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August 14, 2010 9:15:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP; likely two weeks from today.

BUDGET RANGE: $600 before rebates if possible.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming > Movies > Surfing/music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD; I have a rough build outlined already.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is a PC mainly for SC2 and hopefully Diablo III in the future. SC2 ultra settings would be peachy, and is achievable by the Radeon 5770 quite well from what I've read. Anyhow, here is a list of parts I've pieced together from various sites and topics here, I'd *love* feedback if anything I've chosen is sub-par or has compatibility issues, etc. Thanks in advance!

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX: POWERCOLOR Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 14, 2010 10:16:38 AM

I am olso going to buy 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$ . Monitor: asus/viewsonic/hp anything with dvi port and 1600x900 ~100$
So the budget is ~ 600$ :)  :D  :) 
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August 14, 2010 2:52:39 PM

I'd save a little on the case and go with the RAidmax Quantum. On sale now... I recently picked one up and the think works great. The fans are quiet and the case is running insanely cool.

Also, combo some of those things together on newegg to save $20 or $30 extra here or there... and use the savings to pickup a GTX460 instead of 5770. Well worth the extra $40bucks over 5770
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August 14, 2010 3:18:03 PM

AMD Athlon II X3 440 + ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 14, 2010 3:27:12 PM

$600AR
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August 14, 2010 3:28:16 PM


Overall, you have a pretty good build IMHO, but I would recommend two changes (mobo & memory):

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $109.99
SATA 6 GB/s support

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
Slightly faster memory CL7, instead of CL9 $99.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hope this helps. Regardless of which option you choose, pls let us know how your build went.
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August 15, 2010 3:40:29 AM

mosox said:
AMD Athlon II X3 440 + ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Awesome, thanks for finding those bundles! I think I'll follow more advice from this topic and use these savings to pick up the GTX460, and pick up the CL7 speed G.SKILL RAM. I forgot to mention I also didn't need a DVD drive, I still plan to use my current one.

I'll be sure to update how my build goes when I get around to ordering everything, and thanks again for the responses!
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