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$600-900 Gaming System, First Time

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May 17, 2010 5:43:45 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: 600-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, watching videos, general entertainment, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am not concerned about the HDD and DVD drives, as I plan to upgrade/add on in the near future. This is my first build, I just want to know if everything works out alright, or if it could be improved. I really do not want to spend any more money.

CASE: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VH202T-P Glossy black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ aspect control
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $886.91
May 17, 2010 6:24:32 AM

Raidmax makes pretty low end cases that look good. There functionality for cooling is generally quite poor and their cable management is non-existant.

Usually case is the buyers preference and the Green Smilodon is good looking, but I think you will quickly outgrow it.

Also, your hard drive isn't all that great, look at getting a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB for 55 bucks. Great drive, good reliability and it's faster than the WD Blue

With the money you save on the hard drive, I'd upgrade your monitor to Acer 21.5" 1920x1080 LCD Monitor
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