Building a budget system by next week

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: 600-800 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, power supply- 650watt


PARTS - I know i'm going to use a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz for sure and I like the Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower but I'm open to suggestions

past that I need help
1. Motherboard I have no clue I would like to keep under $95
2. Windows 7 for sure but do I need Pro or just Home and then 32 bit Or 64 bit- Which 64-bit makes me worry
3. Memory- I think more than 4gig would be a waste
4. Video card a 5770 but what brand and is there any differents
5. Hard drive- I have 2-160gb WD now and they are just two years old but I was going to do one new one and keep one pf the others to back up Like now. I dont have more than 70gb stored total.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 22 lcd not sure

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to get this done and ordered by friday and I have built four units over the years it's just been since 2007 and I lot has changed. I will keep the main system for two years most likely because that has been my past.
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  1. Good Under $100 AM3 motherboards <limited to one graphics card, not crossfire capable>
    Gigabyte 770TA-UD3 ($95); Gigabyte 770T-USB3 ($80)

    With 4GB of RAM you want windows 7 64. Home edition is fine if you dont need any of the pro features.

    XFX has a lifetime warranty (in the US) on their graphics cards. Most other companies have 2 or 3 year warranties. Not much difference in 5770s other than the cooler, minor clock speed tweaks and the warranty.

    Destroyer is OK. Its a Rosewill case designed to look like an antec 900.
  2. For HDD go with:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500gb 7200RPM 16MB Cache - $54.99

    G Skill 4GB 2x2GB RAM - $118.99

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM - $99.99

    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 - $89.99 (79.99 after $10 rebate) $7.87 shipping

    Phenom x4 955 Black edition - $159.99

    Total: ~$524.95 ($514.95 after rebate)

    I would then strongly recommend spending a bit over your budget for an XFX 5850 ($309.99) to bring total to $835. As this card will run games very well on your monitor (I am assuming 1920 x 1080 resolution) and will last a few years whereas the 5770 will already be at its limit at that resolution. It will run well but you will see why it is a budget card before long
  3. Crap, I forgot to factor in the case, so that and the 5850 probably would stretch your budget a bit far, so you may have to go with the 5770 and further down the line upgrade to a new card and sell the 5770 to someone.

    Don't get me wrong, the 5770 is a good card at a good price, and depending on your games it may well last a few years (games will certainly be playable on it for a long while just not necesarily on high settings)
  4. A 22" LCD, particularly if it is a year or two old, is most likely 1680x1050. A HD5770 will be excellent for that resolution; a HD5750 would likely also be sufficient if you need to tighten your budget, but with a focus on games it might be better to drop the CPU back to an Athlon II X3 440 and keep the better GPU.
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