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HELP: $650 Gaming Build!

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July 25, 2010 6:16:41 PM

Hi guys! This will be a very first build! Very excited! Any tips for a newbie??? :) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully Tonight

BUDGET RANGE: $650 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Causal Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: no

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024(Will upgrade monitor in the future)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I got a free copy of Windows 7 64-bit. Is 64-bit better or worse on gaming?



I compiled most this list from reading other similar builds on this forum. One thing i dont understand is why so many prefer this CPU. Is there other CPU you guys would recommend?

AND, Do they all work together?

The PSU has:
1 x Main connector (20+4Pin)
1 x 12V(P4)
1 x 12V(8Pin)
4 x Peripheral
6 x SATA
2 x Floppy
2 x PCI-E

Is that enough? WIll it work with my motherboard? THANKS!

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July 26, 2010 3:59:05 PM

It's fairly good, but I'd go with something more like this:

CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and HD Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $183 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
GPU: HD 5770 $135 after rebate and promo code
HDD/PSU: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $120 after rebate
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73

Total: $616. You'd get faster RAM, a larger HDD, a better PSU and the ability to Crossfire down the road.
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