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I need advice on a build I'm doing for my main computer for school and it will double as a HTPC. I would also like to be able to play Starcraft II in an acceptable level. I picked out some parts and I was wondering if it looks solid.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: June/July 2010.
BUDGET RANGE: 300-400 before rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, HTPC (no HD but maybe soon), gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: hard drive dvd burner, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU. Most likely a either785g/790gx/880g/890gx.

OVERCLOCKING: Moderate if any. I might try unlocking a core.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The budget is not set. Spending less is better, but I could go a little over my budget limit.


Parts I have picked out:
Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRHA-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRH
AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor

There is a combo deal on newegg with the case and motherboard. the total comes out to just under $300.

I chose 785g over 880g and 890gxsince it was a lot less will I regret doing that? Also I know that Biostar is not a very good brand, but the price seemed right and it had good reviews on newegg and I feel that if I don't need to overclock I should not need a very good motherboard.

I will see how SCII works out on it and if I need a separate GPU, I plan on buying one later.

Any advice would be great.
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  1. I think this case is better:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119203

    Some cheaper PSU (unless you buy later a powerful GPU)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

    And maybe you can get the Athlon II X3 440 it's a little more.
  2. Best answer
    Agreed - even at the lower end of your budget you could nab a 440 and better case

    For $95AR u could also hit this HD 5750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131354&cm_re=hd_5750-_-14-131-354-_-Product
  3. If you need a good gpu get a 5750 or 5770 those should destroy starcraft at 1600x1050
  4. 130$ is like 40% of 300$. I doubt he could afford it.

    And i can tell you right now, you won't be impressed at all by the onboard graphics. You would be better of maybe spending a little more and getting a card. Or, you could just build the computer and save a little more and buy one once you get the money, but don't expect the Onboard chip to do anything for you.
  5. I realize the case isn't good, but I think I'll stick with it since its free with the motherboard!

    Rosewill R223-P-BK and BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G

    I will definitely take your advices about going with the Athlon II x3 440.

    Hopefully the onboard graphics will be enough, but if not I will upgrade to a 5750.

    Will the CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400WG be able to power the 5750?
  6. yes
  7. Best answer selected by aznkaz.
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