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August 14, 2010 2:16:28 AM

I'm a first-timer, so go easy on me ;) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner the better

BUDGET RANGE: I'd like to stay as close to $500 as possible.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, gaming, gaming, sweet screensavers. In that order.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers. I'm not sure if I should include the OS here or not, but I want to put Win 7 64-bit on this build. Is there an advantage to going with the Ultimate edition over Professional?

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference really. Probably newegg.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Not as of yet. I might make my mind up when it comes time to upgrade this thing :) 

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: What do you guys think? Better to add another card or to get a new one that's twice as good?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I've got an old 1280x1024 monitor that I'll use until I can afford something better. But 1600x1200 is the lowest I'm willing to go when I do pick up a new monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Being able to easily upgrade this mess is a big priority. I'd rather spend a little more now to smooth the going later. Starcraft 2 and Fallout: NV will be the big games that I'll be playing on this. I'm also a Team Fortress 2 addict, but I'm pretty sure my toaster can run that at 1600x1200.

I'm pretty much just want to build a rig that I can upgrade piecemeal until I can run every game that comes out for the next couple years at maximum settings.

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August 14, 2010 2:28:13 AM

This is $383AR so +$100 for OS
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August 14, 2010 2:33:08 AM

Man, that was fast. You are like some sort of genius robot :) 


One more question for a newbie:
Would starting out with a more powerful CPU (say a Core i5) be worth it? Or is it better to upgrade GPU and CPU in tandem to avoid bottlenecking?
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August 14, 2010 2:37:44 AM

Nah, batucka always uses that build no offense..
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August 14, 2010 2:39:21 AM

At your budget point i wouldn't even consider an AthlonII X4 as quads aren't even needed for gaming but a GPU with as much teeth for your current resolution meanwhile brings that much more on the table for your games hehe
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August 14, 2010 2:46:41 AM

Well, with that build, I'm still around $70 under my $500 budget. Would throwing that into the build be worth it, or am I unlikely to wring any more value out of so little an investment?
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August 14, 2010 2:50:58 AM

Hmm didn't u need an OS?
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August 14, 2010 4:02:04 AM

batuchka said:
Hmm didn't u need an OS?


Blarg, you're right. I've been looking at too many builds tonight.
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August 14, 2010 4:11:10 AM

Haha ya so it's within range with OS in ^^
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August 14, 2010 4:42:41 AM

I am olso going to build a ~500$ gaming pc. I have already chose it.So i think it may help you. I have done an amd based pc.it is olso 64 bit windows7 capable.
1.Processor: Amd phenom ii 555 x2 black edition ~100$
amd phenom ii 710 x3 ~95$
amd athlon ii 620 x4 ~87$
(phenom ii 555 x2 is best for gaming & athlon ii 620 x4 is best for multitasking)
2.motherboard: msi 785gm-e65 ~75$
asus m4a785td-m evo ~79$
ecs 785g ~75$
gigabyte ga-ma770t-ud3 ~82
(all are am3 capable)
3. Memory : Corsair/g.skill 2gb ~45$
4gb ~85$
(both are 1333 mhz if you looking for 1600(oc) mhz it will cost little extra but it will be good for oc )
4. Hard drive: seagate barracuda 250gb ~35$
5. Gpu: xfx 5750 hd ~145$
xfx 5770 hd ~160$
sapphire 5770 hd vaporx ~170$
(5770 will be better option for little extra)
6. Powersupply: you need 450 watt or more .there are many kind of product in market. take one which suits you best .
If you want to xfire in future them buy psu of >750watt.
7. Dvd drive: sony 24x ~20$ .
So the budget is ~ 500$ :)  :)  :) 
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August 14, 2010 5:01:41 AM

I seem to be woefully unprepared for this undertaking; any recommendations for a good screwdriver/related tools?
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August 14, 2010 5:05:28 AM

Nah just any philips screw driver would do ^^
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August 14, 2010 5:42:56 AM

Thanks! Hopefully, I'll be able to start putting this mess together Monday night. Wish me luck :) 
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August 14, 2010 5:43:07 AM

Best answer selected by pseudofengshui.
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August 14, 2010 5:49:06 AM

Yep happy shopping/building and u are welcomed ^^
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