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June 1, 2010 7:06:15 PM

Hello all,

I'm looking to buy soon...like in the next week. I'm looking to spend around $750 at most (less $$ is always good) at newegg.com before rebates.

It's mostly going to be used for gaming (nothing intense, but I'd like to run things like WoW/SC2/TF2 with most, if not all of the bells and whistles)/internet surfing/some Office work/and some DVR duty (I have a tuner card).

It'll be replacing a 5-year-old P4 3.0 GHz, single core (Dell, so I can't really salvage parts). But I will be moving over a second internal SATA 3 HDD.

As far as preferences, I think I lean more Intel/Nvidia, but I recognize the value of AMD/ATI; since I'm working on a budget here, that's not an issue. As far as case, mid-tower is where I'd want to be. I don't really have any manufacturer preferences.

With a lower-end CPU, I might OC/attempt core unlock. For my current gaming needs, I don't think SLI/Crossfire is necessary, but it might be nice to have in the future.

This would be my first build.

I've been looking at the following (mouse, keyboard, monitor [Acer H233H is astrong possibility] are taken care of):

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And probably something like this, to help with the OC and (hopeful) unlock of the CPU:
Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-G1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Again, as this would be my first build, maybe I should just go with the stock cooler, no OC, but try and unlock? It looks like the case should be cool enough to handle that.)

I guess where I'm running into problems is with the balance between budget and future-proof...do I go with a motherboard that has USB 3.0, SATA 6, and Crossfire/SLI capability? Or should one of those have priority over the other?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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June 1, 2010 8:40:34 PM

MOBO choice depends on your need. Gaming wise, you've got more upgrade options by using a xfire mobo. USB 3/SATA 3 is pretty much the new standard though, so you shouldn't be getting a mobo w/o it.

MOBO wise this would be a better choice.

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

890 chipset, USB 3 SATA 3 and xfire. However, it's dual x8 slots, so no dual gpu on a stick cards in the future. Probably not an issue for you though as the only current gen one is $700.
$125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPu wise, Powercooler is a bad company to buy from. Go xfx, sapphire, gigabyte, or asus.

RAM bad timings on those, you want CAS 7 RAM.

You can get this PSU/RAM combo for example.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Don't need a seperate HSF unless you wanna do a high OC. Stock AMD ones are pretty decent (unlike Intel).

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June 2, 2010 4:28:40 PM

Thanks. I was a little leery of that GPU. Gonna go with a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 I think.

Good to know abou the AMD stock HSF...I figure I'll only OC from 3.0 to 3.2 or so, so that should be fine.

I think I'll stick with the the CAS 9 RAM and I switched the motherboard to the MSI 870A-G54. It only does x4/x4 Crossfire, but honestly, for a casual/budget gaming build, I don't think I'm going to notice.
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June 2, 2010 9:00:18 PM

Frog Ribs said:
...MSI 870A-G54. It only does x4/x4 Crossfire...

NO! Dont't do that 8X and 16X is fine but 4X is bad.
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