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July 19, 2010 7:27:13 PM

So far I have this. This is going to be my first computer build, so I am new at this. This build is going to be for gaming (starcraft II), but will also be used to watch videos, excel, word, powerpoint, surf web, etc. I just need help picking out all the required parts, so if I am missing any part, please let me know.

There is a combo going on at fry's for the CPU + Motherboard for $180.

CPU: AMD Phenom™ II X4 965 3.4Ghz 8MB Cache BLACK EDITION - $180

MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-880GM-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G Hybrid CrossfireX HD/DVI/HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - (Combo)

GPU: Sapphire RADEON HD 3870 Graphics adapter - 512 MB - GDDR4 SDRAM = FREE (Brother gave me this for free, so I am using it)

RAM: Corsair 4 GB DDR3 240-pin Server Memory Kit CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 = $120-40MIR = $80

PSU+Optical Drive: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W + CD/DVD DRIVE: Lite-On iHAS124-04 $70-20MIR = 50$

MONITOR: ~$150
(Will decide on one later, not important)

MICE: $20
(Will decide on one later, not important)

(Will decide on one later, not important)

CPU cooler: Hyper 212+ = $30.

HDD: Hitachi OS00163 Deskstar IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G = $70

TOTAL SO FAR: ~$670 (after tax and MIR)

What else do I need besides a case? I am planning to pick up an Antec 900 for approximately 70$. Is a sound card/network card necessary? Sorry I am not that great with computers and not necessarily sure if I have everything I need, but once I get all the required parts I can ask a friend to help me build it. Most of these parts have been picked out for me, and sounds great so I decided to go with it. Can anyone recommend me any parts I am missing, and tell me what other parts do I need? And give me any feedback on this build, or let me know if you can get something for cheaper.

Thanks, any help will be appreciated!!

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July 24, 2010 4:53:36 AM

Batuchka's recommendations are good with me too. You might want more powerful graphics if you can afford it though.
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July 24, 2010 5:16:09 AM

I think the onboard gfx are probably more powerful than the gfx card
July 24, 2010 5:25:38 AM

Outlander_04 said:
I think the onboard gfx are probably more powerful than the gfx card

I'd have to disagree on that. Even a 5550 should beat standard onboard graphics (this doesn't include any of the cool mobos with a proper graphics card in-built e.g. that Asus board with a 5770 on board - don't know what it's called)