My new (first) budget gaming PC is just about ready

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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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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
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