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Will this build work and is it a good budget gaming system?

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May 11, 2010 5:13:02 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE:$700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: See below

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, if the risk is low and it's an easy process with significant benefits

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

I’m planning on ordering my parts Tuesday for what will be my first build and just wanted to make sure everything will work together and if this is a good power/value proposition. I don’t plan to overclock right away, but I will probably experiment down the line. I do plan on dropping in another Radeon 5770 after a while and I’ve been told this PSU will be fine for that.

My biggest question is about this old case I salvaged from a gaming PC I had built for me about 5 years ago and I wanted to make sure it was an ATX size. Also, will those two fans be enough for this kind of machine or should I try to mod in another (maybe where the floppy drives are)?

Here's some pictures of my case. It measures 16 x 18 x 7.75 inches. Will the GPU (later two) fit in it all right?













And here are the parts I’m purchasing:


ASRock 880G EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $19.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC $49.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready

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AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor Model

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

TOTAL = $680

If this sounds good to you guys, I’ll be ordering later tonight (Tuesday) and build it over the weekend if it all arrives on times. I’m still open to suggestions and I REALLY appreciate all the recommendations, tips, and suggestions from your community.
May 11, 2010 5:20:16 AM

You'd get more adequate help filling out the template linked in my sig.
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May 11, 2010 5:25:57 AM

good build, except the PSU.

the PSU is the single msot important part of the build, and the alst area you should try and save cash. roseqill make horrible low quality PSUs. get a corsair vx550 or a similar model from seasonic, antec or PC P&C.
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May 11, 2010 5:50:30 AM

I'm not quite sure about the necessary wattage or voltage necessary for a Crossfire, but this Corsair PSU is 650W and has a 20$ rebate at the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After that, the only thing I'm left wondering about is this old case. Its size/cooling capabilities aren't anything to worry about, are they?
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May 11, 2010 7:06:31 AM

Rax Dakkar said:
I'm not quite sure about the necessary wattage or voltage necessary for a Crossfire, but this Corsair PSU is 650W and has a 20$ rebate at the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After that, the only thing I'm left wondering about is this old case. Its size/cooling capabilities aren't anything to worry about, are they?


That PSU will work just fine, even when you do crossfire another 5770.
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May 11, 2010 7:12:23 AM

^ Get the Corsair 650TX...though a 600W PSU can do the job, but that Corsair 650, would be better and also might last you even for your next build...

As for the cards fitting, the HD 5770s are not very long like the HD 58xx series cards...It is about 8-8.5" long...So just measure the distance from the back panel to the HDD cage...Seeing the image and the case dimensions, I dont think you would have any issues...
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May 11, 2010 3:47:08 PM

It is 12 inches of space between the back panel and HDD cage, so I'm fine their. Just wondering, the On/Off switch on the case that needs to plug into the motherboard: That's a universal connection right? It hasn't been changed recently, has it?
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May 11, 2010 7:43:31 PM

I'm getting ready to order after doing some price comparisons just to make sure Newegg has the best prices (they do). Any last minute suggestions/recommendations?
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May 12, 2010 4:34:50 AM

^ If your case is an ATX, then you will not have any issues with the power button...
After the change from non-ATX to ATX, it has not been changed...
You build is good to go...Good Luck...
Maybe this combo ??
Mobo + Mushkin DDR3 1333MHz CAS 8(So its timings are as good as that GSKillz, but quality IMO better)So after rebates you get this RAM for same price as that GSKillz...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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