My build under $600, needs a review and open to better options !!

I am going to keep my current case Antec 300
Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor.
I have windows 7 but will install 64 bit instead of 32 bit
I have my dvr drives. and a 1TB seagate drive.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

Uses: College work
Online Poker
Gaming:
WoW
SC2 when it comes out
Eve online (maybe thinking about joining this)
Warcraft 3
Internet Browsing
Watching Movies online


Any advice is appreciated.
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  1. Fill out the form in my sig and we'll be able to help you out more. But in the meantime, you could probably drop down to a 770 mobo
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    and 550W PSU
    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550%20vx

    if you're not crossfiring.
    Also, get this faster, cheaper RAM instead
    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478
  2. See if you bump 10 $ more you can easily get a quad core AMD X4 620.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103706

    Do you need Crossfire, if you don't you can skimp on motherboard quite a bit:
    GA-MA785GM-US2H
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394&Tpk=ga-ma785gm-us2h

    PSU: You won't need such a high rating PSU, get this combo deal instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.274497
    This PSU is actually more than enough....
  3. ^ Both with good advice, especially about replacing that RAM
  4. I highly reccomend the parts suggested by jbakerlent!
    After mail in rebates it will save you $107!

    Then you can take that money and either keep it or spend it on something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    If you won't/don't want to overclock your processor then you can get this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696

    Trust me on this: You will not regret getting a high clock frequency Quad core with an L3 cache espcially after it's a couple years old and you are still using it.
  5. dark_lord69 said:
    I highly reccomend the parts suggested by jbakerlent!
    After mail in rebates it will save you $107!

    Then you can take that money and either keep it or spend it on something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    If you won't/don't want to overclock your processor then you can get this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696

    Trust me on this: You will not regret getting a high clock frequency Quad core with an L3 cache espcially after it's a couple years old and you are still using it.



    I agree , do not get the athlon ii x3 or x4
    If you want to save money on a processor get the athlon ii x2 because it has 1 mb of l2 cache for each core and its only 60 bucks
    you can upgrade the processor to something better latter if you want to (maybe when quad core prices fall more ?)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103688

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Athlon_II_X2_240/
  6. I wanted to oc the cpu and thought it was a good chip based off the article here on it (takling about the X3)
  7. jbakerlent said:
    Fill out the form in my sig and we'll be able to help you out more. But in the meantime, you could probably drop down to a 770 mobo
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    and 550W PSU
    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550%20vx

    if you're not crossfiring.
    Also, get this faster, cheaper RAM instead
    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478



    The reviews for that ram make me nervous
  8. the athlon ii x2 overclocks well too , look a the techpowerup link i posted.

    the thing about the athlon ii x3 and x4 is they have little l2 cache and no l3 cache
    if you are going for a budget i would goo x2 athlon if you want to spend a little more i would go phenom ii
  9. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Next week 11/4/09 BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 400-600) Before Rebates

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, playing poker, school work, watching movies, internet surfing, saving digital pictures)

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive, case, sound card)

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (Usa)

    PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (I would like to use an AMD CPU)

    OVERCLOCKING: Yes (although I've never OC anything before, so this will be my first time ( CROSSFIRE: Maybe

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)
    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I would like suggestions on equipment to set up dual monitors, right now I have a 22' acer monitor but would like to upgrade this with a better monitor so any suggestions will be appreciated, one with great price that's better than this Acer for gaming, and affordable as I will be getting two so I can set up the dual monitors) Also I have an Antec 300 with 3 fans running, do I need anymore air flow than this for my new build?)


    Based off you guys suggestions here are my specs:

    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103694

    RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478

    Combo deal: PSU AND GPU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.274497


    Thoughts? Good cpu for gaming? Can I over clock?
  10. What seagate HDD do you have? I would recommend just using the onboard sound. That case will be fine. Since you already have those parts, this actually would fit in under your budget.

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128398

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478

    ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121350

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    It even allows for future crossfire.
  11. That gpu is deactivated any other suggestions?
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