Need advice on gaming sytem.

Hi, I'm looking to spend 700 - 800 for a gaming rig that I can upgrade easily. My plan is to spend the initial amount and put a few hundred a month toward it after that.

I have never tried to do a complete home built system and was looking at

I want to eventually have 2 video cards and I'm also looking for something in which I can upgrade the processor eventually as well. This is what I have so far, any advice is appreciated.

Also I don't want to build the system myself, I understand it may cost more through ibuypower but would like to use that site or something similar.

NZXT Gamma Gaming Mid Tower Case-Black

[== Quad Core ==] AMD Athlon™ II X4 630

Quad-Core CPU

Processor Cooling
Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink

2 GB [1 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory
Module-Corsair-Value or Major Brand
(I want to add 4gb to this, their ram seems too expensive?)

Video Card
ATI Radeon HD 5770 - 1GB DirectX 11
Support-Single Card

Video Card Brand
Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA

[CrossFire] ASUS M4A78 PLUS -- AMD

770/SB700 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN,

S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, Dual PCI-E MB

Power Supply
600 Watt -- Power Supply SLI Ready

Primary Hard Drive
500 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200

RPM, 3.0Gb/s-Single Drive

Optical Drive
22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW +

CD-R/RW Drive-Black

Flash Media Reader/Writer
12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card


Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + [Free

60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007(Word,

Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access ....)


Standard Warranty Service-Standard

3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime

Technical Support

Price: $783

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  1. What type of PSU and HDD? (BRAND)
  2. nekko said:
    What type of PSU and HDD? (BRAND)

    I personally wouldn't recommend cheap boutique builders like Cyberpower PC or ibuypower.
    Unless you pay premium prices for the name brand components they often use the cheapest, non name refurbished components they can find. Which is y they won't list the brand names for the PSU and HDD or RAM.

    Also if you're planning on upgrading the PC yourself every month you might as well build it yourself as you're gonna void the warranty anyway once you upgrade.

    Edit: On second thought, voiding the warranty and solving issues yourself would actually be faster, less frustrating and cheaper than using ibuypower or cyberpc customer support...
  3. haha why did you quote what I said and not him?.. Anyways building is soooo much better than buying and it is EXTREMELY easy!

    And its fun and you know what has been done to it.
  4. And you could make a better build for the same price, like a 955 BE build.
  5. lol i actually hit the reply to nekko button instead of post reply button =P
  6. If you really insist on getting a premade PC, get one from AVA Direct. They're basically newegg's custom PC arm, before they split into 2 companies.

    Compare their lifetimes ratings to cyberpowerpc or ibuypower on reseller ratings.

    Here's a link to a good build for $758.69.
    Grab win 7 from for $30 and add shipping and total comes to ~$820

    components in case link won't work. The 7200.12 Seagate is very important. 7200.11 has major firmware issues.

    CUSTOM DESKTOP COMPUTER Phenom™ II X4 AM3 DDR3-1333 Mainstream Series System $758.69

    * COMPUCASE (HEC) 6C28B Black Mid-Tower Case, No PSU, ATX
    * ANTEC Basiq BP500U, 500W, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, One 6-pin PCIe
    * GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P (rev. 1.0), AM3, AMD® 770, DDR3-1666 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID /6, HDA, GbLAN, FW /3, ATX, Retail
    * AMD Phenom™ II X3 720 Triple-Core 2.8GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 3x 512KB L2 + 6MB L3 cache, 95W, 45nm, Black Edition, Retail
    * KINGSTON 4GB (2 x 2GB) ValueRAM PC3-8500 DDR3 1066MHz CL7 (7-7-7) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
    * XFX Radeon™ HD 5770 850MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4800MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI /2, DP, HDMI, Retail
    * SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
    * RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
    * SONY AD-7241S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
    * ALPS DF354H Black Internal 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive
    * NONE No Operating System (Choose OS or subject to Limited Support)
    * WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

    edit: ok their configurator doesn't let me link saved changes, so just follow my component list above.
  7. RavageMM ,

    If you have any questions, regarding the type of system you're looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me by PM or email.

    Kind Regards,
  8. Lol, didn't know you guys actually trolled these forums too!
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