$500-$600 Gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:Within the next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$600 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Student work, etc

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Speakers, OS (Currently have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No particular website in mind, newegg is fine.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Missouri, United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would prefer an ATI Card

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first time building a computer, not really up to date on current parts, and would like some help picking them out. What do you all think of these?

AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail $76.00 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103726

ASUS M4A785T-M/CSM AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131609

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 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail 174.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121355

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Retail $54.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

Rosewill R901-P BK Triple 120mm Cooling Fan, Mesh Design Front Panel, ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147125

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136167

Total value - $570

Suggestions or improvements would be welcome. :)
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  1. You forgot to include a psu. If you want to save cash, and don't mind rebates then this psu will be fine. If not, you will need a 500w psu, only choose from a good brand like Antec, Corsair, OCz, Seasonic, and Thermaltake.

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
    $45 -After rebates

    Thats to expensive for a 5770, use this one here, its cheaper for the same thing. The 5770 is meant to play games at high settings at a 1900 res. Gpus like the 4770, 4850, and the GTS 250 are designed to play games at high settings at a 1600. So if you want total overkill go with the 5770, but if you want to save money and still see your videogames at high settings then get one of the other 3 cards I mentioned.

    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=N82E16814102864&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-864-_-Product
    $155 -Free Shipping

    If you want to save some cash, use this mobo here, its from the same brand and is nearly identical in features but is only $65:

    ASUS M4A78LT-M LE AM3 AMD 780L Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131619

    You can save some cash on the disk drive:

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151197
    $27 -Free Shipping
  2. Quote:
    Your ram has bad latencies of 9, try 7 instead:
    http://images17.newegg.com/is/imag [...] TS?$S180W$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231275
    $95 -Free Shipping


    err... Victorious listed ram with a cas latency of 7, this one is 8?
  3. blackjellognomes said:
    Quote:
    Your ram has bad latencies of 9, try 7 instead:
    http://images17.newegg.com/is/imag [...] TS?$S180W$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231275
    $95 -Free Shipping


    err... Victorious listed ram with a cas latency of 7, this one is 8?


    Whoops, I'll edit the ram...
  4. MothMusic said:
    You forgot to include a psu. If you want to save cash, and don't mind rebates then this psu will be fine. If not, you will need a 500w psu, only choose from a good brand like Antec, Corsair, OCz, Seasonic, and Thermaltake.
    http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/17-341-022-S01?$S180W$
    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
    $45 -After rebates


    What if I were to drop the case I chose and pick

    RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156062&cm_re=500W_PSU-_-11-156-062-_-Product

    It comes with a 500W power supply, and the reviews seem good on it. Should it be good enough to power everything? Thanks for the suggestions on the card, the mobo and the dvd drive.
  5. Victorious said:
    What if I were to drop the case I chose and pick

    RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156062&cm_re=500W_PSU-_-11-156-062-_-Product

    It comes with a 500W power supply, and the reviews seem good on it. Should it be good enough to power everything? Thanks for the suggestions on the card, the mobo and the dvd drive.


    That case is fine, but the psu is not. Its from a no name brand and does not have 80 plus certification. But the Antec Sonata III comes with a 500w psu that does have 80 plus is $99 with free shipping. Try that instead, it will save you $25.

    Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
    $99 Free Shipping

    80 Plus Certified
    The Antec Earthwatts EA-500 with 80 PLUS certified power supply provides high power efficiency of at least 80% at any load between 20% and 100%, saving your money on your electrical bill, reducing heat in your computer's system and prolonging its life.
  6. MothMusic said:
    That case is fine, but the psu is not. Its from a no name brand and does not have 80 plus certification. But the Antec Sonata III comes with a 500w psu that does have 80 plus is $99 with free shipping. Try that instead, it will save you $25.
    http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/11-129-024-S01?$S180W$
    Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
    $99 Free Shipping

    http://c1.neweggimages.com/BizIntell/item/11/129/11-129-024/11-129-024_h5.jpg80 Plus Certified
    The Antec Earthwatts EA-500 with 80 PLUS certified power supply provides high power efficiency of at least 80% at any load between 20% and 100%, saving your money on your electrical bill, reducing heat in your computer's system and prolonging its life.


    Alright, will do, thanks for your help.
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