I'm writing a quick parts guide for a few sites that I visit and I want some feedback. In specific I need input on the motherboard. The NB is a 770, but I was wondering if it is worth it to find a board with an 800 series NB? Input?
Building a gaming rig doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. In this article I'm going to give you a list of current parts for under $600 before tax.
I've chosen a Phenom X4 CPU for the build, so you won't have to waste money on a new CPU during a future upgrade. The motherboard is a midrange
board with built in 8 channel audio and plenty of peripheral jacks. In this build, I've included 4Gb of DDR3 memory which is sufficient to run any program
or game without any problem. Of course, there is room to add another 4Gb later on if you require the upgrade. The ATI 5770 that is included is powerful
enough to run any new release at a resonably high graphics setting. I've included a 1Tb Samgsung SATA hard drive, which is currently one of the fastest
on the market. The case and power supply were both chosen for their upgradability. The case has plenty of room for just about any upgrade and the
power supply has enough headroom for a Crossfire system.
Processor - AMD Phenom X4 3.0GHz 945 Quad Core - $130
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-MA770T AM3 ATX - $80
RAM - 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1333 - $45
Graphics Card - HIS Radeon 5770 1Gb - $135
Hard Drive - 1Tb Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ - $60
Case - NZXT M59 Black Mid Tower - $50
Power Supply - Rosewill RV2-700w ATX12v v2.3 - $65
Optical Drive - LG GH24NS50 24x DVD RW Drive - $20
Subtotal = $585
Total (After tax 13%)= $661
These prices were taken from multiple online stores and averaged. The prices for these components were their normal retail price, not a sale price.
So it is possible that you could build this machine for much cheaper then the listed price here.