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Sub-700 gaming build, first time build, looking for opinions.

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July 4, 2010 4:21:37 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this month. BUDGET RANGE: 600-700, After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(not hardcore, but I'd like to keep up with new titles), possibly some CAD work in the future.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (current monitor is an Acer X223W, resolution is 1680 x 1050), speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none, if it's cheaper and reliable, sweet. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Right now I'm looking at AMD CPU and ATI video card, but I'm easily persuaded.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not in the near future.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Below is what I've got right now, I'm kind of torn between quality and cost. It's my first time building, so I tried to look for products with few issues. Mostly just looking for confirmation that I didn't make a mistake. But if anyone has any recommendations on cutting costs, or a new build altogether, I'm willing to look.

Antec 300 Case/SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM Combo:

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W/OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 Combo:

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770(in a combo deal with Windows 7 64-bit OEM, but I doubt you guys need to see that ;) :

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Currently that's about 695 dollars before rebates, about 655 after. Thanks for taking the time to look and read!

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July 5, 2010 1:52:58 PM

Looks good if you are not planning on crossfire at all since the board has only one PCIe slot.