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January 18, 2010 9:31:04 PM

i have 800 USD and need advice, im going to build my first computer, im a newb but, none the less tech smart. So far my build is this, i havnt ordered yet because i want a online opinion, thanks;

Case: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

internal Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Mother board: ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

graphics: SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

power supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC

memory: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1333ELK

CPU : AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX

If im missing something mport let me know, keep in mind im building for Value but i really want to have the best FPS i can get. so if theres a better graphics card that might help let me know.

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January 18, 2010 11:46:42 PM

What you have seems to be good quality selections--but does this really come to $800? I didn't do the math--but it seems more like a $600 build.

You should be able to put together an i5 or high end phenom ii build for $800 if you shop around for good deals...

Tom's $700 gaming pc was a little more graphics heavy than this--but your CPU heavier build should age better...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/system-Builder-Gami...

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January 19, 2010 12:45:45 AM
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SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM : $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail : $40, $30 after $10 mail in
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail : $115 (can easily swap for cheaper ram if you want, without much performance difference)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive : $55 (single platter drive)
Rosewill Gift - Retail :$40 (free, external docking bay)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail : $140
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail : $170 (c3 stepping version)
Total: $310, after $25 combo saving $285
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail : $300
Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply - Retail : $70
Total: $370, combo saving $70, $300 (so a free PSU)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $825.93, after $10 mail in, $815.93
Total Saving: $160, $10 mail in

Definately good bang for the buck with all things considered. PSU may not be an 80+ certified PSU but it will get the job done and is of decent quality. And you also get a mobo that has USB 3.0 and Sata 3.0 for more upgradeability down the line.

If you want to lower the price down a bit more without sacrificing much in performance take a look at this, should save you an additional $20. Its a lower voltage than most ram in this price range, and you can probably get the timmings lower than advertised and keep the voltage in a very comfortable zone if you want.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail : $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 19, 2010 12:58:55 AM

+100 on the case/motherboard/processor combo.

If you wanted to come in under-budget you could use your original PSU and Graphics ideas along with this build.
January 19, 2010 2:20:29 AM

here is the build im looking at, I would reccomend it

Case: Antec Two Hundred; 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X; 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955; 165.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103674

GPU: HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB; 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB; 93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

PSU: Antec Basiq BP500U 500W; 49.27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200 RPM; 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW; 21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

total: $811.19


the samsung f3 500 gb is a faster and larger HDD, the CPU is faster, and it is a sweet computer :) 
January 19, 2010 2:31:00 AM

Anonymous486 said:
here is the build im looking at, I would reccomend it

Case: Antec Two Hundred; 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X; 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955; 165.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103674

GPU: HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB; 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB; 93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

PSU: Antec Basiq BP500U 500W; 49.27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200 RPM; 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW; 21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

total: $811.19


the samsung f3 500 gb is a faster and larger HDD, the CPU is faster, and it is a sweet computer :) 


I would recomend upping your HD to a single platter 500gb drive like the samsung you mentioned but seagate has one as well, and it costs $10 more and is significantly faster and holds 2x as much. The motherboard and CPU are good choices but if you look at the one I have linked above it is actually the same price and you get the newer AMD 955 BE with C3 stepping and a newer mobo that supports USB 3.0 and Sata 3.0. Oh and your links don't work.
January 19, 2010 12:47:13 PM

I want to unrecommended the Antec Basiq that was suggested above. This is not one of the good Antec power supplies. It doesn't list efficiency numbers and it has one of those loud little rear fans. If you want to go antec go with one of the newer antec's like
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or go with a Corsair or the OCZ you posted.
January 19, 2010 1:42:14 PM

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