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Budget Gaming PC - Need advice on build

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March 27, 2010 1:17:17 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: 600-700 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, web, work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD burner

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, flexible

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is what i have so far. I'm new to building. I just followed some guides in this forum. Could this build be used for crossfire? I have an extra Radeon HD2600XT from my old computer. Would it be advantageous to do this in favor of the increased power it consumes?

Could i improve on any of these parts while still staying in the budget range (600-700). Are there any unnecessary parts here that i could downgrade and make it cheaper?

I'm unfamiliar with fans and heatsinks. For this build, which would be recommended and if i use fans, how many fans should i get and which models are recommended?

I'm planning to use this build for a couple of years and upgrade if necessary.

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BUILD: (includes shipping)
- SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 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...
$150

- ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80

- AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75

- Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$76

- Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60
(Combo deal subtract $20)

- Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1067 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$105

- Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70

TOTAL: $596


Thanks! Again, i'm new so bear with me if i get something wrong or do not understand something completely.
March 27, 2010 4:46:46 AM

Cheaper, with USB/SATA 3 and free HDMI cable :p 
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March 27, 2010 6:11:55 PM

I just copied your build :) 

Do i need a fan or heatsink for this build?
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March 28, 2010 4:38:26 AM

If not clocking heavily the stock fan that comes together with the boxed processor is adequate ^^
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