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New To Building Computers-Need help building my first gaming PC

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April 21, 2010 3:56:41 AM

Ok so I have been doing a little research on various parts for building my first computer and have come across this first build which i would greatly appreciate advice on. This will cost around $800 without the OS and a monitor and i dont want to spend much more.

**Processor and Motherboard are in a bundle**

CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Quad-Core
Motherboard- BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 790GX

**Video Card and RAM are in a bundle**

Video Card- XFX Radeon HD 5850
RAM- G. Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600

**PSU and Case are in a bundle**

PSU- Antec BP550 550W
Case- Antec Three Hundred

Hard Drive- Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB

CD Drive- Sony Optiarc Black

And if this is a good setup and is compatible I need some help on a monitor cause i want one that will take full advantage of this setup. Also i was concerned about everything fitting in the case but i think that is fine. and one last thing i was wondering if i could downgrade the video card to the 5770 instead of the 5850 and i would save around $150 which would be much more affordable. Thanks!
April 21, 2010 4:32:22 AM

Looks good and I would recommend the HD 5770 if your looking for casual gaming. You will need at least a 400 watt supply for the video card. CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply can be found at newegg.com for around $40 after MIR. Good luck with your build and have fun with it.
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April 21, 2010 8:54:27 PM

janxta said:
Looks good and I would recommend the HD 5770 if your looking for casual gaming. You will need at least a 400 watt supply for the video card. CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply can be found at newegg.com for around $40 after MIR. Good luck with your build and have fun with it.

Wait so are you saying i dont have enough power because i have a 500w PSU? Im a little confused... And also on the 5770 would it be able to handle newer games at like mid quality ? or do you still suggest sticking with the 5850? thanks
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April 21, 2010 8:55:28 PM

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Don't get a Biostar mobo, for the love of god and allah.

So is there another mobo that is roughly the same price that is compatible with my cpu and video card that you suggest?
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March 1, 2011 12:19:32 AM

there is nothing wrong getting a biotar motherboard. i sugest get the 5850. when u get the lareat games just crossfire the 5850 qhen u yhink the performance ia down
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March 1, 2011 1:31:58 AM

955 + 6870 335$ (315$ AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Asrock Extreme3 870 (90$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Earthwatt 650w 80+ Bronze (65$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot G Series DDR3 1333 4GB (2x2GB) 44$ (34$ AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 Illusion + Win7 Home 64-bit 150$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung F3 1TB 60$
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

Lite-ON CD/DVD Drive/Burner 18$ + Free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 728$ AR

Sorry I didn't leave you much room for your monitor. But this will greatly improve your graphical power and ability to upgrade. Plus the PSU is a much more solid PSU and your case is a bit nicer (more fans)
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March 3, 2011 2:33:33 PM

the 5770 is surely enough for mid settings. I can run very high and ultra settings on some newer games etc with mine. Then you can put the extra money into 8GB ram, or a 64bit Windows 7. There are many variables though, and everyone will have a different opinion.
Monitor: i go with either Acer (i own Acer monitor) or Samsung (i own an LCD TV).
SAMSUNG
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Acer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Acer has 3 year warranty also
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