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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139020
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128602
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819113286
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820148663

here's the main pieces. add up the cost and then divide a graphics card, the hdd's, and a bd or dvd rom into there.

here's an outstanding sale on a 240 gig sdd...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820148694
add promo code EMCPGWW228, and it's 112 bucks.
total now ~540.

add a tb drive...shoot add this 2tb drive for 75 bucks. I got one of these, and it works good.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 9407-L015A

that leaves 200 bucks for a graphics card...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814161449

oh and a bd writer...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827136250

just swap out the bd writer for a dvd writer if you feel you've gone over budget. or get a lesser graphics card.

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It will prob be in the next 6 months, and I live in the USA


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well, all my links are usually based on current newegg prices. who knows what will be available 6 months from now! it'll be a much different playing field.
but here's an idea of what to look for. we could've saved money on smaller ssd, and a lesser graphics card, and a dvdrw instead of the bdrw, giving you room for win7 or win8, and still make it under $800. it's amazing the power you get for such a low price these days.

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Samsung 840 EVo SSD 120 GB
toshiba 2TB HDD 64M cache sata3
seagate 1TB HDD 64M cache sata3
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Cool thanks for your help.

My current motherboard model is an ASUS A7M266. Would I need to change any of the mounting for a new board?


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Is there a good but less expensive video card?


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mountings, well, your case should have all the right holes for most of the standoff positions. atx is atx is atx, but there may be some places you'll need to either change where your standoffs are, or possible put a plastic standoff if there is no drilled hole for one... but most of them should be fine.

after looking at examples of your current board to the one I rec'd i' think the new board would be smaller than the old board, so it'sll fit in the case, and a majority of the standoffs should match.

and yes, that nearly 200 dollar vidcard could be changed out for one a lot cheaper (even under $100), and you'll still have three monitor capability. but depending on how demanding the game is, you might not play at high resolutions and have lots of eye candy on (AS, AF, tessellation, etc).

I changed from my initial thinking of an fm2+ platform to the older am3+ platform because you wanted gaming (and therefore an add-in graphics card). am3+ still seems to be more targeted at gaming, but in 6 months, that may change.
the later platforms (fm1, fm2, and fm2+) mostly support cpu's with grpahics built straight into the cpu, so you would be paying extra for something you wouldn't really be needing. there are a few fm2 cpu's out now that have no graphics built into them, but a good am3+ cpu still has an advantage over those CURRENTLY. like I say, six months down the road, and that might not be the fact as fmXX evolves.

one other thing to think about would be ventilation. how is your case set out for fans? does the case have a make/model number on it somewhere?

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antec neo he 650r
Samsung 840 EVo SSD 120 GB
toshiba 2TB HDD 64M cache sata3
seagate 1TB HDD 64M cache sata3
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Somehow I fear this a HP Pavilion case starting a new life... If so, make a good note of the front panel connections now...

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A good "standard" ATX case should have three rows of mounting points. Some motherboards require the extra row.. but most suffice with only two rows. Normally, six or seven screws secure the board.. yet could be nine or ten. But do an "eyeball" fit before mounting, to ensure only those holes with solder rings top and bottom are aligned. Remove or triple-tape over any mounts that don't align that cannot be moved or removed.
For any build or upgrade, never scrimp on the PSU. Use a quality brand, with more wattage than needed. The PSU will never "push" more power than the system requires. But the unused wattage means better regulation and longer life.

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Coasters wrote:
Its a case from a local company that used to build computers. So it was a custom build to begin with.


this gave me some confidence that it is something he can work with.

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antec neo he 650r
Samsung 840 EVo SSD 120 GB
toshiba 2TB HDD 64M cache sata3
seagate 1TB HDD 64M cache sata3
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