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March 5, 2010 5:00:31 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: the sooner the better
BUDGET RANGE: 600-700 before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, remote access, Microsoft Excel/Powerpoint, internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just want to play Empire Total War, and I want it to run flawlessly (graphics level is less important)—basically I want to build a computer that can do this as cheaply as possible. I’m also planning to access this remotely from a netbook to crunch large spreadsheets. I selected the components for this build based on a few other posts, but I don’t really want to overclock it--does anyone have recommendations for a CPU and MOBO for a non-overclocked build? Also, are the below after market cooler and thermal compound still appropriate? Thanks!

GPU
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After Market Cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Compound
Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cost with 2 combo deals is $680.04

Here are the combo deals:

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

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

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March 5, 2010 5:11:08 PM

Better CPU, faster RAM and higher quality PSU:

CPU/Mobo: X4 635 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $193 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Neo Eco 520W $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25
HSF (only if overclocking): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

Total: $693
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March 5, 2010 6:53:34 PM

Very cool, thanks! So if I'm not going to overclock, the HSF that comes standard with the CPU is OK?
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March 5, 2010 6:55:20 PM

Yes. It's even ok if you just do a mild overclock.
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March 8, 2010 1:33:02 PM

Reviews don't mean anything. There is literally no difference between brands for the GPUs. Just get the cheaper one, which at the time I posted, the HIS was likely to be cheaper.
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March 8, 2010 1:35:51 PM

Best answer selected by bombardier.
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