Budget $700 Gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon (~ 1 week)

BUDGET RANGE: $700 give or take (if it's a good upgrade for a bit more I don't mind)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don't need OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. That makes it easy.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Doesn't matter. You guys have more experience than me.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes. . .although I'll be new at it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, Crossfire. But not with the initial build. I'll do a GPU upgrade in a year or two.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like the ability to do some overclocking, although I'll be new at it and so I'll be cautious. I also would like a decent upgrade path because I plan on eventually running a Crossfire setup some time in the future. Quiet is nice as well, since this will be hooked up in my living room. Size isn't a huge issue, however less noise would be nice.

MY POTENTIAL BUILD:

CASE - NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower ($79.99 w/ $10 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146060

PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W (64.99 + $25 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

MOBO - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ($119.99 w/ $10 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

DVD - LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW ($24.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz ($140.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103656

GPU - HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB ($162.99 + $10 off w/ Promo + $10 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317


The reason I chose that GPU and CPU is because if you purchase the two together you get an additional $25 off the combo deal.

Total (after shipping): $768.60

Total after all discounts and MIR: 704.60
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  1. ^ IMO you have done a good job selecting the components...
    But some changes...
    1. CPU cooler - It would be good if you buy an aftermarket CPU cooler...Will alllow for a more stable overclock and the CPU will be cooler...
    CM Hyper 212+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    2. HDD - That 750GB HDD is a old one...Instead get the Samsung F3 500...it will be faster and more efficient...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    3. PSU - If you want to have the option of Crossfire, then get a bigger PSU -
    OCZ 600W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017
  2. Thanks for your input! I've made all the changes you suggested.
  3. Nice post - this is exactly what I was looking for; a build where I can upgrade with an additional GPU.

    Question: In the future, if I chose to upgrade with another 5770 crossfire, will the processor be strong enough to take full advantage?
  4. ^ Yes the Phenoms are good enough for these cards...Only for more powerful cards like the HD 5850 and above, a faster CPU like the i5/ i7 would better suit and that too when you are running 2 or more in Crossfire...
  5. Thanks for the info gkay - now to wait for my tax returns.... lol
  6. Quick question about the MB for crossfire purposes:

    The specification says:

    PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 (one x16 or dual x8 link)

    Does this mean that if I crossfire two HD 5770s they would only work at x8?

    (I honestly dont even know what the x8 or x16 business is, but going from x16 to x8 seems not-so-good.)
  7. Don't worry about that using 8x with the 5770s. From what I know only the 5970 can use up the 16x
  8. crossfiring a 5770 later would be a good idea
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