SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, multimedia, general use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: The highest quality gear available within this price range. Wants to keep the HD 5770 in the build, but I can try to convince him otherwise if there is a compelling reason to put the money into other parts.
OVERCLOCKING: If we can fit the budget. CROSSFIRE: Probably not.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This build is for a buddy of mine. His original list of parts had some pretty questionable stuff, I'd like to help him improve it. My knowledge is sorely lacking when it comes to AMD-based systems, but I know enough to know that there are better alternatives to some of this hardware. I'd like to help him get the best performance possible with his build, given his limited budget.
MoBo: ECS BLACK SERIES A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - $64.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ940XCJ4DGI - $140
Optical: LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22LS50 LightScribe - $24.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB - $54.99
PSU: Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 - $59.99 (I'm concerned about this one in particular)
GPU: Radeon HD 5770 1GB - $164.99 (He was looking at the HD 5670 before)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99
RAM: WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $75.99 (There's got to be a better kit than this)
Total: $655.93. Need to find better parts at lower prices. Eep.
Right now, the build doesn't include a HSF, as I don't think he has considered overclocking. If it's possible to fit a Hyper 212+ and anything else necessary into the budget, might as well try. If not, no big deal - bottom line, I'd like to find him the highest possible performance for his budget.
The 5770 can play modern games at high settings at a 1900 resolution so it will be over kill for your friend's current monitor. The Athlon II 620 can be just as strong as a Phenom II 955 once over clocked to over 3GHz.