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~$600 gaming build; your thoughts?

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July 5, 2010 9:56:28 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: by the 13th, so approximately one week or so
BUDGET RANGE: ~$600 before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, school/work, surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, perhaps fry's b&m (las vegas area)
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD & ATI for cost purposes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: not too important to me, last time i've built a gaming comp was in 2003 so whatever's in nowadays
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: if you can perhaps point me in the way of a decent 22"-24" monitor to purchase down the line, i'd appreciate it ^^

here's a quick SS of what my build is at the moment:

as far as linkage:
  • opting for the OC'd 5770 in the meantime; perhaps will crossfire in the feature
  • paying about $10 more for a CAS latency of 7
    HDD & Case:
    MOBO & CPU:
  • mobo has most of the good stuff you'd like, though if crossfired it gets knocked down to 8x/8x, which i don't mind
    PSU & Optical:
  • able to save literally a couple dollars on a cheaper drive, though opted for lightscribe ^^

    Sitting @ $599.92 before rebates and shipping; would you be kind enough to let me know what's on your mind concerning the build and/or what should be done?

    Also, if you are up to the challenge of posting a ~$600 build to compare, or maybe parts to substitute within this build, please do! :pt1cable: 
  • More about : 600 gaming build thoughts

    July 5, 2010 12:21:56 PM

    Hmmm. A very solid build. I like it!:) 
    Seriosuly, i think this is worth it.
    a b 4 Gaming
    July 5, 2010 1:21:59 PM

    ^+2 good build.
    I still recommend and use Dell monitors.
    My new Dell 23" 2310H Pro Displayport monitor cost $180 Canadian on sale.
    Fully adjustable including swivel plus 2 usb ports and Energy Star Gold rated.
    3yr (1)dead pixel guarantee probably the best warranty in the industry.
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    July 5, 2010 3:44:36 PM

    Very good build for the money. I say pull the trigger.
    July 5, 2010 5:12:29 PM

    Depending on the environment your rig will be in, might think about picking up one 120mm fan for the front of the case. The case only comes with one in the rear, and everywhere I have read about that case, about 90% of the reviews all recommend installing at least one more fan.

    As for monitor, depending on if you want a built in TV tuner or not, I own SAMSUNG 2333HD. Been about 7 months now and no complaints to speak of really, other than I wish I wasn't so tall to require a monitor stand with it.
    July 5, 2010 8:08:45 PM

    Thank you all for your input! :na:  You guys are awesome.

    You know that feeling of hesitation that usually follows the itch in your trigger finger? I'm expriencing that now, lol. :lol: 

    An additional question: would the x3 440 be a bottleneck for the 5770 GPU or would it provide leeway for it to perform at its peak?

    July 5, 2010 8:26:49 PM

    There won't be any bottleneck.
    July 5, 2010 9:48:14 PM

    I just wanted to ask if this cpu could bottleneck a ati 5850???
    I'm planning to get kinnda same build for my next build
    July 5, 2010 10:31:58 PM

    I was wondering the same thing not too long ago; TTT!
    July 6, 2010 5:44:44 AM

    I pulled, by the way. Thanks again for the input. :D