Help with Build

I'm building a gaming comp and to save money, I'm reusing parts from a 1yr old hp computer I got. It's the first time I do this type of thing, so bare with me.

A quick rundown of the parts

CPU: Amd Phenom ii X4 920 2.8 GHz (hp)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit(hp)
Mobo: MSI MS-7548 (hp)
GPU?: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 or EVGA 250 GTS
PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 550w
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid-Tower Black Case
Hard Drive: 320 GB 7200 rpm SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec) (hp)
Optical Drive: 16X DVD(+/-)R/RW 12X RAM (+/-)R DL LightScribe SATA
RAM: 4GBs, DDR2


EDIT: My other Option will be a 460GTX EVGA 512 GB, with cheap psu with antec 300

I'm bumped on GPU. My resolution is 1900x1080 and I usually play Source Engine based games (HL2, L4D, CS:S, TF2)

I haven't purchased anything yet but if I did, the total will be around 280, where my limit is 340$


What I need is your advice on the parts that I'm using. I'm thinking of buying a new motherboard, but most good ones are too much.


My main focus is on the GPU. The scout case is my absolute favorite and I'd like to keep it in this project. I think there are some good PSU's out there, but its hard to choose (I saw one 600w for like 25 bucks)
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  1. Well when picking PSUs it's not advisable just to look at wattage so to aid in your research perhaps drop down to Johnny Guru?
  2. batuchka said:
    Well when picking PSUs it's not advisable just to look at wattage so to aid in your research perhaps drop down to Johnny Guru?


    Yeah, I know this, but the GPU specifications say that it needs over 450w minimum. Is this too much for the cards?

    Also, I'll be purchasing everything from newegg, microcenter, and tigerdirect.
  3. if you change mobo you might not be able to use your copy of win 7
    good deal on psu if you act soon
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
  4. marco324 said:
    if you change mobo you might not be able to use your copy of win 7
    good deal on psu if you act soon
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030


    Everything will maybe be purchased next week, so I might have to pass on that deal.
  5. Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $44.99

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340804

    http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?submit=ChangeItem
    last day for 25 rebate great deal
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    OCZ Diesel 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model
    Grand Total:* $79.98 - 2500 = 55
  6. oh crap
  7. looks good the 25 dollor rebate ends today on the power supply newegg combo
    if your windows7 came with your Hewlett-Packard i think it will only work with that motherboard might not be worth it do you have any old memory with the hp ? 4 gigs total is good for gaming
  8. A $25 600W PSU does not sound like a PSU i would hit even in my sub $300 configs tbh hehe
  9. Whatever you do, dont get a GTS250. A 5770 is nice, but I would probably get the GTX460, cause its very fast for the money, and SLI scaling is also very good, if you wanted to add another in the future. 5770 is still nice though - DirectX11 and faster than a GTS250 :)
  10. batuchka said:
    A $25 600W PSU does not sound like a PSU i would hit even in my sub $300 configs tbh hehe


    if your talking about the antec psu heres a review and it doesn't really mater deals over now
    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=317192

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2094944

    tbh hehe
    Would have been good for his settup and budget
  11. Nope not referring to Antec ECO line ^^
  12. OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W i know its not a great one but not a bad one either for the money in that combo deal i heard people say pretty good things about ocz brand psu ?

    http://pcwizkidstechtalk.com/index.php/ocz-modxstream-review.html

    http://wize.com/system-power-supplies/p516443-modxstream-pro-ocz700mxsp-700-watt-power-supply
  13. the OCZ is really a great PSU and modular, I have it in my setup and its wonderful but honestly this is the first time a use a branded PSU so I wouldnt know the diffrence lol
  14. The ModX is fine but i would try not to compromise to the StealthXtreme line as those aren't 80+ certified
  15. new rebate
    Offer valid 8/5/10 to 8/16/10 at Newegg.com & Newegg.ca ONLY
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