Advice and help on a budget gaming build

Hey, I just joined this forum because I need some advice on building a new pc. I always wanted to build one, but never got the chance because I thought you had to be a brainiac like Dexter from Dexter's laboratory with a lot of time on your hands. So I've finally made a decision and saved enough of my hard earned money to build a BUDGET gaming pc. I only have around $700 to spend and I don't want to send more than that unless I HAVE to. I already have a cheap CRT moniter (upgrade later), keyboard, speakers, and mouse. I did spend a lot of my time researching for the past month about computers so you don't need to inform about that confusing stuff because I know the basics. This is what I have on my wish list so far on newegg, so could you please tell me if everything is good to go or if I should get something different with better deals and performance for the same amount of money. Oh! I also plan on overclocking because its a budget machine and I want to play crysis on decent settings(monitor only does 1280X1024).
Computer Case and Power Supply combo:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.164037
Processor:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072
Ram:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
Motherboard:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359
Hard Drive:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136161
DVD Burner:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
Video Card:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822
Operating System:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
Cpu Fan: I need help on a cheap fan with great cooling power
This build will cost $642 with shipping so I can add a little bit more to make it come out to $700 with shipping. I believe thats everything I need to get started. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. The case/psu combo isn't valid anymore - what's your 2nd choice?
    The cpu will make short work of crysis :D
    Decent ram - just don't freak when it won't initially run at 1066
    You might run into some crowding issues with the motherboard and video card - the video card takes up 2 slots. if you're not going to use the pci slots, then its not a big deal
    I'm not a huge fan of ati, but from what i've read, its a pretty decent card, should perform well for you.
    Good choice on the o/s, gives you the ability to add more ram later on
    For the harddrive - games are frikin huge now, with vista and games, that 250 will go quick. i'd suggest either the 640 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319, or if you have some money left over, the 1tb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136317, or at least the 500 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320 .
    For cpu cooling, my favorite has always been zalman - just beware of their size, they're tall and wide, but they can be rather pricey, the 2 that i would suggest are http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835101026
    for the dvd burner, for a dollar or so more, you can get one with lightscribe - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136147

    other than maybe choosing a full atx motherboard, the other items look pretty solid.
  2. Cooler master case and E7400 CPU 145
    Gigabyte P43 board 80
    Kingston 800Mhz RAM 4GB 40
    OCZ 600W PSU 70
    4850 145
    WD 320GB 55
    LG DVD Burner 25
    Vista 64-bit 100
    Xigmatek DK 40

    That puts you at almost exactly 700 dollars, before shipping and tax. If you figure in some hefty rebates, it's pretty good.
  3. Go for something like this for Case/PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024

    On your budget, I suggest you go with a P43 mobo, then put more money into the GPU. Get this mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128380

    And the upgrade to this GPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161236

    Get this cooler for your CPU and overclock to 3.6 or so.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&Tpk=S1283v

    Otherwise looks good.
  4. Proximon and I were posting at the same time lol. I like the CPU he found, but it might put the GPU I found out of reach. If you went with that build, get the GPU I showed you. It is just a few bucks more and is worth the extra cash. If you can't afford both, then get the E5200 and the GPU I showed you, it will give better performance in games.
  5. richei said:
    You might run into some crowding issues with the motherboard and video card - the video card takes up 2 slots. if you're not going to use the pci slots, then its not a big deal
    I'm not a huge fan of ati, but from what i've read, its a pretty decent card, should perform well for you.

    You will have a rough time finding a good GPU that isn't a dual slot. Its a fact of life, If you want to game on your PC, you will pretty much have to buy a dual slot GPU.

    You won't have crowding issues, don't worry about it.

    Another option for the GPU is 9800GTX+, they are coming down in price and becoming worthwhile again. Crysis likes Nvidia more than ATI so if that is a major title you are concerned about then look into them.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130420
  6. Thank you everyone for your great responses! They are very helpful for making my decisions. I'll post my finally decision later because I have to go to work right now :(
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