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Help/advice for first time builder ($600 budget PC)

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August 12, 2010 12:11:59 AM

I don't have any experience in computer building, but I thought I would give it a try. Mostly, the computer will be used for watching downloaded movies (720p and 1080p) and playing Starcraft 2 (I would prefer High or Ultra settings, monitor is 1600x1200 and my TV is 1920x1080). Beyond that and some music/web surfing, nothing else. I need a smaller case, since I need my computer to fit in my TV stand. My budget for this computer is around 600, although realistically closer to 550 if possible.

I tried to do a lot of research on my own, but I would love some input on what works and doesn't work. Any advice on possible bottlenecks would be great too. My friend is supplying me with a PSU, which is why I don't have one listed. I'll also apologize beforehand for not knowing all the shorthand/common names of each part.

The three biggest things I am unsure of right now is:
1. Whether or not the Mobo is good. The reviews seemed a bit iffy, so I am worried about that.
2. If the CPU/GPU is either not enough or too much for what my needs are.
3. Cost lowering through other combos. I think I looked through all the possibilities, but I wasn't sure...especially if you guys suggest different components.

CPU and GPU
AMD Phenom II X2 550
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.442726

Mobo and Optical drive
Biostar AM3 AMD 785G
Samsung 22x DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.461238

Memory
Wintec APMX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161279

Hard drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Case
Thermaltake LANBOX Lite Black SECC Gaming Cube Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133045
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