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First build gaming PC: $700-$900 Need advice

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December 30, 2009 8:06:48 AM

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming BUDGET RANGE: $700-$900

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 (24in)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Here is what I have so far.

Antec 300 case ($57.12):
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000GQMHB...

Corsair 650HX PS:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B002LVUPZ...

XFX Radeon HD 5770 ($179.99):
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B002SP113...

Samsung 500GB HD ($55.43):
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B002J65AH...

Logitech G500 mouse ($39.99):
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B002J9GDX...

Saitek Keyboard ($36.32):
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007TJ7T...

AMD Phenom XII 955, ASUS M4A79XTD 790X, and G.Skill 4GB DDR3 ram combo ($343.98):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Maybe this dvd drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and Arctic Silver 5 paste and a SATA cable for about $10.

I'm from California, with tax and everything it comes to about $943. After MIR about $900.

Does this look like a good build at a good price? This is my first build, so I'm looking for advice and help. I have amazon prime, so I have free shipping on amazon.

Thanks
December 30, 2009 8:59:28 AM

^ What kind of games do you play ?
For FPS intensive games, the HD 5770 might not be able to play all the current releases at max settings at that resolution...
If I were you , I would spend less on keyboard and mouse for now, get a non modular PSU, and invest the amount saved on a better graphics card - HD 5850...
But its your call though...
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December 30, 2009 9:05:33 AM

Agreed on the 5850. Do the above for some savings, and you might consider getting a 785 motherboard. Cheaper and equal, unless you're into to extreme overclocking (in which case you'll need a CPU cooler btw) and/or Crossfire. If you're just going to get a light overclock and aren't intrested in Crossfire, a 785 is the way to go.

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December 30, 2009 10:02:24 AM

I'm looking to play MW2, L4D2, Dragon Age.

From mixing and matching, I find the 790x with the 955 and ram combo to be the best deal, but it might be because I'm sticking to an asus or gigabyte mobo.

What brand graphic card should I go with. There are so many 5850 out there on newegg. Should I do Crossfire with 2 5770? How does the 4890 compare to the 5850 and the 5770?

Would the system suffice with a 550W PSU?

Yeah, I think I might go with a cheaper keyboard and mouse.
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December 30, 2009 10:31:52 AM

^ Yes for the type of games you play, a faster card would be suitable...
If you will not likely add another HD 5850, then a 550W would suffice...
Here is a very good 550W PSU for $45 after rebates
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you want to have the option of crossfire open, then get this PSU -
Seasonic 650W - Has the required power and power connectors(4x 6Pin PCIe power connectors) for 2x HD 5850
SeaSonic S12E Bronze 650W 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And dont fall for that useless review that has been posted there...
Here are some proper reviews about a similar Seasonic PSU -
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article656-page1.html
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1995

And like you said that combo is a good one...And I think you can stick with that combo by only changing the PSU, keyboard and mouse...
And also check out this case -
NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- It is also a very good case and was used in the TOM's $1300 build and turned out to be quiet good...also the side window is a bonus too...
This case will save you about $20 with Mail-In-Rebates...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-own-pc,2503-2...
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