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$500-600 PC for Gaming and General Use

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August 1, 2010 1:34:40 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: First week of August (ASAP)

BUDGET RANGE: 500-600 after rebates (Under 500 is preferred)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General Use (Office, Web Surfing), Gaming (Starcraft 2), Editing (Photoshop, Illustrator), Watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com (any reputable site that has the best price)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD X3 or X4

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 19", 1280x1024; May upgrade in near future to larger screen ~22"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
This is the first time I'm building a computer, and as such, will appreciate all the help I can get. I will primarily use this PC for general use (Office, Web, Movies) and Adobe Illustrator. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but recently purchased Starcraft 2, and would like to be able to play the game at its highest settings (from my understanding, SC2 isn't a highly demanding game..) A quiet PC is preferred.

I picked out the parts that are needed, minus the PSU. Any help in terms of the following would be awesome:
1) Choosing a PSU
2) Making sure all the components are compatible
3) Recommending a different brand/model that may be better deal than the one I chose

CPU and Case: AMD Athlon II X3 440 with Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

GFX Card: XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card --> Don't know how good this card is... trying to find a better one for similar pricing


Thanks.

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August 1, 2010 3:14:50 AM

$439AR?
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