~$700 Gaming Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~1 week from now
BUDGET RANGE: 650-750, ~700
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, internet browsing, casual video editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers/headphones
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: most likely yes, but not hardcore. also I plan on unlocking the CPU if i am able to, so keep that in mind.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050


GPU: Sapphire 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Callisto
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846

MOBO: BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 AM3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138163

RAM: Patriot G Series 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220435

CASE: Cooler Master RC-690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

DVD Drive: Lite-On CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Aftermarket Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Note: Some of the choices were based on combos. The total cost of these items(with combo discounts on cpu/mobo and PSU/HDD) comes out to $671, or $611 after rebates.

Combo Links:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.352805
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.347453

So... any compatibility or reliability issues? Any ways to shave some $'s off the price? The areas I am most unsure about are the mobo, ram, and psu. Thanks in advance.
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  1. Hey this looks like a great build... exactly what i'm looking for actually and i think i'll copy you! then again this is my first build and i don't know anything. Will be following the post to see if anyone has any input...
  2. You do not have an OS listed do you need one or not? Makes a lot of difference...
  3. Here is another option..


    Optical $20

    Seagate 7200.12 500 GB

    HD5770 $150

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) CL7 1600 $115

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $35

    Earth Watts 650 and Antec 300 Illusion $125

    AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz and GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 $170

    Total with out OS is $679 before MIR If you need Win 7 its an extra 105 if you are not a student or 65 if you are a student.
  4. OSU's build is decent and worth considering.

    Here are some suggestions that I would make to improve/adjust your current build if you don't want to do what OSU said.
    You might be interested in this combo: BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 & Phenom II X2 720 $160 with $10 rebate.
    Seeing as you are planning on trying to unlock the extra core, luck is a significant factor in this process, and I would think that the more cores you try to unlock, the less likely you are to succeed in getting a stable quad core.
    The fact that this one is OEM doesn't matter as you are buying an aftermarket heatsink anyway. Unless warranty differences matter to you.

    I'm not really sure what other changes you would want/need to /can make, especially considering the build that OSU came up with.
    Personally I would have this RAM as it is slightly faster and has lower voltage, but it doesn't have a rebate. G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ (9-9-9-24) 1.5V £105

    Your build is fine how it is; no compatibility or reliability issues that I can see.
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