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November 28, 2009 1:48:06 AM

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Hi all,
Im making my first computer very soon, probably starting after the holidays.
Anyway, i just wanted to make sure that all the pieces that im want to buy fit together properly and will make a moderate standard gaming cumputer. I know I probably need more ram but i will be getting another 4g's once i get windows 7. I can probably go up about another $100 for parts. I want the system to be able to change a lot, ill probably change the processor next cristmas to a black edition phenomen quad core. Also ill get another of the graphics card.

I live in Victoria, Australia. I hope to get all my parts of mwave.com.au but im sure i can search around for any parts they dont stock if you feel like it will boost performance considerably.
I have a total budget of $1100 AUD.
I dont need to purchase a new Operating system but will be getting one about 5 months after.
Ill be playing games mostly like spore and sims, but i also play online rpgs.

Give me your opinions, your answers are greatly appreciated.
So the specs are:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, 2.80GHz, Triple Core, Socket AM3, 95W TDP, 3x512KB L2 Cache, 6MB L3 Cache, Stepping C2, Boxed, Heka (HDZ720WFGIBOX)

Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E Motherboard, AM3, AMD 790GX, Dual DDR3 1600, PCIe2.0 x16, SATAII, RAID, Gigabit LAN, USB, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI, IEEE 1394, eSATA, 8-Channel Audio, ATX, CrossFire

Case: Thermaltake SopranoRS 100 ATX Full Tower Case, SECC Build, 5x 5.25" Drive Bays, 7x 3.5" Drive Bays, 2x USB, 1x e-SATA, HD Audio, Black (VG6000BWS) No PSU

HDD: Samsung 500GB 3.5" Spinpoint F3 HDD, 7200rpm, SATA II 3.0Gbs, 16MB Cache, 3 Years Warranty (HD502HJ)

RAM: OCZ 2GB (1x 2GB) Value Series Memory, 2GB PC3-8500 (1066MHz) DDR3 SDRAM, 240-pin DIMM, Unbuffered, CL7 (OCZ3V10662G)

Graphics Card: Sappire Radeon HD 5770 Video Card, 1024MB 1280-bit DDR5 RAM, 850 / 2400 MHz Clock, Dual DVI, HDMI Out, Display Port, HDCP, CrossFire Ready, PCIe 2.0 x16 (21163-00-41R)

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 600W Power Supply, 135mm Silent Fan, 80+ Certified, Support SLI (RS-600-AMBA-D3)

VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Turbo Module Boost Up Your Passive Cooler, Turbo Module, Helps Boost up the GPU and Memory Overclockability, 6 Year Manufactory Warranty (FN-VGA-AC-01)

Extra Case Fan: Cooler Master 120mm Blue LED Fan, Sleeve Bearing, 2000RPM, 19dB, Silent Fan (R4-L2R-20CK-GP)

Things that wont be needed: Monitor, DVD RW, Speakers
November 28, 2009 2:02:33 AM

Better hard drive Seagate 500 GB 7200.12, single platter, faster. If you do this, make sure you do not get the 7200.11.

And because this is your first build, look at this:
Our standard checklist and troubleshooting thread:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...

The checklist at the beginning may keep you from making noobish mistakes.
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November 28, 2009 2:04:36 AM

Four important questions before I respond:

1) Where about do you live?
2) What is your final total budget?
3) Do you need to purchase a new Operating System?
4) What monitor resolution will you be playing at? What kind of games?

A few general suggestions:
- Yes, the AM3 mobos are a good choice, they will have good expandability
- Yes, the 5770 is a good choice
- The OCZ Fatal1ty 550W has a great mail-in rebate offer now
- Go for the 2 GB RAM sticks (not that much more expensive, and makes upgrading cheaper)
- The Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB is a great hard drive. I would consider that over the one you selected.
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November 28, 2009 2:41:18 AM

Your build is solid, but here are a couple tweaks. Use the Western Digital Caviar Black (instead of green) or Samsung Spinpoint F3 hard drives. The power supply could be upgraded to a better brand. Make sure it has 80+ and Active PF.
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November 28, 2009 11:12:59 PM

I would not recommend using the OCZ value series, you should invest a little more and get some quality
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