Need help building $650 or less entertainment/gaming pc

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Probably between January and July 2010
BUDGET RANGE: $650 or less

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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, os and speakers.


PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU and a mid tower case.



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hmm...lets see, first of all I don't know much about computer parts so I tried to answer the questions to the best of my abilities. Computer wise I'm looking to build a computer that can play at least blu-ray 720p movies without any hickups. My old dell e521 played 720p videos fine with a geforce 7300 le video card. After movie watching, I would like it to be able to handle casual to moderate gaming. I don't need all the settings on games to be maxed out or anything. Games I would like to play with normal video settings are: Elder Scrolls Oblivion, Call of Duty: Mordern Warfare & World at War, Command and Conquer Tiberious Wars and World at Conflict. The computer being noisy isn't a problem but I would like it to remain as cool (temp. wise) as possible (no liquid cooling either) and have a 1tb hard drive.


Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

*All help is greatly appreciated!!!!
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  1. Avid_Listener, do you need an OS?
  2. If you don't need the Operating System, go with an ATI Radeon 5770.
  3. No I don't need an OS, sorry I forgot to include that :o
  4. if you dont need an os, then get this instead of the os/vid card combo:

    still within your budget, and an absolutely amazing computer :)
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    The 4670 can handle modern games at high settings at a 1400 res, so it will be overkill for your current resoulution. I assume that you wanted a 1tb hdd so you can burn your Blu-Rays to your pc, if not, then you can lower the price of the build to $556 with this blu-ray reader here:

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
    $119 -Free Shipping

    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1067 - Retail
    $78 for two sticks -Free Shipping

    MSI R4670-MD512 Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $90 -Free Shipping

    LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk Model WH08LS20K - OEM
    $150 -Free Shipping

    Total = $646

    Or $697 with your original case.
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