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$800-900 budget gaming build

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August 6, 2010 1:22:38 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $800-900 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: casual gaming, watching movies, surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, wherever is cheapest

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'll probably go with AMD since it's a budget build

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I would like support for it for the future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't do a lot of gaming right now, but I expect I'll do more once I build this computer. I'm trying to get the best value I can, but I'm willing to spend a little extra if it's worth it. I'm trying to "future-proof" this somewhat.

I need a monitor since I currently use a laptop. I also already bought the hard drive (see below), but would like to include the price in the build.

I live fairly close to a Microcenter if there's something good there.
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Here are some of the parts I'm thinking about:

Case:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99 after promo code and MIR

The promo code's only good for another day so I need to get it soon if it's a good choice.


CPU:

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$76.99


PSU:

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99 after promo code and MIR

I'm not sure about this PSU. I definitely want to get something good that will be able to handle more hardware in the future (i.e. another graphics card).


Graphics Card:

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$134.99 after MIR

or

EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$199.99


Memory:

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$94.99

I haven't heard a lot about A-DATA, but it got great reviews on newegg.


Motherboard:

This is where I need the most help. I'd like to throw in another graphics card in crossfire at a future date. Also, is USB 3.0 and SATA III support worth getting? I'm willing to spend a little extra if it is.


Hard Drive:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99

I already bought this when it was on sale.

Optical:

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=N82E168...
$19.99

Monitor:

HP s2331 23-inch 1080p 5ms LCD Monitor (Anti-glare)
http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/hp-s2331-23-inch-1080p-5m...
$162.49

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Thanks for the help! This is my first build, but I tried to do some research before coming here. I'm open to any suggestions.
a b 4 Gaming
August 6, 2010 2:00:00 AM

If you can swing it, go for a GTX460 for only $50 more than 5770.

Check out logicbuy.com for monitors. They have some great deals on 23 and 24" 1080p monitors for around 160-180
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August 6, 2010 3:48:36 PM

I think I could fit the GTX460 into my budget. I added a couple of graphics cards and other components to my post. I'm still not sure about the mobo.
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