Gaming / General usage PC build, on the cheap (~$500-$600)

Hey everyone. It's been about 5 years since I build my last PC. Most of my gaming is on consoles, but like many people it seems, I wnt to put together a PC to run Starcraft 2, random stuff from steam sales and eventually Diablo 3. My laptop runs SC2, but just barely, so I want my desktop to be able to run it at max settings or at least REALLY close to max settings, if my budgit is too low for that feel free to make suggestions!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: a.s.a.p, realistically a week or two.

BUDGET RANGE: 500-600 but if a bit more money would be me a bit step up in performance, futureproof, etc I'm open to ideas and really appreciate your insights.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, HD video playback, diablo 3-proof, surfing, basic image editing, light video editing possibly,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Harddrive, monitor, keyboard, mouse (have basics, will upgrade down the road.)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,,, is local so that's a plus.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Leaning towards an AMD cpu, not sure about the mobbo, thinking an asus 5770.. thoughts? Im not set against intel, just haven't looked at it as much. I should really just leave this open-ended..

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe.. I'd like the option but it's not a dealbreaker. Prefer something easy and safe to OC.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Again, wouldn't mind throwing in another vid card down the road but not a priority. Would be nice to have the option but not a dealbreaker if I can save some cash.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Most likely going to purchase a 24 inch 1920x1080 monitor (not included in price)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not too worried about a fancy case or anything, but I would like quality.

Here's a build I had thrown together, totally on the CHEAP, do you guys think this would do the trick?

AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX255OCGQBOX
BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ($102 on for cpu + mobbo, combo deal)

Patriot Extreme Performance Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PGS24G6400ELK ($73 after rebate)

APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case ($37, free ship)

ASUS Radeon HD 5770 Cu Core 1GB DDR5 PCI-E VGA DVI-I HDMI Video Card (139 after rebate)

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan 80PLUS Power Supply

I think the biggest problem here is the motherboard, but it's so cheap, is this something I could use for now and get a new mobbo for down the road? I put this together the other night but figured I should seek advice from the experts first, comes in under my budget, just wondering it it will do the job or if I'm wasting my money on junk..
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  1. ^ The Tri-Core would be a better option for gaming...
    X3 440/ 445

    And AM2+ board? IMO DDR3/ AM3 is better...else you would have to search for a AM2+ board to go with the DDR2 RAM that you will be left with...
    Or this if you want to have Crossfire


    PSU -
    Dont get that 700W OCZ - not so good performance, get any of these instead...These can power that HD 5770 without any issues...
    If you want Crossfire -



    XFX 650W or CORSAIR HX650W

    G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1600MHZ CL7 7-8-7-24

  3. Is the HD 5770 a good option in the sub $200 price point?
  4. ^ Yes, it is the best option...You can even check out the GTX 460...
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