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First Time $700 Gaming Build

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=N82E16814102858&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

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=N82E16819103843&Tpk=AMD%20Athlon%20II%20X3%20440%20Rana%203.0GHz%203%20x%20512KB%20L2%20Cach

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=N82E16813128419

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=N82E16820231193&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

CASE
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

PSU
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

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=N82E16827151192&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

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=N82E16835103065&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

Thermal Compound
Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100009&cm_re=compound-_-35-100-009-_-Product

Cost with 2 combo deals is $680.04

Here are the combo deals:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.353282&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.347453&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=
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  1. Best answer
    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
  2. Or for a little bit more this board allows Xfire.

    Same CPU and GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 229 after rebate this one offers U3S6 if you dont want U3S6 you can get Xfire ability for about the same price as Mad's combo.


    W/O U3S6
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO and Same CPU in Mad's build 199 after Mir
  3. Very cool, thanks! So if I'm not going to overclock, the HSF that comes standard with the CPU is OK?
  4. Yes. It's even ok if you just do a mild overclock.
  5. 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.
  6. Best answer selected by bombardier.
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