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January 18, 2010 8:02:45 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 2 months BUDGET RANGE: dont want to go above $600usd

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, os

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: wherever is cheapest but i guess newegg


OVERCLOCKING: no dont know how

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 1920x1080 dont know which i'll be using yet

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: really looking for a cheap build with the best bang for my buck, i already made a build but i kinda just threw it together, im open to any revisions or a brand new build.

CPU: Athlon x4 620 2.6ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gpu: XFX HD 5770 (juniper XT) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: APEX TX-381 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: coolermaster elite 460 rs-460 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL 4gb 240pi DDR2 SDRAM 800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD: Seagate barracude 7200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Well thats it thanks in advance

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January 18, 2010 9:49:19 PM

You picked a nice AM3 CPU, get an AM3 motherboard and a DDR3-1333 4GB (2*2GB) RAM kit to go with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case only has one fan. For a gaming machine I like to have a bottom PSU mount (keep psu cool so it stays quiet) and top vent fan (keeps computer cool). Check out the Antec Two Hundred case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A quality 80+ certified Power supply. Antec Neo Eco 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your HDD is a pretty good one.


If you are Over budget, you can save by dropping back to the Athlon II x3 435 or 425 and it will not affect your gaming performance much. Three core CPUs play most games almost as fast as quads.
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January 18, 2010 9:56:36 PM

thanks finally got a reply, but how much do you think that would up the price for ddr3+mobo and any recommendations? i usually stick with gigabyte doesnt really matter to me
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January 18, 2010 10:03:50 PM

Lately prices have fluctuated. For a while DDR2 RAM was more expensive than DDR3. It should be around the same price and very worthwhile if you have a problem and need new parts in a year or two. Finding AM2 motherboards and DDR2 RAM is likely to be diffcult in a year or two. Like finding an AGP motherboard or graphics card is now since everything is PCIE.
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January 18, 2010 10:06:34 PM

The motherboard I linked is only $85 ($75 after MIR) and DDR3 RAM looks like $105 instead of the $85 DDR2 you linked. So around $40 more to not be stuck on an expired standard.
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