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February 20, 2010 4:21:50 AM

I am quite a newbie at this, it's my first build which I decided to do on Tuesday. Until then I had "basic" computer knowledge, enough to be the go to person for my parents computer questions. Well I have had a complete crash course these past couple of days, and this build has consumed a lot of time, but it has been fun.

I plan on getting back into gaming with this system, as well as home entertainment such as watching online shows and movies, surfing as well as everyday computing.

Here is what I have so far and look at doing the purchase this weekend.

CPU Phenom II X 720 BE (already purchased)


PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion

DVD: Sony Optiarc Black

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

RAM: This is where I am having some issues. I really am not sure what I should get. Right now I am looking at the;
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

But to be honest I am at a complete loss on RAM

Monitor: Something else I am not really sure on, I have been looking at;
Acer X223WDbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD

I appreciate all the help, this site has been a godsend for someone like me looking to do their first build!

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February 20, 2010 7:22:39 AM

ok for ram look at it this way to a certian extent cas latency the lower the number the faster it is so the ones ya got are pretty good but these seem to be alittle better G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - Retail are actually faster and would preform better if i read about cas latency right anyways and i seen that exact monitor in the computer shop i work at i wasnt impressed with it the ones we normally purchase and have a good picture are these Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built-in Speakers - Retail but someone with better knowledge on hardware might be able to help better
February 20, 2010 11:30:09 AM

Out of those two I would go for the 1333Mhz set. Altho there are better sets for about $10 more.
I have determined that it is pointless trying to find a good monitor by researching online. Best to go round looking at actual monitors in shops.
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February 20, 2010 3:05:27 PM

Thanks for the info, I was really stuck on what ram to get. Reading about latency and voltage, 1333 vs 1600 was getting bit overwhelming. I think I am going to go with the G.SKILL 1333Mhz, but would be curious to see some your suggestions.

As for the monitor, I was planning on getting them at the store, I am lucky enough to have a frys and microcenter near by so will be paying them a visit. I do have a question or two about which type.

I plan on watching movies and online TV as well, so I was leaning towards a 1920 x 1080 16:9. 22 or 23 inch. How will this affect my gaming compared to at 16:10 ratio?

Also would there be any issues with 1920 x 1080 resolution compared to a 1680 x 1050 resolution. From my reading some games might not perform to well at the higher resolution with the 5770. So if need be could I scale back the resolution, and if so would the affect the performance and quality?
February 20, 2010 4:49:03 PM

well most games allow ya to choose the resolution and have an option for fullscreen at that resolution that ya picked from my experience i never had a problem with the frame rate like that or seen any difference in game play but as games are different it would be hard for me to tell anyways i use to see the test(if there are any) for a specific hardware item