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Budget Gaming Rig, ~$750

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July 8, 2010 7:56:17 PM

Hi all. I'm working on a new build. I only upgrade every 3-5 years, so any and all advice is greatly appreciated. I have a build in mind (below), but I'm not in a rush to get everything now, so I'm waiting to see if Newegg has a really good deal on any of them. I've already picked up a couple of parts that way -- the PSU and hard drive -- but I guess I could return them if they're that bad.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Can start buying now, but in no rush to have it built before early September

BUDGET RANGE: ~$750 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (recent and upcoming BioWare games, Civilization V, possibly Final Fantasy XIV), MLB.TV, typical web browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (see additional comments below).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, ATI, mid-tower case, soft spot for Gigabyte

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, 1080p HDTV (?)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like this to be fairly future-proof -- say, no upgrading for at least 3 years, and even then, be able to keep some components, such as the motherboard. I'm also thinking about using my TV as a monitor rather than spending another $200+. Is that any more complicated these days than buying a long HDMI cable and wireless keyboard/mouse?

Parts in mind:

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

PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This has already been ordered.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not committed to this mobo in particular, but I do like Gigabyte, and I like the 6Gb/s SATA & USB 3.0 just in case.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seems like the obvious pick. Since I'm not overclocking, stock cooling should be fine, right?

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'd especially appreciate help with RAM. Would G.Skill's Eco or Ripjaws be better?

GPU: POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I picked this largely because it's cheap for a 5770, still has VGA (just in case) and only uses one slot. If another 5770 is a much better idea, I'm listening -- the Hawk seemed like overkill since I'm not overclocking.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This has already been ordered.

Keyboard/Mouse: GIGABYTE GK-KM7500 2.4GHz RF Wireless Ultra-slim Keyboard and Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I picked this largely because of the key layout; I'm kinda picky about that.

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is there anything I really need Professional for (beyond XP mode, which seems unnecessary if I have an old laptop lying around)?

I guess I need an optical drive, too -- and I'll probably toss in a floppy drive while I'm at it, just to be contrarian. I'm guessing it's hard to go wrong with either of those, though.

Thanks again for any feedback -- and please tell me if the PSU sucks; I was going off of the specs, ratings on Newegg, and discount.

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July 8, 2010 8:06:48 PM

RAM-
ECO is better if they're same price thanks to lower voltages. However, btwn the 2, just get the cheaper one. Current prices, you're better off with the DDR3 1600 Eco's at $105.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Switch HD to a Spinpoint F3 $55

Optical- Grab cheapest sata $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't get a powercooler GPU.

Cheaper after MIR and higher quality GPU and OS combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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