Need Help with my first build, phenom II X 3 720 budget gaming/home PC

Hello All,

I am looking to Spend between $600 and $700, not including monitor.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hope to have the whole thing purchased within the week. bye the weekend

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, entertainment (movies, music, possible HTC in the future) surfing, home/work use. I really need a decent all around computer that can handle gaming. Did gaming years ago and would like to get back into it.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS. CPU, I just picked up my Phenom II x 3 720 Black box addition at Micro Center for 99.99

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, primarily as well as micro center.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Already have the processor, leaning towards a gigabyte MOB, and radeon video card.

OVERCLOCKING: Hopefully once I get my feet wet an get more comfortable with computers. So would like to have the potential to, maybe even trying to unlock that fourth core.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Haven't gotten that far yet.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A little background. I used to be fairly knowledgeable of computers but have found myself quite behind on what has been happening. My last computer purchase was over 5 years ago, an HP laptop after my previous (friend) built system got fried. I am typing from said HP. Needless to say my AMD Athlon 64 3200 with 512MB is way over due to be put out of her misery. I have no idea how it has lasted this long.

With that being said I need some help and have been spending the better part of the past three days glued to this site (and others) trying to catch up and figuring out what I need/want and think I have done a pretty good job.

I am building the system around the Phenom II x 3 720 Black Box addition which was purchased this evening.

Here is what I have been looking at so far:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail [...] 6813128392

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive [...] 6822136319

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
(limit 99 per customer) what's this? [...] 6814102824

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail [...] 6817371031

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail [...] 6811129066

Other Possible cases:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail [...] -_-Product

memory: This is where I have hit a wall. There are a lot of options, I am looking at 4Gbs of ram for around $100, thinking DDR3 since there doesn't seem to be that much of a price difference with DDR2

DVD: Also not really sure, looking to spend between $20 and $30.

Monitor: I am looking for something between 21.5" 23". From what I have read Acer does a pretty good monitor. It also looks like I can expect to spend between $150 and $200 on the monitor, which is what I have put aside for my monitor budget which is not included in my original build budget.

I would greatly appreciate any input, recommendations and advise on what I need to do, especially since this is my very first build I am doing myself, and am quite the "newbie".

Thanks for your help.
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  1. MOBO With this mobo you can xfire ( Dual 8x/8x ) and it has ACC to unlock the 4th core.

    Better then what you had, is 500 gigs though.




    Go with the illusion.


    Corsair 1600 mhz with nice tight timings.


    Cheap, and its black to match the antec case.

    For a monitor you cant go wrong with just about anything as long as you get a good brand like samsung/acer. Just make sure its 2MS, instead of 5 as its better for gaming.

    My build for you comes out to 575, and add a hyper 212+ to that for 600ish, - some rebates so probably under 600.

    You need a HSF if you want to OC, cant really do it with the stock cooler.

    EDIT: forgot to add the made it come out Must be the perfect computer. That is before rebates, W/o Shipping.
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