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Mid/Upper gamer for $750

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January 4, 2010 9:15:27 AM

I am looking to build a multi use computer that can handle most new games thrown at it. In a few more months I will be looking to add a second video card for crossfire, so power supply and mobo have to reflect this. 4 cores would be nice, and I plan to try and at least unlock them, but if not 2 cores will suit me just fine once I overlock a bit and will eventually go quad core later. Anything will blow the socks off this Dino Sempron 3100 Overclocked to 2.2 Ghz! I Am not willing to venture into water cooling, so gotta stick to air! So I would love it if you could check this build out and make sure it's all compatable, or if you have any suggestion to improve it also I would like to know :) 

Approximate purchase date: End of month
Budget Range: $700-$750
System usage: multi use that can handle games like Call of Duty just fine also
Parts not required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, and OS (Using Win 7 Home Premium 64bit)
Preferred websites: newegg
Country of origin: US
Parts preference:AMD and new ATI DX11 cards
Overclocking: Plan on overclocking or unlocking cores, or both!
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire fore sure in the future
Monitor resolution: 1440X900, but hope to get a new monitor fairly soon that will be 1680 x 1050 or better
Additional commends: Mobo has to have two PCI Express 2.0 x16 so I can crossfire the 5770 in a few months.

Case and CPU combo $139.00
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel Good price and Decent airflow and looks great too
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz hope to unlock cores and will overclock

CPU Heatsink/Fan $27.99
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro to keep it cool after unlocking cores/overlocking

Mobo $119.99 - $10.00 rebate= $109.99
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AM3 for quad core in future if needed, and has 2 PCIe slots for crossfire in the future

RAM $93.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 and at 1.5v

PSU $109.99 - $10.00 rebate= $99.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Will support future Crossfire and overclocking

GPU $154.99
SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 DX11 and scales great in Xfire

HD $54.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive fast from what I have read

DVD Burner $31.99

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer - Retail Don't want OEM so I get software

Parts: $712.93
Shipping: $24.62
Total (after rebates): $737.55

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January 4, 2010 10:12:45 AM

^ That is a good config...
Some changes - CPU cooler - This would be a better option -
CM Hyper 212+


CASE options - and these can accommodate more than 1 120MM fans...
January 4, 2010 7:05:11 PM

Thanks for the reply, I really like that vigor CPU cooler you showed! Would keep that baby nice and cold,it is massive though...happen to know if it will fit in any of those cases you linked to or even the current CM Centurion 5? Might wait to get this case and measure first, unless any one knows it will fit :) 
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January 4, 2010 7:19:25 PM

Here's the THG build for $722

CPU - Intel Pentium E5300 - $70
CPU Cooler - Xigmatek HDT-SD964 - $22
Motherboard - DFI BI P45-T2RS - $105
RAM - Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Model VS4GBKIT800D2 G - $74
Graphics - 2 XFX HD-487A-YWFC Radeon HD 4870 512MB - $250
Hard Drive - Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0 Gb/s - $55
Sound - Integrated
Network - Integrated
Case - Antec Two Hundred - $45
Power - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W - $75
Optical - Samsung Black 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-S223C - $26
Total = $722
January 4, 2010 7:36:12 PM

Well today the mobo I listed went out of stock, any suggestions in case it's still out when I order? Needs to be AM3 have 2 PCIe slots for crossfire as well. Thanks!
January 5, 2010 2:46:34 AM

@nidava for the mobo, its back in stock and some other options -

@ JackNaylorPE, that is not a bad idea if the user is willing to upgrade the CPU any time soon as that E5300 even after overclocking might be slower because of lower cache...And also for now, he wouldn't need even that much graphics power for his current monitor resolution...