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~$700 Gaming Build

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March 4, 2010 8:16:17 PM

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=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Callisto
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 AM3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Patriot G Series 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Cooler Master RC-690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: Lite-On CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Aftermarket Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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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March 5, 2010 1:04:53 PM

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...
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March 5, 2010 1:15:46 PM

You do not have an OS listed do you need one or not? Makes a lot of difference...
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March 5, 2010 1:53:44 PM

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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