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First build-Gaming rig-$650 budget.

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August 8, 2009 5:21:35 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week.

BUDGET RANGE: Around $650.

SYSTEM USAGE: Games, Movies, Web surfing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S): Newegg/Any site that's reliable and has the best deal.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD cpu, Radeon HD 4670-4850.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

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AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Cards
http://www.chiefvalue.com/product/productdetails.aspx?s...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-332-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (combo with vista HP 64-bit for $144.98)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
( Combo with Vista HPSP1 64-bit for $144.98)

Total after shipping and rebate: $651.

My main concern is the gfx card; would I be better off with a 1mb or 512mb on my 1680x1050 resolution?

Just a heads up; I'm a complete noob when it comes to this stuff. Only started looking into all this three days ago when my friend suggested I build a computer. Even though I've learned a little, I'm still nowhere near as experienced as you guys. In other words, just treat me like an idiot when you respond so I can understand.
August 8, 2009 6:27:21 AM

nice ram dirtmountain

if I was the OP I'd also be considering the Phenom X3 710 . Its a little cheaper at $99 , and should overclock to more than match the faster core speeds of the x2

The 4770 is a great card but not great value . The 4850 is often cheaper and is faster
This gigabyte is $90
GIGABYTE GV-R485ZL-512H Radeon HD 4850 512MB

EDIT : If you went with the 4850 I suggested you more than save enough to go with an X3 720 be which is $119 on newegg last time I looked
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August 8, 2009 6:30:08 AM

dirtmountain said:
You need to get DDR3 RAM with that motherboard. Get low latency
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spend another $5 and get the Caviar black HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can go with a cheaper PSU since that motherboard doesn't do crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OK I'm going with the HD and PSU you suggested, but do I have anymore options when it comes to the RAM? Preferably something cheaper or just a overall better deal.

Edit: stupid me, never looked at the features of the RAM I just posted. :(  I'll go with viper you suggested.

@ Outlander_04: I was afraid that the 4850 might take up alot of space. Would that be a problem with my size case?
August 8, 2009 7:17:23 PM

Nice find Megaman. Thanks for pointing that out.

@dirtmountain: Thanks for the suggestion, I also found another one that might work.

Ok, so right now it's:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU+OS combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (decided to dgrade)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: http://www.chiefvalue.com/Product-_-ProductDetails.cv_-...

CASE: http://www.chiefvalue.com/Product-_-ProductDetails.cv_-...

The only reason I'm not going with the X3 720 is because I'm trying to keep it as low as possible.

If I get a thumbs up, I'll go ahead and make my purchase today.
August 8, 2009 7:19:23 PM

how bout a tri core 720 build for $645 before shipping no os tho
August 8, 2009 7:30:29 PM

That sounds appealing. Can you post it if its not to much trouble?

Edit: Oh nvm, no os :( 
August 8, 2009 7:47:35 PM

how do you feel bout open box items
August 8, 2009 7:53:35 PM

Looks good to go, either RAM, i have no experience with Geil. Only a little with Crucial, it's been fine.
I have built a couple of systems with the Windows7 RC, it's still available free from MS. You just have to DL it and burn a iso DVD. It's good till march 2010 (that's when it starts shutting down every 2 hours) actually works till june 2010.
August 8, 2009 8:24:58 PM

Don't buy open box, and if I were you, I would spend 30$ to get a crossfire motherboard. If you buy a 4850, pairing 2 of them will really pay you back. Crossfiring 2 4850 is one hell of a idea and it gives you really more power than you could imagine.

Also, I think the 700W ModXstream is 5$ more, get the 700W, it's great for 2 cards like the 4850.

To give you an exemple, 2 4850 are about 10% slower than 2 4870... it's really the most powerful stuff you can get for around 160$. It is as strong as a 280GTX that retail for more than an 100$ more.
August 8, 2009 8:34:27 PM

It seems that US Rebate are really bothersome... I don't know for them, but in Canada we need to register our rebate via a website. After that we can mail them.

Mine have been accepted, so I cannot really tell you if you will receive yours, but mine are on the way. You need to be cautious with mail in rebate and do exactly what they tell you. Also, you will only get your money back in 4 months.

Also, peoples need to understand that Mail In Rebate are not dealed by the manufacturer, but by a third party company. For my part, my Asus rebates and my OCZ rebate were send at the same place.
August 8, 2009 8:47:12 PM

After thinking, stick with your 600W ModXstream. Funny that canadian price are cheaper... I paid my 700W ModXstream 50$.

The 600W will be plenty for anything except 2 4890 an a GTX295... way above your budget.
August 9, 2009 1:41:16 AM

dirtmountain said:
Looks good to go, either RAM, i have no experience with Geil. Only a little with Crucial, it's been fine.
I have built a couple of systems with the Windows7 RC, it's still available free from MS. You just have to DL it and burn a iso DVD. It's good till march 2010 (that's when it starts shutting down every 2 hours) actually works till june 2010.


Using the trial is tempting, but I'll just get the OS now and be done with it.

@Obsidian: Don't trust them, never will.

@redgarl: I don't plan on using xfire on this build, but thanks for the input. Maybe in the future.

Again, thanks for the help folks :D 
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