Asking for critique on budget gaming build

Hi all! First off, thanks for the help and patience you give to people of less knowledge in this particular field. My previous computer took a dump a few months back and i am having withdrawals. I, of course like any other human being, want to keep this rig as price efficient as possible without sacrificing on quality. I will probably be figuring in an OS into the final price of this computer, so keeping it under $700 before the OS would be great.


BUDGET: 600-700$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, gaming, multitasking, general usage, some music/photo storage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: Best bang for buck. Have no discrimination.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe **would be my first attempt at either**

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using 32" Soyo HDTV as my main monitor. their website claims 1366x768. Also using small 16" monitor as dual screen.


I had previously posted a build was quick to realize I had some more work to do. This build is right at 600$ without the OS!

I tend to play MMO's generally with some mixture of FPS/strategy tossed in. Are the cpu and gpu the right choices? Quad-core? Maybe squeeze some more cash into a 5850? Questions I leave to your superior knowledge. :)

my current build...
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  1. thanks for the reply.

    is there a reason i should switch to this cpu? 30$ more for another triple-core processor.

    obviously i would have to add in a heat sink/paste.
  2. Its a black edition unlocked for better over clocking.
  3. 1366 X 768 ain't a demanding resolution for games by any means and your build still has an ODD, Case and with OS to fit into that budget a possible config for consideration? $647 AR free ship
  4. I like this build ^
  5. thanks again for all the replies. been busy at work and couldn't get time to respond...


    my apologies, i did leave out those items. I have a cooler master 690 case, optical drives, and an older 250gb HDD will be used as a back up. I also have an older antec tp3- 550w psu. Although i think its time for a new one.

    my current build...

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    AMD Gift - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon

    ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    $658.94 before OS.

    $758.93 OS included.

  6. Well if 12 days wait isn't a bridge too far and if u eyeing a CFable AM3 the 870 chipset is out and some come with CF ^^ These would have native SATA 6GB/s and SB 850
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