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First Time Builders $875 Budget Gaming PC

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June 5, 2009 8:06:41 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:July 1st

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, Watching Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything.

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:AMD CPU, 17"-19" Widescreen Monitor

Overclocking:NO

SLI/Crossfire:NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1440x900 preferred but lower is OK

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like Left 4 Dead to be included in the budget as well as the Belkin Tool Kit and anti-static wrist strap. I'd like it to be ATX. I'd like to have it run as cool as the budget allows. I'd like to play Left 4 Dead, Oblivion, and some RTSs smoothly on high.

Here's what I came up with but for some reason, I'm just not confident in it.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136039

ASUS VH196T Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/HDCP 300 cd/m2 5000 :1 (ASCR) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236062

BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138130

ASUS EN9600GT/HTDI/512M GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121229

PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703015

Logitech 967973-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Deluxe 250 Desktop - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126017

CABLES UNLIMITED ACC-1400 Anti Static Wrist Strap With Grounding Wire - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899339002

BELKIN F8E066 Professional Computer Tool Kit (36-Piece) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899888202

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

Left 4 Dead Game of the Year Edition PC Game EA - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832130242

That comes to: $839.97

Any ideas to improve the build is appreciated. Also anything else a first time builder might need or advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
June 5, 2009 8:44:37 PM

Your links are all messed up.

Make these changes:

Antec 300 case with EA650 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Yes it's more PSU than you need but it's very high quality and a great price.

AMD X3 720
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Far faster than that Brisbane, very overclockable, good price.

Gigabyte 770 board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You don't need a 790GX board because you are not planning to crossfire.

G.Skill 1066 RAM
AMD processors need the faster RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS 4850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Be sure to use the promo code. Far faster than your selection.

If you are going to spend that much on a hard drive, get a bigger and faster one. here it is with $20 off in combination with the OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You don't need a tool kit to build a computer. A Phillips screwdriver will do.

You will however need a DVD burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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