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First time build ($800-900) Budget Gaming PC

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March 30, 2010 1:31:56 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: late April BUDGET RANGE: 800-900 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (e.g., Battlefield Bad Company 2) , web browsing, Photoshop, school work

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU (generally cheaper than Intel), Gigabyte or Asus motherboard, and XFX video card (for their warranty)

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I’m hoping to build a computer that will last me 3+ years, and so would this motherboard be a good option? I know there are more expensive ones with USB3.0 and SATA 6GB/s features, but are they really worth the extra 40 or 50 dollars?

Also, from what I’ve read it seems like there are some issues with 5770 video cards. I’m not sure whether I should be worried about this, but does anyone have another recommendation for the video card?
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Here’s what I am currently looking at:
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H AMD785G ATX AM3 2PCI-E DDR3 Video Sound GLAN CrossFireX HDMI Motherboard
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W Retail Box
RAM: G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS 3.5IN NCQ
PSU: OCZ Z-SERIES 550W 80+ Silver Certified 24PIN ATX 12V Afc Power Supply W/ 120MM Fan
Case: Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio
Optical Drive: LG GH22LP20 Black 22X IDE Lightscribe DVDRW OEM
Total: $839.62

Any suggestions or tips on builds will be greatly appreciated =)
Anonymous
March 30, 2010 2:34:44 AM

Twice the capacity of the HDD you suggested and faster:
Samsung F3 1TB - 99.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49262&vpn=HD...

Noticed you had a DVD Drive with an IDE interface. Definitely ditch that for a SATA one:
LG DVD Burner - 29.92
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=40435&vpn=GH...

You don't necessarily have to pay 30-40 dollars more for SATA6Gb/s and USB3.
Gigabyte 770 USB3/SATA6Gb/s - 99.99 (they call it SATA3 but its the same thing)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47584&vpn=GA...
This offers the similar features to the one you listed but lacks the integrated graphics.

Edit:You are definitely overpaying on that RAM:
G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 Cas 7 - 119.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42744&vpn=F3...

Might want to take advantage of NCIX's price match feature with this awesome site:
http://www.pricecanada.com/c.php/Desktop-Components-14/
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March 31, 2010 2:01:39 AM

Awesome, thank you both for your feedback. I definitely will be using the pricematch option when it comes time to purchase the parts. Right now, I'm just trying to get an idea of what I should be paying attention to when I'm looking around computer part shops.

I think in the end I'll try to see if I can find a faster HDD, possibly the one batuchka suggested as 1TB is a bit over what I think I'll actually need. Also, thanks for pointing out the IDE DVD drive, for some reason I overlooked that. :D 
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