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First Time Budget Gaming PC Build under $900

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December 6, 2009 9:33:02 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: Under $900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: In the future / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Goals of this PC build: A satisfactory gaming rig, long-lasting (future-proof for at least 2 years), I will also be using Windows 7-64bit

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Optical Drive:
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply/ Motherboard (combo deal)
CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Graphics Card/Memory (combo deal)
XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9DHX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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This will be my first time building a PC. My current PC has gotten old, and my games cant run that well anymore. I want to be able to have fairly nice looking games without sacrificing a lot of performance. Some games that I play right now are Team Fortress 2, Company of Heroes, CS:S and (in the future) Starcraft II

I pretty sure all these parts are compatible and will work nicely. Please give advice/opinions on possible performance, compatibility and money-saving ideas.

Grand Total of all Parts(w/o Rebates and OS):$821.93

Thanks!
December 6, 2009 9:48:26 PM


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$186 -Freeshipping

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 -Freeshipping

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110 -Freeshipping

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$310

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60 -Freeshipping

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 -Freeshipping

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60 -After rebates

$881 -After rebates
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December 6, 2009 10:40:13 PM


This is with the OS:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$166 -Freeshipping


A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1333GB2G8-AG - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89


GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 -After rebates


SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$310


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 - Freeshipping


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55


OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45 -After rebates


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$105 -Freeshipping


Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118030
$28 -Freeshipping

Total = $923 -After rebates
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December 7, 2009 12:56:22 PM

Panaman, Just a few thoughts on your build: You're absolutely right that you don't need a quad core CPU; with most apps, it won't give you much of a boost over dual or triple. In your case, I would even consider using a Phenom II X2 550 since it'll give you higher performance without OC'ing.

Your PSU looks like an overkill. You should be more than ok with 550W, so the OCZ unit MothMusic recommends will serve you just fine.

Everything else looks good to me.
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December 7, 2009 2:42:17 PM

More and more games are going to support multiple cores. So its good to be ready for the future. Plus if your spending that much cash, you should really get the best stuff you can get.



Try this:

Core i5 750 Processor Boxed
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$150

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$150 -Freeshipping

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 -Freeshipping

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 -Freeshipping

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$165 -Freeshipping

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60 -After rebates


Total = $735 -After rebates
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December 7, 2009 2:48:22 PM

The above build is pretty good, except for the motherboard. The OP said he is interested in Crossfire in the future. The above motherboard runs its second PCI-E slot at 4x speed. You will want a motherboard that supports 8x Crossfire if you're really wanting to leave the option of Crossfire open.

Here's a pretty inexpensive quality motherboard that runs at 8x speed in Crossfire:

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $149.99
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December 7, 2009 2:52:51 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
The above build is pretty good, except for the motherboard. The OP said he is interested in Crossfire in the future. The above motherboard runs its second PCI-E slot at 4x speed. You will want a motherboard that supports 8x Crossfire if you're really wanting to leave the option of Crossfire open.

Here's a pretty inexpensive quality motherboard that runs at 8x speed in Crossfire:

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $149.99


Thanks for the compliment! :D  I've spent hours putting together a solid build for under $700 that gets the most bang for the money.

I'll update the mobo too.
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December 7, 2009 3:00:48 PM

i would go ahead and make that 5770 a 5850 since he has the room to upgrade
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December 7, 2009 3:02:53 PM

darksupreme said:
i would go ahead and make that 5770 a 5850 since he has the room to upgrade


Wouldn't a 5850 be overkill for a 1600 resolution? I suggested something similar on here before and got criticized pretty heavily for it...
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December 7, 2009 3:03:48 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Actually, one other thing I noticed is that the RAM is not a good idea either. It's rated 1.65v - 1.85v. The maximum RAM voltage for the Intel i5/i7 chips is 1.65v. I would spend the extra $11 on this CAS 7 DDR3 1333 kit that runs at 1.5v.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail $99.99


I'll update the build with this ram then. Thanks for the info :) 
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December 14, 2009 2:00:18 AM

lok said:
Panaman, Just a few thoughts on your build: You're absolutely right that you don't need a quad core CPU; with most apps, it won't give you much of a boost over dual or triple. In your case, I would even consider using a Phenom II X2 550 since it'll give you higher performance without OC'ing.

Your PSU looks like an overkill. You should be more than ok with 550W, so the OCZ unit MothMusic recommends will serve you just fine.

Everything else looks good to me.


Your exactly right, most games today do not utilize all 3-4 cores. About my PSU, now that I think about it is overkill. I will probably go with a 600W.

Thanks for the ideas
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December 14, 2009 2:09:47 AM

Since I will be using the monitor resolution of 1600x1050, is my choice of ATI Radeon 4890 overkill as well? And if I get , say a 5770, will I be able to max out settings on games like Team Fortress 2, Company of Heroes and Left 4 Dead. And in the future, will Crossfiring that 5770 be a viable option to compete with future games?

I appreciate all the feedback, you are making the build process a lot easier.

Thanks
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December 15, 2009 3:42:45 AM

lol yes tf2 definitely, same with l4d2 ,right now i think the 5770 is the best option for you right now.
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