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First PC Build: ~$700 Budget

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July 3, 2010 9:43:51 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $700 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Surfing Net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers/Headphones

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: See Below

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080


I have, with the help of this website and a friend, put together a computer setup that comes out to about $700. I would like some more opinions on it as this is my first build and I don't by any means think that I or my friend know everything. If anyone can throw in some opinions that would be greatly appreciated as I would like to have this computer ordered by the end of the day. Thanks in advance for all the input!

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS M4A88TD-M AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Before Rebates: $670.81

Edit: Updating parts as important things are mentioned. Out of paranoia, I would appreciate people saying everything is still compatible. Still sorta new to this...

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July 3, 2010 10:23:24 PM

Looks to be a nice mid range gaming build.
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July 3, 2010 10:31:27 PM

The only concern I have is the mATX motherboard.

You could get something like this MSI 790XT-G45 for about $20 more. There's also a combo with a 5770 for $10 off...or a different combo for $10 of Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit, if you still need an OS.

Other options:
You could save about $2-3 by going with a Lite-on DVD drive for $20.

The 600W ModXStream Pro is $70, but has free shipping, and is $50 after the MIR.

Other than the motherboard though, it looks pretty much perfect.
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July 3, 2010 10:42:55 PM

For that budget, just in my opinion, you are spending too much on the case.
Save $40 with this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then, use a portion of that money to upgrade your mobo, such as to this Asus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or this Gigabyte: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... both of which have USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/sec.
Whatever mobo you get will come with SATA cables, so you won't need to get another one with your HDD.
The X3 440 is actually $1 cheaper than the X3 435; or, spend $9 more and get a X3 445 with a "free" COD MW2 coupon (if that's the kind of game you play).
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July 3, 2010 11:38:51 PM

Bump for being paranoid that the new parts won't be 100% compatible... :??: 
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July 3, 2010 11:47:20 PM

AM3 ATX mobo, AM3 CPU, DDR3 ram, PCI express GPU, SATA drives and miditower case. It all checks out.
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July 3, 2010 11:56:04 PM

The parts are compatible. Your edits look good. The denizens of these forums tend to be nigglers, but I don't see anything worthy of further doubt-inducing commentary. I think you'll enjoy it.
If you're interested in overclocking, you may wish to add an aftermarket cooler.
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July 4, 2010 12:16:00 AM

Appreciate the positive reinforcement, guys! :D  Just one more thing before I hit the buy button... Could someone possible recommend a decent aftermarket cooler? Besides overclocking, i've had way too many overheating problems with past computers anyways, so an aftermarket cooler sounds like a great idea. Any suggestions?
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July 4, 2010 3:03:08 AM

Best answer selected by Asphy.
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July 4, 2010 3:05:57 AM

Glad to help. Have fun with your build. And remember, "pictures or it didn't happen."
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