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First time builder, budget gaming build please advise!

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August 16, 2010 4:22:48 PM

Hello All,

This will be my first time putting a complete system together from the case up, so I am a little nervous about finalizing my order on newegg. I am looking to spend between $700.00 and $750.00US after rebates; and I think that I have pieced together a pretty solid build. I don't need a keyboard, mouse, or monitor, and intend to primarily use the system to play WoW, SC2, and Diablo III. With all of this in mind, does my proposed build seem viable, and is it a reasonably sound "bang/buck" kit?


CPU&MoBo combo:

PSU&HDD combo:





I do intend to attempt to unlock and OC the CPU after I have read up on it a bit more, and feel pretty confident in my abilities to pull it off. I also plan to crossfire another HD5770 in the future if I need more "Oomph," graphically speaking. Thanks in advance!
August 16, 2010 5:29:40 PM

Oh wonderful, thanks for pointing that out! Should I then upgrade to a phenom ii x4 and scrap the HSF and OC? I found this combo which is $25.00 more than my old mobo/cpu combo, but if I don't need the HSF, it will save me a few dollars. Any recommendations?
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August 16, 2010 5:33:38 PM

well if you aren't overclocking you don't need a HSF but if you are, get this-

its out of stock ATM sadly :( 

or if you are doing a mild overclock go with something like this -

and for a med-high overclock in a good budget.. something like this would do -

or if you want to waste money go with this :D
August 16, 2010 5:37:10 PM

that build is very good, but i would change some things...

cpu:rana 440

mobo: ga-880gma-ud2h

hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb

gpu: gtx 460 (for blizzard games nvidia is a lot better)

hsf: cooler master hyper 212 plus (just get a hsf if u are going to overclock)

with all those changes ur build is done and its a great build :) 
August 16, 2010 6:01:32 PM

With the great news that I can save a lot on the motherboard, I have decided to try to incorporate the phenom II x4 965 and not worry with OC, thus eliminating the cost of a HSF. I found a couple great combos for the EVO mobo and phenom ii x4 965, but I am having difficulty incorporating the gtx 460 GPU in without breaking my budget. Is it going to make enough of a difference over the HD5770 to warrant sacrificing my CPU speed? Thanks again for all of your input!
August 16, 2010 6:04:17 PM

gpu is more important than the cpu.... rana 440 with gtx460 is the best u can do
August 16, 2010 6:08:17 PM

Alright, thank you so much! :D