First Build, $700-800 Budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 4-6 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $600-700 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing net, watching movies, listening to music, photo editting, occasional gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, or whoever has best price

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD cpu

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe at later date SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 X 1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build after using a mediore Dell for 3 years. I'm trying to build a system for everyday use like, surfing the net, watching movies, photo editting, etc. and maybe an occassional game, but don't have a very large budget. Would like to hear any advice and suggestions for the parts chosen or others and reccommendations for 2-4GB DDR3 RAM and anything else I may be forgetting. Thanks.

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

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

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137&cm_re=cooler_master_690_case-_-11-119-137-_-Product

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&Tpk=corsair%20750tx

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151176

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007&cm_re=artic_silver_5-_-35-100-007-_-Product
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  1. You chose quality parts so far, but there is one thing glaring at me. You have selected a 750w power supply to run integrated graphics. 750w is overkill even for a single dedicated graphics card.

    If you don't think your occasional gaming requires a dedicated card like a 5750-5770 (or older) you could drop your PSU down to below 500w. If your occasional gaming could benefit from a new low/mid end card then i would go for 550-650w at most psu. 750w is enough for 2 of the new generation high end cards.

    If you want to OC at a later date, getting an aftermarket cooler now and installing it at initial build will save a lot of hassle down the line.
  2. I would suggest getting a 4670, it will handle occasional gaming significantly better, and will still allow you to drop your PSU down to something like the corsair 400CX, which will save you $60 and totally offset the price of the card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008&Tpk=400CX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102854

    Also, you want a SATA optical drive, not an IDE one. Ribbon cables are short these days and a pain to route in the case.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136167

    As for a ram kit, this one recently won a tom's recommended buy for being a bargin and an extremely good performer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262
  3. Thanks for the advice and reccommendations. I plan on using the integrated graphics for few months before getting a GPU. For the PSU, I just wanna make sure it has enough power for any future upgrades I may do. Besides the Corsair 400CX, would one of these be good?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    What aftermarket cooler would you guys recommend?
  4. Coolermaster Hyper 212 - inexepensive, good ratings in cooling and quiet and fits every socket.


    If you send in the MIR, both PSUs are the same price so go with the 650.
  5. The 650 will be able to power your system and any single graphics card on the market or coming to market in foreseeable future. The same can be said for the 550 most likely, but as dndhatcher said, after MIR there is no reason to get the 550 over 650 unless you want to save 3 dollars on your electric bill a year.
  6. Ought to give ya more headroom to slot in your dream GPU later when u pull the trigger on a discrete hehe Multi GPU ain't a hit wif me :P
  7. batuchka said:
    Ought to give ya more headroom to slot in your dream GPU later when u pull the trigger on a discrete hehe Multi GPU ain't a hit wif me :P
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/lukghuk.jpg

    good build!
  8. Thanks for the build recommendation. Gives me another option to think about. Would an Athlon II X3 435 be too much of a performance drop compared to the Phenom II X3 720?
  9. none, you'll gain, the athlon II X3 is a PII x3 without the L3, the diff between athlon II x4 and pII x4 is 10% in favor for the PII, I guess it is near for the x3.
    also, the 720 is BE, ocing it is easy and it is a beast.
  10. I think Daggs answered your question backwards. The Athlon x3 is probably around 10% slower than the Phenom x3 at the same clock.
  11. dndhatcher said:
    I think Daggs answered your question backwards. The Athlon x3 is probably around 10% slower than the Phenom x3 at the same clock.

    right, my bad.
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