Phenom 2 Build for under 1300


Apr 30, 2009
I posted a couple days ago about suggestions on an i7 build under 1300. I think if i go this way i can get dual graphics, which will be overkill for the resolution i will be playing at (1650x1080) But at the same time i want to get a bigger moniter not too far down the road so i will already be set up for the higher reso. Here is the build:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

2x SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9 - Retail

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$424 combo deal

Ending price before shipping: $1,177 (i still need to add HDD and DVD drive but that wont add that much)

This shuld give me better gaming than an i7 with one GTX 275, plus when i get a bigger monitor it will play the higher resolutions with solid FPS.

What do you guys think?

EDIT: ok i put DDR3 ram in there and only 4g instead of 8, it dropped the total a little.
The only reason to get a DDR3 board is the hope that some future CPU will have a memory controller that makes better use of it.

As it stands right now, there is no advantage to DDR3... just so you know.


Feb 9, 2009
correction: no or little advantage with ddr3.

and go with either a 4890 and OC it or a 4870 X2, they offer close enough performance and the 4870 X2 lets out less heat than dual 4870's.

Just take out what u do not need or have at hand and wish to reuse :p