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>$600 budget gaming build

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September 25, 2009 6:38:28 AM

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Basic computing, Gaming (TF2, L4D, etc)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, whatever is cheaper
PARTS PREFERENCES: MicroATX; trying to make a minimalist build

COOLER MASTER Centurion MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - 39.99
BIOSTAR A785GE AM2+/AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - 69.99
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W - 119.00
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB + G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 - 209.98
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V + Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB - 97.99
Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer -29.99

Total ~ $566.93

Hey guys, I could use some feedback on this build. Thanks in advance for all the recommendations! All of these are found on newegg except for the last, which is from tigerdirect.
September 25, 2009 6:47:12 AM

ur spending way 2 much money on ram. maximum 50 bucks for ddr2 and 800m mhz is same than 1066 mhz for gaming.
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September 25, 2009 2:54:15 PM

That case looks awful. For one, it comes with NO fans, not even the rear one. It appears to take 80mm fans, rather than quieter, more effective 120mm. For the same price, the Coolermaster Elite micro-ATX case at would be better. For $10 less, I'd get this Rosewill, because it has more space for mounting drives, and historically I've found the quality of cheap Rosewill cases to be much better than that of cheap Coolermaster cases:
The PSU you've selected is not 80+ certified. For $10 more, get an Antec Earthwatts 500, which is, or the OCZ Modstream 500W if you want modular cables. If it were me, since the HD4870 uses both of the PCIE power cables, I'd give up the modular cabling for the better Antec.
September 25, 2009 3:20:47 PM

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail ($109.99 + Free Shipping)

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail ($69.99 w/ $10 MIR)

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail ($76.00 + Free Shipping)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail ($88.99 + Free Shipping)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM ($49.99 + Free Shipping)

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail ($199.99 + Free Shipping)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM ($31.99)

Total: $626.94

I know you mentioned a microATX case, but this one is still fairly small, and you really limit yourself with such a small case in terms of expandibility and longevity.

With a 3Ghz CPU and a HD4890, you will have some fantastic performance in games.
September 25, 2009 5:40:21 PM

Sounds good, thanks for the PSU + Case advice!
September 25, 2009 6:40:09 PM

As some have suggested, picking up some DDR3 would be advised. DDR2 will get very expensive soon just like DDR has.
September 25, 2009 6:49:42 PM

And don't forget the AM3 only mobo.