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First build gaming computer around $600

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July 23, 2010 10:59:21 PM

How does this look for a gaming computer at the ~600 to 700 dollar price range? Looking for any helpful feedback. If there are better parts for around the same price, or if I'm doing something wrong, please let me know. Thank you for your time.

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX945WFGMBOX - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity Technology - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = 656.76

edit: Looking for something good enough to play starcraft 2 with full settings.
Anonymous
July 23, 2010 11:09:20 PM

Definitely swap that 5830 for a GTX 460 1GB as it performs at least as well, includes some other features such as CUDA and PhysX and also runs quieter and cooler.

Personally I think that case is grotesque and looks like something out of an '80s Sci-Fi movie but that's mostly personal preference. If I had $50 to spend on a case I'd get this.

Get this RAM instead. It's cheaper but also faster.

Apart from that, I'd say you're good to go. :) 
July 24, 2010 2:57:08 AM

cool, thanks for the input!
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July 24, 2010 4:16:57 AM

$660AR, $20 cheaper if u swap 1TB with F3 500GB
July 24, 2010 7:22:50 AM

very nice, thanks
July 24, 2010 9:34:33 AM

You are welcomed ^^
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