First time build looking for balance

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner the better

BUDGET RANGE: 500 – 650 if possible (not including monitor)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General use/ gaming (starcraft 2)/ internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Processor/Case Combo ($160)

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX945WFGMBOX

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.461692

Power Supply: ($80)

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

Motherboard: ($85)

ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603

Optical Drive: ($20)

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Hard Drive: ($90)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Graphics Card: ($150)

EVGA 01G-P3-1158-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130514

Memory
: ($50 x 2)

Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3N7/2G

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134751

The memory was specific towards a compatibility list I found for the motherboard

http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=GRrtD7enpMkaVWV1


Price Total: 685


OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900

I still need to pick a monitor but I am leaning towards this one

Hanns•G HZ201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 10000:1(1000:1) Built-in Speakers

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254049

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is the first PC I’m trying to build. I am a student who uses it for general purposes but would also like to be able to play games, specifically starcraft 2 on it. I was trying to build a balanced PC that would do this. I got these suggestions from friends and wanted to know if they would work out and make sense, or if there were better combinations out there. Thank you!
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  1. $608AR - u should really hit a 22-23" LCD hehe
  2. I would drop the HDD to a Samsung Spinpoint F3. The 1tb is $74.99 if you need that much space, or the 500gb is $54.99

    I would grab the 4gb G Skill ECO 1600mhz RAM CL7 - $104.99. It is barely more expensive and is better and faster and according to the mobo site it can cope with this speed.

    I would get the XFX 650W combo deal with the 945 - $184.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.454694

    I would then buy a 5770 Vapor X at $154.99 after rebate,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102898&cm_re=5770_radeon-_-14-102-898-_-Product for

    or the standard version for $134.99 aftr rebate. Both are better than the old technology of the GTS250

    This is just a brief outline, I get the feeling Bat has a great build there for you (I can't see it as I am at work)
  3. And what is your upgrade path? I would go with a GTX 260, its so much better than the gts250 or you could get a GTX460 for 50 bucks more :) have something that lasts a little
  4. Oh man, thank you guys for the quick replies! The samsung HDD definitely makes more sense, as well as the RAM.
  5. Ya happy shopping/building and u are welcomed ^^
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