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December 28, 2009 5:26:58 AM

Hi,

I am currently trying to build my own pc during this Newegg boxing day sale and was wondering about some opinions on my choice of products.

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6819103680


ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6813131603


HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6814161287


CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820145251


Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6822136319




or if I should upgrade to a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz ----for 70 dollars.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6819103674

or go with a combo like these:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Combo [...] mbo.308589

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Combo [...] mbo.308682

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] 4&csid=_21


Also, what are the MOBOs any of you would recommend for these two proccesors?

I'm trying to make this machine as inexpensive as possible also and also wanted to know if upgrading to quad would make that big of a different now and in the future.

I will most likely be overclocking the system, it doesn't have to necessary
SLI/Crossfire is doubtful but may eventually use it when upgrading later

I have no monitor at the moment but resolution would probably be 1024x768 or the next step up.

The system will also be running on Windows XP 32 Bit

Your help is much appreciated,

Thanks.

EDIT:

Oh and also this system would be used for gaming; Counter-Strike: Source, WoW, L4D2 and I would also like it to be capable of handling upcoming games such as Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Final Fantasy 14 and the new Half-Life Engine (eventually).

Parts not needed: OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor(unless it is cheap), speakers

Aprox. purchase date: This week

I also don't mind sacrificing some perks now for a lower price and upgrading things later, basically I want to get it as cheap as possible.
December 28, 2009 12:45:27 PM

My cart:
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quantity of item 1


Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy



$32.49

select item 2 quantity of item 2


Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129024
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$50.00 Instant


$159.99
$109.99

select item 3 quantity of item 3


HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822145299
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy



$54.99

select item 4 quantity of item 4


ASUS VH192D Black 18.5

ASUS VH192D Black 18.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824236070
Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy

-$20.00 Instant


$139.99
$119.99

select item 5 quantity of item 5


MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813130228
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy



$84.99

select item 6 quantity of item 6


SAPPHIRE 100286L Radeon HD 4860 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SAPPHIRE 100286L Radeon HD 4860 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102866
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy



$134.99

select item 7 quantity of item 7


OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227346
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy



$78.99

select item 8 quantity of item 8


AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103724
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant


$98.99
$88.99

Subtotal: $705.42
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Beg, borrow or steal money for the rest. $700 including a monitor for a gaming pc is stretching it. The upcoming games will be more quad-core & gpu intensive. The HD 4860 is not a bad card. I looked for a 500W PSU, but a quality one cost more than $50. Might as well get a good psu + a case for $100. This Antec case is quiet & decent. Better than anything under $50.

Oh, the reason for X3 is that the 4th core MAY be unlocked.

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