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Critique my Build - $600 Gaming PC for Starcraft 2

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July 24, 2010 7:13:56 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this weekend

BUDGET RANGE: < 650

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, OS, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon, Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Quad Core CPU

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080


Here are the parts that I've picked out:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus

Motherboard: ASRock AM3 processors AMD 770-140W 4DDR3/ATI CrossFireX motherboard M3A770DE

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

Video card: GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Hard Drive: Samsung 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive HD502HJ

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R

Power Supply Seasonic 520W 80Plus Power Supply

Case: NZXT M59

Thanks for your help!
July 24, 2010 8:43:35 PM

This gets you a little bit more for a little bit less:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this comes out to 599.92$ after MIR's and before shipping. i can change things up a bit though. i linked the 555 over the 635 just as a choice, as if you unlock it, its better, but personally, id go with the x3 440.
July 26, 2010 3:25:47 AM

I agree with ares, if you're lucky you can unlock the other 2 cores on the 555. But if you want to be safe go with the x4 435 or x3 440.
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July 26, 2010 12:48:48 PM

personally, for gaming, id go with the x3 440 over most things. Most games dont use 4 cores, but some do use 3 cores. Also, it gives you the unlocking possibility of the 555, as you can unlock it into a athlon quad core fairly easily, and you even have the possibility to unlock it into a x4 945, however that isnt as likely. Its also cheaper than everything.
July 26, 2010 1:39:10 PM



600 after rebates

click on it to see close up, but the promo (overall 20 dollars off) is only good for today)
July 26, 2010 2:55:37 PM



615.95 AR
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