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1st Timer!!Help with budget gaming comp

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October 23, 2009 6:04:19 PM

My brother-in-law talked me into trying to build myself a new computer. I have never built one but have been doing a lot of research the last few months and feel like I'm ready to take a shot at it. My brother-in-law has experience with this so I'm sure I can ask him for help if I get into too much trouble. I am looking to spend $700-$750 out the door taxes and shipping. I would appreciate any coments and suggestion you could help me with on this build. Here is what I am thinking about going with:

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103649
$119.00

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119137
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136319
-$45.00 Combo
$159.98
$99.98

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128392
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-128-392 $84.99
$79.99

XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150369
$109.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231278
$80.99

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371007
$69.99

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer Black SATA Model 1260i - Retail
Item #: N82E16827140042
$31.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
$109.99

Total with tax, shipping and MIR's = $743.44


Any and all suggestion are welcome. Also, does anyone know of a good website that can give you a step by step guide for putting this thing together or should I even be attemping this if I just asked that question?

FYI - I have a new monitor (Full HD 1080p) and do not need a keyboard or mouse.

Thanks alot in advance!!!

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October 23, 2009 7:56:58 PM

Don't forget to use this combo deal for your CPU and motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The EA500 would work great for your system, but here's a combo deal for Windows 7 + a modular OCZ 600W PSU that would save another $10:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You could either pocket the $20 saved from the above combo deals or use it to upgrade to a new 5750 GPU (That's what I'd do).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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October 23, 2009 10:30:02 PM

You might want to look at the HD 5750 graphics card for DX11, a bit more GPU speed and less power usage. That way when DX11 games are more common in a couple years you wont need to buy a new graphics card. If you dont game then it wont matter.
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October 24, 2009 2:16:30 AM

Not sure if you are a student or not, but there is a good deal for windows 7 that you might be able to take advantage of to save some cash.

www.win741.com

Just googled and found this
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_To_Assemble_A_Desktop_...

seems to be a decent how-to, i like the fact that it has pictures to help you. Couple rules are don't force anything, and don't shock anything. Your motherboard will also have an installation guide but it may be slightly more advanced. But be sure to try to follow it!

Oh, and let us know what kind of games you are into (specific titles if you can) because that can make a large difference when choosing a gpu.

Good luck!
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October 24, 2009 9:20:20 PM

frosty7 said:
Not sure if you are a student or not, but there is a good deal for windows 7 that you might be able to take advantage of to save some cash.

www.win741.com

Just googled and found this
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_To_Assemble_A_Desktop_...

seems to be a decent how-to, i like the fact that it has pictures to help you. Couple rules are don't force anything, and don't shock anything. Your motherboard will also have an installation guide but it may be slightly more advanced. But be sure to try to follow it!

Oh, and let us know what kind of games you are into (specific titles if you can) because that can make a large difference when choosing a gpu.

Good luck!



I'm not a huge gamer but like to play WOW and will play Starcraft II when it comes out. Thanks for all the help.
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