I'm helping a friend build a pc for some moderate gaming, do you have any suggestions? His budget is $700 (For just pc and os, he has a monitor and keyboard), so after the OS i guess it's $600. I was thinking I could get him 4gbs ddr3 1330 mhz, amd phenom II 550, asus 110 motherboard, and an nzxt case. For the gpu I was originally hoping to get a 5770, but since it is in such low quantities, maybe he should get a gtx 260? And do any of you know the overclocking capabilities of the 550? could it reach >4ghz? Thanks for any suggestions.
How bout this instead of the other psu http://directron.com/cxi600b.html
And I'm really not sure myself about the graphics card, but it has such a good deal with windows 7..... Would the 2gbs affect it that much? This machine is only for gaming, and it is win7, not vista, so is it worth it to opt for the 4gbs? Even at current prices?
That PSU is a POS also. You do NOT want to try and save money on the PSU. That's the most important component in the system. A cheap PSU will cause all sorts of problems from system instability to fried components.
Here's a build that's just slightly over budget with the DVD burner.
Yea, that HEC PSU is also not a good idea. I'll give you a quick way to tell if it's a POS just by the pictures. See the little red switch on the back? That means it doesn't have active PFC and you should turn and run. A good PSU will have active PFC and be at least 80+ certified. Another good tip is to look at the Amp rating on the 12v rail(s) vs. the 3.3v and 5v rails. Old model PSU's have more Amps dedicated to the 3.3v and 5v rails which doesn't do a modern system any good. You want the majority of the Amps on the 12v rail(s).