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Some advice for a sub $600 build (with componants already chosen)

Hey everyone, first time poster here. I'm giving up the console wars permanently and moving into PC gaming. I've been doing a lot of research and here are the components that I have come up with. I would like some advice on if they work together and if I am getting what I think I am getting (a sub $600 PC that plays games at a solid framerate and had good, not awesome or OMG CHRYSIS graphics).

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: about a week or two from today.

BUDGET RANGE: $550 to $625

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Streaming movies (I have an old Gateway laptop for my actual schoolwork)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, OS (I'm getting the student discount on Windows 7)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg and tigerdirect


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here's what I have so far:

MOTHERBOARD ($99.99): MSI 870A-G54 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130275

CASE ($54.99):Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

CPU ($80.99): AMD Phenom 9850 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103286

RAM ($79.99): Corsair XMS2 4GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory Upgrade - 2x2048MB http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4631346&Sku=C13-6084

VIDEOCARD: ($104.99)GeForce 9800 GT Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, (2) Dual Link DVI, HDTV, VGA Support http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4209965&CatId=3585

HARDDRIVE ($64.99) Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5", SATA 3G, 64MB Cache, GreenPower http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5659779&CatId=8

DVD DRIVE ($17.99): LITE-ON Black 24X DVD R 8X DVD RW 8X DVD R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

POWER SUPPLY ($49.99): Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=17-371-034

TOTAL PRICE: $553.92 (before shipping)
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  1. At the $100 price point, I think a GTS250 or 4850 would be a bit better:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-radeon-hd-geforce-gtx,2676-3.html

    As to advice, downlad and read the motherboard and case manuals before you do anything.
  2. Thanks for the advice! When you say download the motherboard and case manuals am I looking for anything in particular? Just that the components work together?
  3. Nothing in particular, but it may trigger something you need to know. I always do it and read them cover to cover while I am waiting for parts to arrive.
  4. Best answer
    That DDR2 RAM doesn't wotk on that mobo. The video card is old and weak.

    GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 + AMD Athlon II X3 440
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.436592
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.434589
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 + NZXT GAMMA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.431380
    SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873
    LITE-ON
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    $577.92
  5. mosox said:
    That DDR2 RAM doesn't wotk on that mobo. The video card is old and weak.

    GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 + AMD Athlon II X3 440
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.436592
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.434589
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 + NZXT GAMMA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.431380
    SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873
    LITE-ON
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    $577.92


    Thanks for the heads up! Like I said, I'm new to this entire game. Any reason for some of the changes besides the combos for savings? Why the triple core processor etc?
  6. Good catch on the ram mosox.

    That is one reason I like to read the manual early.
  7. For gaming the video card is much more important that the CPU. The X3 440 is a great CPU for the money. The video card is the best you can get on that budget and the HDD is faster.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/athlon-ii-x3-440-gaming-performance,review-31906.html
  8. The other thing, the 1st gen Phenoms were not that great of a chip.

    The x3 he suggests, it's only a triple core, but I think it's at 3 ghz, much higher clockspeed, and is a good value. If you want a quad though, might check out an Athlon II x4, as they are not much more and should be quick too.
  9. I have formulated a new build based on some conversations with my friend and here is what we came up with:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.436592
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.431380
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.434589

    There is a question I still have though, is the RAM I have selected (4th link) compatible with the motherboard (1st link)? The specs on the memory compatable with the motherboard says "DDR3 1866(OC)/1333/1066" and the RAM I have selected says DDR3 1600

    Thanks!
  10. Best answer selected by lewthejew.
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