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Double Checking Build

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July 30, 2010 4:32:38 PM

How does this build look.. I was trying to keep it under 700. This CP will be used to play a few games (starcraft 2, wow) and surfing..

MOBO, Vid:


Power, Case:




Network adapter:


Im pretty sure itll all go together i just wanted some other opinions... To connect it to a tv do i just need a VGA cable, what do i do for audio?

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July 30, 2010 4:42:01 PM

It's not that great. That PSU isn't the best and the GPU is a horrible choice. Here's what I'd look at:

CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and HD Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $185 after rebate
RAM: GeIL 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 9 $80
GPU: HD 5770 $135 after rebate
HDD/PSU: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $135 after rebate
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $708

I went over a little bit, but you could throw a second 5770 in the build if you ever decided to play more advanced games. Or if you're absolutely sure you won't ever need/want to, you could switch the following:

CPU/GPU: X3 440 and HD 5770 $210 after rebate
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $85 after rebate (currently sold out)
PSU: Switch to a 450-55W unit from Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, or SeaSonic.

Total: $683 (with current HDD/PSU combo)
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July 30, 2010 4:55:07 PM

can you play games on ubuntu? i know its free.. i would like to save the $100, and maybe upgrade later

can you have too much W in a PSU?
July 30, 2010 5:00:14 PM

srogers6 said:
can you play games on ubuntu? i know its free.. i would like to save the $100, and maybe upgrade later

With wine you can run basic 3D games like WOW and some OpenGL games, there should also be a beta version of steam available. But are you sure you don't have an extra/old copy of XP to throw in just for now until you get Win 7?
July 30, 2010 5:19:23 PM

That corsair is a great PSU, but with a HD5770, this would be enough. Save the money to get Windows.

Theres no such thing as "too much watts" just getting a 1000W PSU when you only need 200W is a bit redundant.

July 30, 2010 5:30:53 PM

I'd go with the 450W unit. We're not talking a difference of 200-300W here, it's just 50W. You'd save a few bucks now with the Antec, but you'd lose money over time on efficiency and wouldn't have much room for overclocking or adding parts down the road.

That ASRock board is a good substitute. I'd still want the Gigabyte if it was available.
July 30, 2010 8:38:39 PM

Best answer selected by srogers6.