Solved help needed for my son

October 26, 2013 at 09:17:25
Specs: Windows 7
hi im new to all this but as my son would like a gaming pc for Christmas hear I am. I am on a budget so trying to find as much as pos have found this ?Asrock m3a770de mother board
Amd 960t quad core black edition cpu
1tb samsung spinmaster 7200rpm hdd
500gb western digital blue caviar hdd
8 gb corsair xms3 ddr3 ram
550w fatality gaming psu
Sapphire radeon hd6950 2gb dirt edition gpu
After market corsair cpu cooler is it any good ? or can u help any answer welcome and appreciated

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October 26, 2013 at 11:35:30
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AM3 boards with 700-series chipsets & AM3 CPUs are old news. You should be looking at the FX-series AM3+ CPUs & boards based on the 900-series chipset.

FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core - $111

MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $60 after coupon

The CPU comes with a cooler, no point in getting an aftermarket one. You can always upgrade later if you feel it's necessary. And there's no reason to overspend for a power supply when you can get this Corsair for under $20:

Cosair 430W PSU - $19 after rebate

Not enough detail about the RAM you selected but the FX-series supports DDR3-1866.

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 - $77

500GB HDD for Windows & 1TB HDD for storage? The HD 6950 is a decent card but becoming harder to find. The newer HD 7000-series is more energy efficient so you might want to consider something comparable from that series.

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October 26, 2013 at 12:24:36
ok thanks for info as I said on a budget and not noing much what sort of money am I looking at for a start up kit for him ?

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October 26, 2013 at 13:10:16
I posted the prices for some of the hardware, total is approx. $270. Add another $125-150 for a decent video card & about $125 for the 2 HDDs. You can always hold off on getting the 2nd HDD & add it later. So you're looking at about $500 with 1 HDD.

You didn't mention anything about a case or DVD burner?

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October 26, 2013 at 13:13:23
ok thanks very much for your help

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