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$500-700 Basic Gaming Rig with potential for future games...

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August 24, 2010 6:30:24 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Asap
BUDGET RANGE: $500-$700
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (SC2, maybe WOW)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS, might need cheap speakers...
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: None really
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1220 (something 19xx X 12xx, don't remember exact resolution of home monitor)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Wouldn't mind saving some money, but not sure what games I'd be playing in the near future other than SC2.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $21.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $74.99

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support - $229.99

Rosewill RKM-800RF 2.4 GHz Cordless Slim Keyboard and Mouse Combo - $29.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT - $80.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
above 2 combo'd for $139.98

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
above 2 combo'd for $128.98

Total Price after $15 MIR for HD is $706.42 with shipping...trying to decide if I should cut the GPU down a bit or just go with this...the deals on NewEgg for a couple items are only good for another 12 or so hours, any help would be great!

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
August 24, 2010 6:51:38 PM

Not that great. Biostar's pretty much the worst quality boards you can get. Also, that HDD is going to be extremely slow. You could get a much faster Samsung Spinpoint F3 for the same (or less with combos). After that, Coolermaster's PSUs are really low quality as well. Also, the X4 640 isn't a good gaming choice. The X3 440 is just as good, but costs less. Finally, while the 460 is nice, a better choice is the HD 5770. It's a little less powerful, but has a better upgrade path since AMD's boards don't natively support SLI. Here's a better overall build:

CPU/GPU: X3 440 and HD 5770 $198 after rebate
Mobo: ASRock 870 Extreme3 $90
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $93 after promo code
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $85 after rebates
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $18

Total: $559. It's also a good $100 cheaper.

EDIT: Actually, here's one that's a lot better and a little over.

CPU: X3 440 $75
Mobo: ASRock 870 Extreme3 $90
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $93 after promo code
GPU: HD 5850 $270 after rebate
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $85 after rebates
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $18

Total: $706
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August 24, 2010 7:36:14 PM

Wow great info, thank you very much. I'm still debating between the HD 5850 and the 5770. Also looks like the Antec Illusion 300 was such a great deal that it's sold out. Any comparible cases for the price or was that pretty much the best?

I found this combo...which could pair well with another case I think:
]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470601]

What are your thoughts on that power supply? Seems to be pretty good reviews, 700 is probably overkill but the price is right.

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
August 24, 2010 7:44:42 PM

Really, the Coolermaster 690 is pretty good too. I know there's a combo with an optical drive for $73. In fact, it's part of my standard builds. Here's what you'd need to change from the original build:

HDD/PSU: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $135 after rebate
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73

That's also not a bad combo. However, OCZ PSUs aren't the highest quality. They're quite a bit underpowered despite what they say. Generally, I try to avoid them in all but the lowest budget builds. It can be iffy for Crossfiring anything that needs 600W or so. It should be fine with dual 5770s, but it starts being questionable for dual 5850s. For an OCZ unit, 700W is about the lowest I'd go with any hopes of Crossfire down the road. You certainly can't beat OCZ's prices though.
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August 24, 2010 8:07:40 PM

Really bummed I missed out on the original case deal, would have saved $60 just like that. I think I'm going to roll with your suggestions, with the HD 5770 and the coolermaster. This comes up to $631 before mail in rebate, $606 after.

Unless you or anyone else sees/knows about any deals to get that a bit cheaper, or different combos, I think I'm going to pull the trigger today.

Thanks MadAdmiral!
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August 24, 2010 10:11:23 PM

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