the_polish_express

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after about a week of looking through stuff and changing everything around i came up with what i hope to be my final build

Processor-
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.205337

motherboard-
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.205337

CPU and motherboard are combo deal at 190.00

RAM-
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189
Price- 64.99

PSU-
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009
price-99.99

Video-
SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824
price-99.99

HDD-
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
price- 69.99

Optical-
SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188
price-28.99

Case-
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188
price- 28.99

grand total w/shipping ends up being 655.91, i hope i was able to come up with a decent - not overly expensive system that i can upgrade in the future. please let me know if i made any critical errors in my selections thanks for looking!

 

tecmo34

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I think you are good to go with your build on that budget. There is nothing outside of switching to the WD 640GB Black HDD that will make an impact within your budget.... IMO
 

evankim390

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I'm never quite sure what to think of these triple core processors.

I always held that gamers on a budget are better off using dual cores whereas general users on a budget are better off using quad cores.

I would easily recommend a Phenom II X2 550 as a very high power/cost performer, but that said, I don't have much to say about the 720 to begin with.
 

eternal7331

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I was just asking myself the same ?, for my build. I opted for only 4GB of Ram because I planned on using Windows XP 32bit, and save myself any headaches.

My thoughts are, with my 2x4850's and 4GB of Ram is there really anything that will remotely pose a challenge for my XP 32Bit limitations.

If anyone knows of a good article on the Pros and Cons of XP32 vs XP64 vs Vista32 vs Vista 64 vs W7......or any combination in between, that would be a great read.

M4A78T-E
AMD 3x Phenom II
2x HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
4GB OCZ Reaper DDR3 1600Mhz
Crossir 750w PSU
Lian-Li PC-7F
+ Blah Blah, meat and potatoes