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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2/1/10 BUDGET RANGE: ~$600 - $700 (or less) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, all-around home PC

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (19"), wireless card, sound card

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, directron.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: modest and relatively quiet mid-tower case

OVERCLOCKING: doubtful SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024 or 1600 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I am looking for advice on whether the build will be a good one for existing games such as LotRO and EVE as well as new games coming out such as Star Trek Online and Mass Effect 2.

Questions I have: Is everything compatible? Is there anything in the build that is too much or not enough for the intended system usage?

Build ($636.00 after rebates, etc.):

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 2000MHz Socket AM3 Tri-Core 45nm Processor, Model: ADX435WFGIBOX
http://www.directron.com/adx435wfgibox.html

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824

or the 1GB version: POWERCOLOR AX4850 1GBD3-PH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131163&Tpk=hd%204850%201gb


WD Caviar Black 3.5in 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, 32MB Cache, 7200 RPM, Model: WD6401AALS. OEM
http://www.directron.com/wd6401aals.html

Black Sony Optiarc 24X SATA DVD Burner, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 12X DVD+/-R DL, 12X DVD-RAM, Model: AD-7240S-0B. OEM
http://www.directron.com/ad7240s0b.html

Cooler Master RR-910-HTX3-GP Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler, for Intel LGA 1156/775 and AMD 754/939/940/AM2/AM3 CPUs
http://www.directron.com/rr910htx3gp.html

Black CoolMax VL Series 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Computer Power Supply VL-600B, Supports SATA and PCI-E, w/ 140mm Blue LED Fan
http://www.directron.com/vl600b.html

Black Apex Gaming Series Vortex3620 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, 3 x 5.25in Bays, w/ 120mm Fans
http://www.directron.com/vortex3620.html

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
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    ^ That is a good setup...
    Some suggestions... Mainly the PSU...

    1. PSU + HDD- Never skimp on the PSU...get a quality one that will last long...
    The Samsung F3s are the newer HDDs, that are more efficient and slightly better than the WD Blacks...
    OCZ 600 + Samsung F3 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.323089

    2. RAM - Cheaper and is equally good...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    3. A more powerful card like HD 5770...DirectX 11...
    Powercolor HD 5770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131327
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.320610

    4. A OS + Mobo combo to save $10
    ASUS 770 + WIN 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.316004

    5. CPU cooler - Cheaper here at newegg...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064

    If you want better cooling performance
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  2. This is a well-balanced build. The 512MB 4850 will be fine for that res.
    As far as hard drives go, I would suggest this. Or if it goes out of stock (which happens rather frequently), this. That WD is no longer recommended with these newer, faster, single-platter drives out.
    Also the newer version of that RAM, same price.
    And lastly, I would go for a better quality PSU. You don't want that to crap out on you. Try Corsair, OCZ, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, or Antec.
    Good luck with your build.
  3. gkay09 said:
    ^ That is a good setup...
    Some suggestions... Mainly the PSU...

    1. PSU + HDD- Never skimp on the PSU...get a quality one that will last long...
    The Samsung F3s are the newer HDDs, that are more efficient and slightly better than the WD Blacks...
    OCZ 600 + Samsung F3 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.323089

    2. RAM - Cheaper and is equally good...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    3. A more powerful card like HD 5770...DirectX 11...
    Powercolor HD 5770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131327
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.320610

    4. A OS + Mobo combo to save $10
    ASUS 770 + WIN 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.316004

    5. CPU cooler - Cheaper here at newegg...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064

    If you want better cooling performance
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065



    Ah, you're much faster than I am.
    The 5770 is a great card, but it may be excessive for that resolution (and budget). A 5750 would be more appropriate if dmr11wv wants a newer 5xxx GPU.
  4. ^ Yes even the 5750 is fine but it is not much faster than the 4850...and also the OP had given one of the resolutions as 1600 x 1200, for which the HD 5770 would suit better...
    And also the board has just 1 PCIe x16 slot so going with the single faster card that would suit the resolution makes sense...
  5. Thanks for the input. With the savings from the combo deals and replacing my original build with gkay's suggestions the reduced cost leaves me plenty of room for a better graphics card. If I replace the HD 4850 with the 5770 card it would make my total approximately $645.00 (after rebates, combo deals, etc.) which is about where I want to be.
  6. Best answer selected by dmr11wv.
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