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First computer build. Need some help

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September 8, 2009 5:33:59 AM

Hello. I am currently thinking of building a computer for the first time since the one I am using is really old. Could you guys give me some suggestions on a computer build? I would like to keep the price within $500 - 600. I will most likely use this computer for school and some casual gaming. For games I would like for it to run some of the newer and future games decently.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully in a few days

BUDGET RANGE: US$500-600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900 (widescreen)


This is a computer build that I put together. I am not sure if all these parts are compatible with one another. If you guys have any suggestions or a better computer build for the money that would be great. Thanks.

Optical Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Case Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

HD Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Mobo Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Video Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R485ZL-512H Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

PSU Newegg.com - 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 - Power Supplies

Ram Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK - Desktop Memory

CPU Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Processors - Desktops




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September 8, 2009 8:11:48 AM

95W Quad, HD4870, 80+ certified modular PSU all under $600 possible :p 
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September 8, 2009 8:17:26 AM

Pt ddr2 is not compatitable with an AM3 motherboard , but instead of buying the AM2 mb if you can afford to do so then substitute DDR3 ram into the build . A good 2 x2 gig kit will be about $80 .
If you down grade the psu a suggested you would have the budget for
Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I disagree with the hard drive substitution Proximon is suggesting . The samsung F3 500 gig is a single platter drive that has probably the highest performance of any conventional sata hard drive . Its also cheap which is about as good as it gets IMO
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September 8, 2009 8:23:48 AM

Wow good spot Outlander: didn't see TS going with an AM3 770 Gigabyte hehe
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September 8, 2009 8:52:16 PM

Batuchkas build all works and is amazing value . Its also more powerful than the other suggestions we all made thanks to the quad core processor and 4870 . It would be better multitasker too

Maybe theres a way to compromise and still keep under $600 and have an AM3 build . We know that in gaming the forth core doesnt contribute much so theres no performance hit in that scenario by using an X3 .
Theres an article in the cpu section called something like " how many cores do you really need "


AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz + COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB $153
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD $31

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $50

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 $70

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $80

POWERCOLOR AX4870 1GBD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$514 [ after rebates ] and you get a free game

If you really wanted the antec 300 , then dont get the case/cpu combo and buy them seperately

If you really want a the 945 quad it fits in a $600 budget too
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