Game/Music/College PC Build, Advice Needed

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Need to buy build this asap BUDGET RANGE: $500-600 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Most importantly I would use this for Music/Games I will be using MS office very regularly with school. Random web surfing, but I will use my old pc for downloads and main web usage.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: For now, Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have not used many online sites, so advice on who to use would be greatly appreciated.


PARTS PREFERENCES: I would probably use AMD for budget reason, but am open to either

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I want to try and do this


MONITOR RESOLUTION: right now only 1280x1024 but looking to use these, * I forget which one a 22 ince monitor uses 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a case that looks good, maybe has a window and some lights. I've never had anything like that before. Mainly just a case that cools very well and has room for everything.

I'm thinking something with alot of ram, good speed, and a good video card. I want to be able to use this for games mainly. I also make music and want to be able to have alot of tracks open in say FL studio and be able to laydown some piano without the lag stutter of my current PC. Any advice and help would be great.

I really have no idea where to start when it comes to building this.

School has already started and I really need to get this thing open as asson as I can.


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  1. Here's a build to get the ideas started:

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $188.99 - $10.00 MIR (CPU + motherboard combo)

    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

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

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply - Retail $129.94 (Case + PSU combo)

    SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $154.99

    Total - $612.90 - $10.00 MIR

    You should be able to pick up 64-bit Windows 7 for cheap from your school.
  2. Shortstuff beat me. Thats basically component by component what I was about to post.

    You could probably drop the graphics card to a $100 4850
    It could possibly need replaced by a 5xxx series DX11 card for heavier gaming when the new monitor was purchased, but then DX11 could make the 4870 just as replaceable.
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