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First build. Gaming Computer for SC2, $500-$600

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July 6, 2010 12:45:07 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: July 11, 2010 BUDGET RANGE: $500-$600 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: SC2, other gaming, internet, schoolwork (word, excel, etc), movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Hard Drive, DVD Burner, OS, Monitor (i do not have it yet), Keyboard & mouse (i do not have it yet)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (but any other legitimate site will do fine)



MONITOR RESOLUTION: not too sure yet since I do not have it. probably nothing greater than 1680 x 1050.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: unfortunately i do not know too much about computers so i wont be able to compare certain specs with others. im also not too fimiliar with overclocking or SLI or crossfire but i will gladly learn about them if necessary. i do not have a monitor, keyboard and mouse yet but that will go onto a separate budget (not my original $500-$600). but if anyone has any suggestions for the monitor, keyboard and/or mouse, feel free to tell me. i appreciate any advice anyone has to offer. thanks a lot!
July 7, 2010 7:38:09 AM

well, here are two builds that i just put together. im not too sure on what im doing. plus im pretty sure that i messed up somewhere (such as maybe some of the components are not compatibly with each other) but this is a learning experience for me. i would really appreciate it if someone could steer me in the right direction.

build 1

build 2

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July 7, 2010 8:31:09 AM

Nice Builds for your first time mate!
I would go with the bottom of the two builds, but i would change a few things myself

CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz - $74.99
This is the best cheapest CPU for gaming, and by saving money here, you can spend it elseware

MOBO - ASRock 870 EXTREME3 - $89.99
The mobo you picked before only has one PCIe 2 slot that can run a video card. This has two, so crossfiring can be done later, and its $10 cheaper

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB - $199.99
If you are gaming, this is where you want to spend the money. Budget doesnt quite stretch to a 5850, so this will do, still better than a 5770 tho.

PSU - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power - $59.99
550W is all thats needed for this system, you could bump to a 650w if you wanted headroom, but its unnecessary imo

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $93.99
Cheaper ram, but alro haas standard heatspreaders, wo fitting an aftermarket cooler is less problematic

CASE - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310 - $39.99
Better quality case

Total = $559
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July 7, 2010 6:36:26 PM

thanks for responding Hereisphilly! i really do like the mobo and gpu you chose. when i have time, i'll reconfigure my build again. does anyone else have any other advice or suggestions for me? i would really like to hear other's opinions on how to improve my builds or if i should stick with Hereisphilly's build. thanks a lot everyone!
July 12, 2010 12:07:11 AM

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July 13, 2010 5:05:52 AM

hahaha wow, thanks a lot! i was just about to ordered the parts but i will now surely update the video card that was chosen. once again i greatly appreciate your help and advice! thanks a lot Hereisphilly! :D