Please take a look and leave comments. I will probably buy them later today. This computer will be used mainly for gaming, Microsoft office, internet, etc. I play mainly strategy games like Total War, Civ4, Age of Empires, etc.
- Phenom II X3 720 OEM- $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This chip goes for $10 more than the Athlon X4 620. I figure I will have a easier time OCing this thing than the 620.
- Gigabyte GA-MA770T - $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hopefully this can unlock the 4th core on the X3 720, but even if that doesn’t happen, it should hold up okay when I overclock it.
- Antec Two Hundred - $30 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The Antec Two Hundred is a seriously ugly case, I really prefer the look of the Three Hundred, but at roughly half the cost, I can easily forgive the look.
This case comes with a 120mm and a 140mm case fan. One is install on top of the case, the other in the back just behind CPU. Are these fans adequate? Do I need intake fans up front?
- WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATA - $56 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I decided that the Caviar Blue drives are the best balance between speed and performance. Ideally the Black drives would give the best performance, but I am afraid it may be too noisy (and kind of expensive too).
Looks good to me, if you can afford it the 5770 (512MB will work as well) is worth the extra money (unless your budget is serious strict).
Yeah you won't be using the full 1GB (it might still give you an extra couple FPS) like you said but the DX11 should still come to use (performance optimizations and some visuals).
With that PSU I'd also look into a future crossfire plan, you'd have to upgrade your mobo however, but I guess that would put you over budget
Maybe you could drop the OCZ for an Antec NEO ECO 400w (or a 500 for $15 or so more) for $40 free s/h (great deal) then upgrade your GPU. That's what I'd do but I guess the OCZ would give you better capacitor aging room.
Up to you, the 5770 only draws 108w under load and under 10A on the 12V.