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1st time builder for Starcraft 2 and general purposes - $800

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July 28, 2010 5:55:31 AM

Hi everyone,

I have never built a computer before, but after reading some posts and articles here it seems like a fun project and not as risky as I thought before.

I am looking to use my computer for Starcraft 2 and general computing purposes (internet, watching movies/shows, listening to music, etc)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $800, but the lower the better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, Starcraft 2, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse and speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: anything is fine as long as it is cheap and reliable; it seems like a lot of people use newegg or tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference; whatever gets me the most bang for my buck

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Since I am buying a new monitor anyway, I would like to get whatever would be great for my use; please recommend good monitors as well

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It seems like a lot of cases have those neon light fans, but I am not a big fan of them (can those lights be turned off?) Also, I don't want my computer to be too loud. In addition, if I want to connect my computer to my HDTV, is there anything else I need aside from a good GPU?

I think that's about it.

Thanks!
July 28, 2010 6:21:07 AM
July 28, 2010 4:40:47 PM

Hey thanks for the response. I changed a couple of things based on my preference and took out Window 7. What do you think of the build below? Will they all work together? Also please let me know there is anything I should swap.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-768I GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor ADX620WFGIBOX

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out
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