I want to build a relatively cheap gaming pc, so im considering radeon 4870 that i found for around 100 bucks and a AMD Phenom II x3 720 black edition for around 110. Im unsure about the other parts though, such as the mother board and memory. Im wondering wheter or not the gpu and cpu ive decided on are good choices, and what the remaining parts should be. Any help would be appreciated Since im a newcomer to this, i probably wont overclock anything myself.
ok, thanks but the amd processor is a good choice? i shouldnt go with an intel processor? ive been getting that advice from some people, although im not sure how knowledgeable they really are..
Really, its all personal preference concerning CPU's. All benchmarks have pretty much the CPU's in the same price range performing very similarly. Most of the time the difference is so negligible outside of benchmark testing you wont ever see the difference. But general price for Performance wise AMD is the best choice, usually being quite cheaper then intel for similar performance. Especially if your willing to overclock at all.
In the $500 range, AMD is pretty much your only choice.
The case+PSU combo that gkay09 linked is the rare exception that proves the rule that PSUs that come with a case are crap. The 500W Antec Earthwatts in that case is excellent. The case itself is one of the most solid cases I've used in the last decade, and harkens back to the day when even cheap cases were heavy.
The only concern with that case is that it sacrifices cooling for quiet. If the HD4870 you're getting exhausts its heat, you should be fine. Otherwise, you may wish to consider a better-cooling alternative.