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Building my first computer - advice?

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July 24, 2010 1:12:19 PM

Hey guys,

Im making my first custom computer, I have a budget of around $720. I would like to use it for games like Call of Duty MW2, Crysis....

Here is what I have decided on so far

(Note: I am using Australian dollars not US)

CPU: AMD X4 955 Black Edition 3.20ghz: $190AU
GPU: Gigabyte 1g 9800gt: $115AU
Ram: 4gb - maximum spend $140AU - please suggest idea's?
HDD: 1tb Seagate: $80AU
Motherboard: Suggest something around $115AU
Case + Powersupply: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition + 450W PSU: $73AU

Will the powersupply be sufficient?

Can you suggest a different build, maybe cheaper?

I am open to new idea's.

July 24, 2010 1:23:26 PM

I would switch the Phenom out for an Athlon II x4 635 and use the saved money on a better GPU shoot for an HD 5770 or maybe even the GTX 460. The 9800GT is a decent card but is a but dated and would not suggest spending that money on it you would even be better off with an HD4850. And yes that PSU should be OK. Can you give me a link to the store you will be ordering from.
July 24, 2010 1:27:00 PM

What 450W power supply is it? There is a raidmax that might explode, but a decent 450W unit would be fine.
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July 24, 2010 4:04:24 PM

DavidX710 said:
Hey thanks for the reply's. I am buying these component's from my local msy. I am unsure what the Thermaltake's V3's included psu is.

It doesnt seem like the V3 comes with a PSU, but if its the Litepower 450W, go ahead, decent PSU.

Athlon X4 630 $113
HIS 1GB 5770 $181
KIngston DDR3 1333 $119
(Check the Model, take the FAEX/7200.12/F3) 1TB $80
Thermaltake V3 $73
Thermaltake LitePower 500W $57
Asus M4A87TD-USB3 $114

July 25, 2010 1:20:35 PM

i always keep in mind 3 things.
VGA - eighter ATi or Nvidia
CPU - Intel
July 25, 2010 4:17:55 PM

thecockta1l said:
i always keep in mind 3 things.
VGA - eighter ATi or Nvidia
CPU - Intel

Oh really?
First, youre really gonna choose Matrox for a GPU?
Then for the RAM, it really depends, DDR2 works just as well in some cases,
Lastly, give me a $100 Intel quad and then we'll talk.