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$500-700 build, some gaming

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February 12, 2010 1:04:43 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next couple of weeks
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Light/medium gaming, programming, web browsing, video streaming, dvds, etc
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I usually browse newegg because of its ease of use and availability, but I'm open to almost anything
PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preferences
OVERCLOCKING/CROSSFIRE: no preference
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not new to the hardware world, as I have tinkered for years, but I've never built completely from scratch. I'm looking to replace my laptop as my primary PC. The wear and tear on my laptop from the consistent use across 2 monitors is becoming apparent :??: 



CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU/mobo Combo - $176.98

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - $108.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 -$174.99

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI - $74.99 ($25 MIR)

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - My first choice, but currently unavailable.
Western Digital RE3 WD5002ABYS-01B1B0 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $79.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $54.99


Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $61.99 ($12 MIR)


TOTAL COST: $677.93 before MIR
TOTAL COST: $652.93 before MIR


Any and all input is welcome, so long as it's justified :) 

thanks for looking

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February 12, 2010 1:09:35 PM

HDD: Instead of the WD, a Seagate 7200.12 500 GB would be better.

PSU: Might want to get an 80+ Certified PSU (or higher). But that's a decent unit.

Other than that, it looks pretty god.
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February 12, 2010 1:18:01 PM

edited with MadAdmiral's suggestion. I was looking for a seagate with the same specs as that WD, but I couldn't find it. Guess I overlooked it somehow :) 
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February 12, 2010 1:33:02 PM

Spin Points on Amazon

If you really want a spin point they are still out there just not on the egg.
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February 12, 2010 1:40:12 PM

I'd rather buy everything from one site, and from the looks of it the seagate is basically equal to the spinpoint in terms of specs and reviews
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February 16, 2010 6:04:17 PM

Best answer selected by rourke.
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