I may have used an SSD in a mid range build, which the budget build for this month's issue, in my mind anyway, qualifies as. On another note, budget build or not, I would not opt for the bandwidth and no-hexa-core limitations of an LGA1156 board regardless of how cheap I could get the parts. The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T is only $60 more and with a new 890FX board, there is no bandwidth bottlenecks to speak of.
To Accomodate My Motherboard Selection:Cooler Master HAF-X Full Tower Case
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My Motherboard selection:MSI 890FXA-GD70
My Processor Selection:AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2ghz Black Edition
Everything else would stay the same except that I may have chosen to go with two of these:EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB (768-P3-1360-TR)
For a little extra money, you get an extra few frames per second and the satisfaction of running dual GTX460's in SLi. Not to mention the fact that your Folding@Home scores would shoot through the roof with that many physical cores and the two
Fermi GPU's under the hood to boot. Plus, unlike with the current motherboard selection in the November issue, there are extra PCI-E slots (two are full x16, two are x8, five physical slots for much
more expandability) on the MSI board I selected which means that you can buy more GTX460's and run even higher frame rates (or exponential
But that's just my suggestion. If you go with all the stuff above, ditch the SSD and the other remaining hardware in the Nov. issue which did NOT get replaced, you would spend about $1,376
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