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October 24, 2009 10:23:50 PM

Im looking to build my first gaming rig. Unfortunatley im limited to the items i can buy. Im a teenager and dont have a huge income. My budget is about 430 Euro [$645]

I have attached some links to the items. Im certain Ive went over the budget so I need some help to decide what component to downgrade. I do have an old pc so i can take the monitor, case etc. for temporary use. is my site where i will buy all the goods.
So yuo can find all the stuff they have there. Theyre quite limited though.
Anyways, heres my 'setup'

Case: Cooler Master Scout -132Euro

Motherboard: Asus P5QC - 113Euro

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 – 149Euro

Graphics Card: Gainward GF9600GT – 85Euro

Power Supply: 850W Corsair – 142Euro

Hard Drive: 500GB Seagate – 52Euro

RAM: Corsair XMS DDR3 [2 GB] {1 GB + 1 GB} – 55Euro

Thanks in Advanced, All Advice is welcome :D 
Thanks once more for your time.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2009 10:38:42 PM

I would change quite a bit of the build, but first if you wouldn't mind filling out the form in my sig, it would help make my suggestions more accurate.
October 24, 2009 10:57:57 PM

Budget: 430Euro [$645]
Use: Gaming mostly [Crysis, Fallout, CS:S, NFS, CoD 4,5]
Processor: Intel
I dont plan to overclock or run SLI or Crossfire.
24" LCD
Highest Possible Resolution
See though side panel for the case.
Thanks again and sorry for the mess of my previous post :S
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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2009 11:05:56 PM

Socket 775 is not recommend much because it is already in the process of being phased out (it has been replaced by the new 1156/P55 lineup). An AMD build would be very nice for your uses and actually be better than an Core 2 one, is there any website that you have access to that carries more of their products?
October 24, 2009 11:09:05 PM

There are a couple more besides the one I have supplied,
Also, I can buy from
But preferably not delicate parts for I dont want them getting damaged on the way here.
Is there a particular, model/mobo you had in mind?
October 24, 2009 11:19:29 PM

Ill try find it on some site. Do AMDs' need more cooling than intels?
I just wanted to be aware to get necessary cooling.
What about the mobo?
Thanks for your input. Ill try to get some more cash, i just realised my budget is a little low for the things i want to accomplish on my future pc.
a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2009 11:21:56 PM

No the stock HSF (heatsink fan) will be fine unless you're overclocking in which case you could get an aftermarket one (it doesn't require any more cooling than a comparable intel). Your budget is not too terribly low btw.
a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2009 11:32:02 PM

I'd just get the first one, I don't see any difference (but I don't have much experience with amazon, so I could be missing somethin).
October 24, 2009 11:34:03 PM

Ok, ill order that one tomorrow.
I hear Gigabyte Motherboards are great with AMDs?
a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2009 11:40:34 PM

I'd hold off on the order just until we have a whole build worked out that fits your budget, I'll post some parts and see if you can find them and if they fit in your budget.

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


Mushkin XP 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop

ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI
Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
October 24, 2009 11:55:23 PM

Ok, everything totals up to 500Sterling.. [546 eur]
looks like a good build. should i not get the case for now and use my old mid tower case?
October 25, 2009 12:12:20 AM

whats the difference between the graphics cards? Will the performance be the same or will it differ by alot?
October 25, 2009 12:14:29 AM

Sorry for the double post, i cant edit my posts for some reason.
Is the PSU @ 550W enough to power everything properly?
Thank you so much for your help