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Gaming (re)build $400-600

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April 5, 2010 10:03:52 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I get a response I like

BUDGET RANGE: $400-600 (I'd prefer cheaper but if it's worth the money I'll go up)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, possibly video editing, plus all the generic stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, possibly case (I've been reusing my ancient Alienware case and just upgrading internals for at least 10 years, I'm not even sure if I can link it but it's a big beast, has front+side fans), monitor (have a fairly new LG flatron w1952tq, which I can't even find a decent link for anymore), speakers, etc. Basically I just need internals

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg, but I'd trust most everyone here's judgement on what sites are good

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I currently run at 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: don't really care about looks, and if I'm reusing my case it's irrelevent, but I would like something fairly quite and efficient. Paradoxical with a gaming machine, I know, but then again with my price range I'm obviously not looking for a beast

I was actually all set to go ahead and buy a build someone linked in a $500 gaming machine post a week or so ago, but I waited too long, and at 12 midnight newegg removed 2 or 3 of the combos integral to that build- when I attempted to build my cart at 12:30, it wouldn't add them anymore :-/

One thing about the case- my current has the PSU up top, most I see these days have them on the bottom. Is there a good reason behind this? My current case is 16.5 long 19.5 tall 7.5 wide.

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April 5, 2010 10:31:15 PM

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz - $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3 Motherboard - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2x2GB) Kit - $109.99 w/rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Powercolour Radeon HD 5770 512MB GDDR5 - $134.99 w/rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $529.95

I'm just supposing you will be reusing your power supply. Otherwise, get the:

Corsair CX400W 400W 80+ PSU - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total w/PSU = $584.94

As for the PSU being mounted on the top - I'd just think that's more common for older computers, but, really, it doesn't matter, apart from airflow.
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April 6, 2010 2:37:07 AM

Well, my current PSU is about 5 years old, not sure which brand/specs at this point although it is either 400 or 450w. Given that you're suggesting a 400w, I'll be happy to keep using mine.

Out of curiosity, is it worth buying the mobo combo listed with that vid card? The Black Edition infoblab on the CPU and RAM mention "supporting 790FX/790GX motherboards" allowing for easy overclocking or somesuch. Is that worth the extra 17 bucks?

Or how about keeping the mobo but upgrading the GPU to 1gb ram? Ends up $12 bucks more- would that be worth it?

Thanks for the response, I'm way out of touch on the tech.
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