VR Zone has published a guide with advice on building a mainstream AMD-based PC, you can check it out over here.
In our second installment, our aim is to build a mainstream gaming rig while keeping on a tight budget; great gaming experience and endless hours of enjoyment doesn't necessarily mean building systems costing a couple of bombs.
We will be using the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition processor for this build. As introduced in our first article, which is the enthusiast buying guide featuring the X4 955 BE, the full Phenom II family consists of dual-core (X2), tri-core (X3) and quad-core (X4) parts to cater to different end-users with different needs. With aggressive core binning, AMD is able to reduce overall processor costs and churn up better price-performance ratio figures..