Advice on Gaming PC $600-700

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully this week, although tonight would be great considering it is Cyber Monday.

BUDGET RANGE: I was shooting for about 600. I can live with up to 700, but the lower the better.


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, speakers, etc. (I just want the PC)


PARTS PREFERENCES: It doesnt matter as long as its the highest quality for the best price.

OVERCLOCKING: I am inexperienced, but certainly dont want to limit myself.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Same as above.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I dont have a nice monitor yet, but I hope to have a 22'' in the near future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm just looking to get the best bang for my buck. It is my first build, although I have experienced family members.

I've set up this build this afternoon and I was just wondering if I could get any advice, suggestions, or critiques. I'm looking to make a purchase ASAP, and my budget was about 600. I am willing to spend up to 700, but if there is anyway that I could cut costs without sacrificing quality I would like to. Also, this is my first build, so any general advice would be greatly appreciated. Are all these parts compatable with each other? Are there any that are known for being unreliable? Thanks in advanced!
Here it is:

Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan, Support up to 1x 140mm top fan, 2x 140mm side fan, 1x 140mm front fan, 1x 120mm rear fan - Retail


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail


ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

(220.98) combo

XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail

(254.98) combo

SUBTOTAL: $670.93
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    The case you selected is decent, but for your price range I normally recommend this one:

    A much faster HDD for the same price:

    Excellent PSU choice. If you want to be able to Crossfire AND have a decent overclock at the same time, you might want to spring for the 750TX to give yourself a little more headroom; though if you plan to overclock, you'll also want to invest in a good aftermarket cooler before you do so. It's much simpler to overclock now than it was even just a few years ago; you'll usually only need to change a couple of settings in BIOS.

    Excellent CPU/Mobo Choice.

    Good GPU/RAM choice. The 4890 will be overkill if you have a monitor that only supports a resolution of 1280x1024, but if you're planning on upgrading to something that can do 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, then it's a great choice. ATI also has DX11 compatible cards available in case you didn't already know.
  2. greate choise mate,though i would get a 5770 (or 5850 if u want to spend some $$ more) for DX11 and to be future proof(and maybe CF when you need the extra horsepower)
  3. Thanks for the advice! Although I don't know if you noticed, the case I originally chose is cheaper then the one you suggested (gotta love the holiday deals).

    Also, I will definitely switch out the HDD, that was a great suggestion.

    One more thing... the 4890 is not DX11 compatible?

    I believe I am going to make this purchase within the next few hours so any input at all would be much appreciated
  4. I agree with the above. I'd also recommend buying the Mobo/CPU combo ASAP. That's been up since last Wednesday, and is surely only a BF/CM deal.

    The Antec case is a little more expensive, but is a lot higher quality.

    EDIT: The RAM is also on a BF/CM special price. Get it cheap while you can...
  5. So the reason the case I chose is more expensive is because of its looks?
  6. Also, I want to be "future proof." Could someone suggest a DX11 compatible card that is around the same quality/price as the 4890 that I chose?

    EDIT: I'm noticing the samsung HDD that was suggested is not in stock. I would like to purchase all of the products at once. Is there any other HDD that could be suggested?
  7. There are only 4 DX11 graphics cards out. None of them are at the 4890 level. The 5850 is significantly faster and around $300 (when you can find it in stock). The 5770 is around $170 and performs at the 4870 level, not as fast as a 4890.

    The Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD is an good alternative since the F3 is out of stock. It is also a 500GB single platter drive.
  8. thanks dnd. I think I will stick with the 4890 due to the combo deal with the ram.
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