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October 15, 2009 5:21:07 PM

I want to build the PC that was mentioned in the recent article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-gaming-pc,2424....

It is the $650 Gaming PC that was published on September 2009. I am completely new to the process of building computers so I need some quick help. I want to purchase all of the parts mentioned in the article:

CPU
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition $103
CPU Cooler
AMD Boxed Heatsink/Fan 0
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P $110
RAM
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Model OCZ2G10664GK $50
Graphics
2 x Sapphire 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB $190
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB $57
Sound
Integrated
Network
Integrated
Case
Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P BK $30
Power
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W $80
Optical Drive
Samsung Black 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-S223B $27

but the problem is that the RAM is currently deactivated on newegg.com. I am a complete newbie when it comes to parts so I don't know where to find this exact same product on another site. I tried googling and going to tigerdirect, amazon, and such but they always give me multiple ones I can choose from. Can anyone link me from a different site the same exact RAM for this build? I plan on following the whole entire article since this is my first build and I don't want anything going uber wrong.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2009 5:24:21 PM
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You should be able to put a better build together for $650. Keep in mind that the above build doesn't include an operating system. That will add another $100 to the build. What all will you be doing with the computer? What resolution does your monitor run at?

Prices of DDR2 RAM are on the rise since it's not the standard any more. This RAM would work with that system.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail $79.99

I would get a single HD5770 for $160.

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $159.99

The hard drive they chose is an older model. This one is considerably faster.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

The Samsung SATA DVD burners are out of stock at Newegg. You can get one here.

SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk $29.99
October 15, 2009 5:35:10 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
You should be able to put a better build together for $650. Keep in mind that the above build doesn't include an operating system. That will add another $100 to the build.


I already have an OS. I am new everything so I just plan to follow the article to the exact word. I know a better build could be accomplished with the $650 but I wouldn't even know where to begin on how to maximize its potential.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2009 5:43:01 PM

manbearchris said:
I already have an OS. I am new everything so I just plan to follow the article to the exact word. I know a better build could be accomplished with the $650 but I wouldn't even know where to begin on how to maximize its potential.

That's what we're here for. We put together optimized builds all day long.
October 15, 2009 5:48:10 PM

Thank you very much!
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