$500-700 gaming/HTPC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: (500-700) After Rebates closer to 500 is better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming(something good for starcraft 2, wow..), surfing the internet, watching movies




PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Is intel better the AMD?
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
(is the E8500 worth the extra 20 bucks? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036)
I was wanting a vid card like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't know what this is


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was wanting to be able to connect it to my tv (for the monitor) and also be able to use it for cable.. is that easy to do? I also need a wireless network adaptor.

I wasn't sure about all the compatibility being that i'm new to this.
Some other parts i was looking at were:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037 will i have to buy a separate fan for this?

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211188 Is the 4 g enough?

CD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135202

HDD: Something with at least 500gigs

Video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339 or something in the geforce 9 series... would i need a fan for this?

Sound: something cheap... this is not a big issue i don't care too much about sound.. and how would that work using a tv??

TV Card: ?

Internet Card: How fast of one should i get 100mb, 300mb, etc.. i get internet through the cable.. roadrunner something like this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320048

MoBo: Something that'll fit this :)

OC: Windows vista?

I realize a lot of items can come in combos.. which can save money... which ones should i get?

I also had questions about when selecting the components what do i need to be concerned with.. such as with a video card do i need to worry about the type of ram it uses compared to the mobo?

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  1. Intel's current architecture and efficiency is better than AMD's. However, it does cost more for performance you probably won't require.

    You'll want a newer AMD build for this, this is my recommendation:

    CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0 GHz - $74.99

    Motherboard - ASRock 870 Extreme3 - $89.99

    RAM & Case Combo - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 & Lian Li PC-7FN - $179.98

    Graphics Card - Asus Radeon HD 5770 CuCore - $139.99 AR

    HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB - $74.99

    Corsair VX550W - $69.99 AR

    Asus DRW-24B1LT - $23.99

    Total = $653.92 AR without OS though - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM costs $99.99.

    The RAM on the video card is completely separate from the motherboard's memory so no worries there. Otherwise how would GDDR5 cards work? ;)
  2. The key here is: is your LCD TV Full HD or "HD Ready" i.e 1366 x 768?
  3. batuchka said:
    The key here is: is your LCD TV Full HD or "HD Ready" i.e 1366 x 768?

    This is the tv i have.. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FRCA-32-Class-LCD-HDTV%2F11019324&ei=crdSTMPKEoWCsQPL8-XOBQ&usg=AFQjCNEVs3SrWAO_v9t399mAVaXQT93bOA

    Im not sure how you tell if it is HD ready. I did check and there is a VGA input, so im assuming you can use it.


    Is this what i would use.. how would i get audio there? there was an audio plug right next to the vga thing
  4. It's 720p so native resolution would be 1366 x 768 then ^^
  5. How does the GDDR5 compare to the GeForce 9 series? Also, should i get windows 7 or stick with vista?

    Are there any other cables, fans, etc i would need to buy?
  6. If forking out for a new OS Win 7 For 1366 x 768 a HD 4850/GTS 250 will be more than fine ^^
  7. Would that be good? This would prob be a temporarily setup until I could buy another screen...
  8. On the lower end of budget @ $524AR
  9. I not the mobo i have selected says DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600 (OC)/1800 (OC)/2000 (OC) for the memory standard.. what does this mean? can i still use DDR3 1600? or does that mean you have to overclock (which I dont know what is)?
  10. It just means that you'll have to overclock your CPU for the RAM to run at 1600 MHz. By default, it runs at 1066 MHz 1.5V.
  11. That GTS 250 is way overpriced and $10 off combo still does not help ....
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