
$110 Corsair TX750 (for Xfire) $95 after rebate
$050 8gb RAM (probably 1333)
$030 Hyper 212+
$100 Windows 7 Home
$765, leaving $215 for the graphics card, or $315 without the OS.
^+1 megaman, do you need peripherals or the OS? If you need neither, this is a feasible build, because you'll be able to get a nice GPU. If you do need Windows, maybe you should stick with AMD.
$220 can get you a 560 Ti (I was surprised to find it) at
But if you're getting a Ti, you could go AMD and just save money. So it all comes down to Windows, or else to whether you're willing to spend more on a GPU.