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February 5, 2010 2:41:23 AM

Hi, I am planning my first homebuilt computer and was wondering if all these parts are compatible. The parts are:


GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
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 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



The system will be used for music, homework, and lots of gaming. I would like to play games like WoW, Crysis, and Unreal Tournament. Would this get the job done?

Also, would using HDMI for a monitor make a big difference for picture quality? Thanks.

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February 5, 2010 4:40:36 AM

Looks good. (wow I can't believe the RAM costs more than either the motherboard or the processor, I got so used to $150 motherboards and $20 RAM.)

Gaming performance will be good, it should run Crysis well on medium to medium/high settings.

DVI and HDMI are exactly the same thing, except that HDMI also carries the audio inside the cable. There's no difference in the picture.
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February 5, 2010 6:38:51 AM

The 5750 is a very light card for your resolution. You will be able to play games at lower details, but you certainly won't be cranking up the eye candy in Crysis. You would want at least a 5850 to get a good gaming experience at your resolution. Here's a combo deal that would be great if you can stretch the budget a bit:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit + Sapphire 5850 combo

You can get a faster HD for less money.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $49.99
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February 5, 2010 6:58:03 AM

Whats your budget?
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February 5, 2010 9:11:23 AM

Parts look good. Good luck!
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February 5, 2010 10:30:41 AM

I really want to keep it $900 or below. Should I just get a lower res monitor?
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February 5, 2010 12:54:52 PM

Do you not need a PSU? I'm not seeing one in your part list...

If you need one, here's an OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W for $50 after rebate. It's also in a combo with the Samsung F3 500 GB for $80 after rebate (saves $20).

While I may not step the GPU all the way up to the 5850 (which would be good), I would certainly get at least the HD 5770. It's about $15 more for a 15% performance increase.
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February 5, 2010 7:01:12 PM

Depends on the GPU, and if you want to Crossfire later.

Antec is pretty good, but most people tend to recommend the Earthwatts models. Also, note that the bigger OCZ I listed is cheaper after rebate. Or this 700W one is the same price. Both of these are good quality units.
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February 5, 2010 7:55:55 PM

I totally forgot about that excellent combo...

Yes, you would be able to Crossfire. No, you wouldn't need any extra cooling.
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February 5, 2010 9:06:20 PM

Thanks for your help.
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