First Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime this month

BUDGET RANGE: 500-700$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming & Watching Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Hard Drive, Case.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Ill list the combo id like the basis of this build to be.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI/Crossfire: In the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Having everything quiet would be extremely nice.

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This is the combo id like to start with:

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315717

My case is: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

My HDD is a shitty WD 7500rpm 500gb Sata drive.

Ive done quite a bit of research but ive never reached anything conclusive, always bouncing between liking different video cards (GTS 260, 9800gt, 4790HD etc.) from review to review. Also from reading ive come to understand the importance of a good power supply and ive heard good things about corsair, but the price frightens me. And ram as long as its stable is fine, havent done much research into different brands. G-Skill is most likely to fit my budget and needs the best i imagine though.


So really im wondering about ram, suitable video card and a decent power supply for around 230$ which im guessing is severely pushing it. Any ideas?
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  1. for your budget i don't think that the 955 is a good idea. I have been working on a build for myself and i think i got a good one for you. an operating system will set you back about another 100 for an oem edition.

    optical drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827118032

    hdd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181 (you said yours is shitty and this is the best for the money)

    GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131327

    Ram x2 (if you need to save $45 just buy one) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220453

    case and cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.310361

    power supply and motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.319753

    An important tip to save money is to abuse the newegg combos
  2. BTW if you like your combos better you can always just switch them with mine. i just think a 955 would be an overkill with your budget. This saves you money for os.
  3. I was thinking the Phenom II X2 550 then, i have a Windows 7 Disc ready to go so an OS isint a problem. I like all of your suggestions barring the Motherboard/PSU combo(although the combo discount PLUS the MIR are amazing) It only has one PCIE slot, and id like to grab a second card in the future. I have an optical drive also, sorry i forgot to mention that.
  4. how about this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315744

    this processor is better but the mobo isn't amazing though it does have two pci slots
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315733

    the 550 doesn't come with a mobo combo so i didn't list it. you might want to compromise with 3 cores

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103652 couldn't find a mobo combo. I don't know your faves so you should look. go on newegg and use the filters. Then you can search by brand etc. once on what i want i usually look to see if ther are any combos. My slogan is "ABUSE THE COMBOS"
  5. Whats so great about the f3 spinpoint? ive heard tons of hype.
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