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First Build - Gaming/Home office PC $465

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November 27, 2009 2:41:47 PM

Well, I just purchased the components for my first build attempt earlier this morning. Since this is my first time, I'm looking for some validation on my choices. Did I screw up on anything or miss something? Your input would be much appreciated.

I used the following thread as a starting point for my part selections, so thank you to those that contributed: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/forum/page-274739_9_0.html

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 11/27/09

BUDGET RANGE: $500 (After rebates & shipping)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, home business, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1024x768, but will upgrade with a new monitor at a later date

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for a system that will be useful for a few years with the ability to upgrade as needed.

So, here's my parts list:

CPU & Motherboard Combo - $134.98 (Includes $10 MIR)
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Video Card - $114.98 (Free shipping)
XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - $49.99 (Free shipping)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - $25.99 (Free shipping)
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $69.99 (Free shipping)
A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - $49.99 (Free shipping)
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - $49.99 (Includes $20 MIR, Free shipping)
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total Cost = $503.48 (includes $30 MIR & +$7.56 shipping)

Thanks for your input.
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