$500-750 gaming build

Hey i am planning on making a computer myself instead of being gouged by dell. Here is what I have so far. Thanks for your help!

BUDGET RANGE: $500 to $750( Don't want to pay up to $750 unless its really worth it.)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video editing, basic functions
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Disc drive, hard drive,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, maybe tigerdirect

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and ATI ( I am willing to switch)





COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black $38

ASUS P5Q3 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $145

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 $220

OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1800 $85

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $150

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W $40
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  1. Main problem with your build is that it's a socket 775 build. Socket 775 is ok, but it's a dead end. I think personally you'd be better off looking at maybe a phenom 2 build so you can have some upgradeability options later.
  2. AMD PII 955/ASUS M4A79T Deluxe, saves you $50

    If you arent going to be overclocking you wont be able to use the 1800MHz ram, get this stuff instead, its low latency and saves you another $9

    This PSU is a bit more expensive but OCZ makes better ones than coolermaster, its also modular and provides more power. Costs you $19 more.

    You can also upgrade to a 4890 with the $40 remaining. This one will raise the total cost of the system $5 but comes with a double lifetime warranty

    Grand total $683, included a stronger GPU.
  3. Thanks for the quick replies! I was hoping you could clarify what you meant when you said a socket 775 build would be a dead end. Also I have heard that amd cpu's are not as well designed as intel. Are the phenom II cpus as good as the quad core intel cpus? Thanks again.
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    Intel has moved on from the 775 socket, they wont be making any more processors for it so if you want to upgrade the CPU later on you are going to need to swap out the motherboard as well. The Phenom II 955 performs very similarly to an intel 9550, it doesnt perform as well in CPU intensive tasks as the new intel i7's but it also doesnt cost nearly as much so you can spend more on the graphics card. This is particularly shown here:,2360.html
    Its also not a question of whether they are well designed, they use very different designs each one good at a certain type of task.
  5. Thank you for the clarification, I am going to use your suggestions for my build. It definitely looks like the better bang for the buck, especially since it will allow me to upgrade in the future.
  6. You are very welcome. I am quite happy with the rig i just built using that motherboard/CPU combo. Granted i was coming off an ancient P4 its still a very powerful system for the price.
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