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

Last response: in Systems
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.

AMD Phenom II X2 550
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770

Mobo and Optical drive
Biostar AM3 AMD 785G
Samsung 22x DVD Burner

Wintec APMX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333

Hard drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB

Thermaltake LANBOX Lite Black SECC Gaming Cube Computer Case