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HELP! Desktop Build

I'm thinking about building my own desktop. I want to build a gaming PC that also will be just the "home computer" I picked out what i think i want and need.
-Someone please tell me if this will work and be able to run games at fairly decent graphics and frame rates. I'm not looking for the best, just something getting over 30-40 fps on medium to high settings for as cheap as possible. Im also keeping in mind that I might slowly upgrade these parts after this is built Any suggestion are wanted.

Case-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811322050

Processor-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775

Motherboard-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138352

RAM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145346

Graphics Card-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127683

Hard Drive/ Disk Drive-http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1241834 ---** I also have an older 540 GB hard drive 5400 rpm from a dell laptop that i could put in I think.

PSU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171046
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    I'm guessing the budget is around $400-500??

    Here is something to consider:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $454.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-26 21:53 EDT-0400)

    * CPU is quad core and pretty good for the $. It is also unlocked, so later down the line you can OC it and get more performance out of it, if you need/want to.
    * Mobo is good and has lots of options for the $.
    * RAM is 1600 mHz @ CAS 9 timings and runs at stock voltage of 1.5v (it's also a Dual Channel set, so you get the best performance over just a single stick)
    * GPU is good for Medium/High settings on most games and is budget friendly, depending on your monitor resolution.
    * Case is good for the $.
    * PSU is plenty for this build.

    What is your monitor resolution, BTW?
  2. Hi :)

    The graphics card you picked is only going to play games on low/medium at best....

    All the best Brett :)
  3. This might be a dumb question, but im new to this, if i want 4Gb of RAM do I have to use 2 x 2Gb or can I use one 4 Gb stick of RAM

    About the monitor.... I have an older monitor that would work but its not very good at all. I'm going to get a new monitor hopefully. (I have a laptop right now) I'm not sure what to get though. I haven't looked into it much yet.

    Thanks alot for all of that info. Really helped!
  4. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    The graphics card you picked is only going to play games on low/medium at best....

    All the best Brett :)


    Are you talking about the one i had picked out or the one lunyone had listed??
  5. TQ39 said:
    This might be a dumb question, but im new to this, if i want 4Gb of RAM do I have to use 2 x 2Gb or can I use one 4 Gb stick of RAM


    Dual channel - 2 or 4 sticks
  6. TQ39 said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    The graphics card you picked is only going to play games on low/medium at best....

    All the best Brett :)


    Are you talking about the one i had picked out or the one lunyone had listed??



    Hi :)

    Yours...Lunys one is MUCH better...

    All the best Brett :)
  7. TQ39 said:
    This might be a dumb question, but im new to this, if i want 4Gb of RAM do I have to use 2 x 2Gb or can I use one 4 Gb stick of RAM

    About the monitor.... I have an older monitor that would work but its not very good at all. I'm going to get a new monitor hopefully. (I have a laptop right now) I'm not sure what to get though. I haven't looked into it much yet.

    Thanks alot for all of that info. Really helped!


    You can use 1 stick, but lose out in the "Dual Channel" option for the memory so you lose a bit of performance (which is why I selected 2 x 2 gb set).

    As far as monitors go, I would strive to get a 1920 x 1080 (1080p as it's called) resolution LCD. They generally are around $90-150 on sale from Newegg/Amazon/etc. The only thing that I'd make sure with the new monitor is that it has the ports that you want (VGA, DVI, HDMI, Display port, etc). When you buy most monitors they only come with a power cord and usually one maybe two types of cables, usually DVI or VGA.
  8. Ok. This might be another dumb question but to hook this up with my houses wireless network is there anything i need to buy??
  9. TQ39 said:
    Ok. This might be another dumb question but to hook this up with my houses wireless network is there anything i need to buy??


    Yes you would need something like this:

    $10 :)
    EDIMAX EW-7811Un Wireless Nano Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Data Rates, with 16 languages EZmax setup wizard for easy installation

    Or you can get wireless cards, too, but I have 3 of these listed above and don't have any issues with them :)
  10. Thanks so much for all of your help!
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