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First Time Build $800-900. Compatibility, suggestions?

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January 17, 2010 10:02:48 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 30 days

BUDGET RANGE: $800 - 900 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the net, mild gaming, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,, open to suggestions




SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe sometime in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 (will be upgrading as soon as humanly possible)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am completely new at this and to be honest I am not very knowledgable when it comes to computer hardware. Luckily I have a friend that builds his own computers who is willing to help me put it together and teach me a few things. I am into gaming but don't have a lot of time for it right now. I was hoping to put something together that can be upgraded for more serious gaming once my children are a little older. Right now I just need something that will play things like Morrowind and Oblivion.

Here's what I have selected so far:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $175

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM $26

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $75

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1333GB2G8-AG - Retail $94

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 AMD 785G Chipset + ATI SB710 ATI Radeon HD 4200 Graphics (HDMI/DVI) Dual Channel DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066Mhz 1x PCI-Express x16 2.0 5x SATA 1X eSATA 3Gb/s 8-Ch HD Audio GigaLAN IEEE1394 12x USB2.0 Support (140W CPU) ATX $108

COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $55

BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail $60

Not sure about graphics card. I can't really afford nor do I need an amazing graphics card right now. Any suggestions would be appeciated

Total so far: $593 + $217 OS = $810

Any compatibility issues here, or suggestions? If I did a really bad job you can even suggest I give it up and just go buy a pc. Thanks.

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January 17, 2010 11:10:19 PM

get a Athlon II X4 620 which is $75 cheaper, and get a better video card,xD

For the video card at this price I would suggest a 5770( if you want directx 11) otherwise the 4890 which the performance is a lot better but it is directx 10, the 4890 would be $45 over your budget and the 5770 $15, but really it's worth it, if you get a 4890 or a 5770 with a Athlon II X4 620 you will have a great gaming system, which off course will be be able to surf the internet and watch movies.
January 17, 2010 11:17:29 PM

If you don't plan on do a lot of gaming you can get a cheaper video card like a 4850, or a 5750
but still get the Athlon II x4 620 and save some money.

I would really recommend if you're planning on doing a lot of gaming the 4890, but if want to stay on your budget the 5770

If you won't play a lot of games on very high settings, with AA X8 the 4850, or if you really want to have directx 11 the 5750
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January 18, 2010 12:29:14 AM

And here the CPU was the one thing I thought I was sure of.

Okay I will go with the Athlon II x4 620 and the 5770. I'm sure that $15 over budget won't kill me.

Thanks so much for your help. So other than that everything looks good and compatible?
January 18, 2010 2:34:38 PM

I would change more two things, the ram, just because I don't really know if A-DATA make quality stuff, and because there not many reviews, this is basically the same price, but I'm sure g.skill make quality memory. The other thing I would change is the PSU, for one more powerful, modular, and just 3 more bucks, (after rebates)OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W

Oh almost forgot and if you want to lower the price of the HD there is a "shell shocker" deal on today until 1pm!!750gb for $59 it's not faster than the WD caviar black 640gb but it's cheaper(just helping you stay on your budget, but if there is no problem the $21 over the budget don't change the HD, WD caviar black is better)

Now you're ready to go:)  have fun!