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My first time building a computer. Gaming <650$

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August 29, 2010 11:35:04 PM

So far this is what I have for about 600$ and looks like a beast system with a bit of tinkering.

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 60$

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

Mobo: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 90$

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

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX 90$

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

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity 133$ (combo deal with the CPU)

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

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 93$

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

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 55$

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

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply 70$ (combo with the Case)

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

Total 604$

Now for a couple of questions. I have been researching a few hours a day for the past week, but this is my first time building a computer. (Thankfully I have a few experienced friends to help with the actual assembly). I already have a monitor/mouse/keyboard/speakers/OS... am I missing anything lol?

I plan to Unlock the other 2 cores on the Phenom II x2 CPU, there seems to be a pretty high success rate. Assuming I can unlock the other 2 cores will I need a new cooling system for the processor? Also assuming the cores are defective and I have to stick with 2 cores will the processor still be able to play most games in the immediate future?

The only upgrade I plan on making in the future is to crossfire another 5770 if the need arises, that is why the PSU is 750W.

Any thoughts on how to get more bang for the buck or if any of these parts really suck would be helpful. I plan on purchasing all of this in <1 week.

I based the performance of this system on what could play FFXIV at medium settings with decent fps.

Also if anyone knows what the general % chance of unlocking with this processor/Mobo combo that would be great.

EDIT: I have a really old Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor, not sure how this will affect anything. My monitors max resolution is 1280x1024.

Edit: Fixed links haha sorry.
August 29, 2010 11:53:53 PM

The only things I have to say are, get this combo:
Antec Three Hundred & Antec Earthwatts EA750 As to me, it looks like it comes out cheaper.

And it would be nice if your links were clickable.

You should be fine on stock cooling, unless you're planning on overclocking quite a lot as well.
August 29, 2010 11:54:49 PM

Wow nice work. You've certainly done your research.

The only thing I was going to ask about was your big PSU and then BAM you had already answered it. :)  Thats a preety good choice of PSU to give you a bit of room with your Crossfired cards.

I think that processor is a pretty good deal for $90. I'm not sure if extra cooling is needed when you unlock but I would still get one either way. You could have a search to check if a new HSF is required for unlocking if no one else says. I would suggest the CM Hyper 212+ if your getting one.

I think you have done very well. Its looks like a pretty nice build and I have nothing else to say. Hope that helps and Good luck!

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August 30, 2010 12:10:57 AM

Silvune said:
The only things I have to say are, get this combo:
Antec Three Hundred & Antec Earthwatts EA750 As to me, it looks like it comes out cheaper.

And it would be nice if your links were clickable.

You should be fine on stock cooling, unless you're planning on overclocking quite a lot as well.


Thanks for catching that deal! Saved me 10$ and got another 100w on my PSU ;) 
August 30, 2010 3:43:55 AM

Psst...where's your disk drive? :D 

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

Hard Drive: [same]

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

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

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

Case + Motherboard combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU + Cooler combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Comes out as $667 after rebates. $17 dollars over, but that $17 gave you a much better video card plus a cooler!
August 30, 2010 12:10:42 PM

Heads up that the Hyper 212 Plus is not worth $50, so only get it from newegg if you get it in a deal where more than $10 is saved on it.
August 30, 2010 12:35:19 PM



Rana x3 445 and biostar 770 e3 combo, $110.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Zotec Geforce GTX 460 w/ free Starcraft Trial and Free copy of Just Cause 2: $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Rosewill Challenger case and Windows 7 Home: 134.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Spinpoint F3 500GB and OCZ 550W Fatal1ty: $99.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4 GB DDR3 1333 RAM: 77.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITEON 22x DVD burner: $17.99


$661.91 plus shipping.

to drop under 650, you could get the 768MB version which is $189, and still has a combo for 2 free games. which make it $631.91.
August 30, 2010 5:50:27 PM

I don't know why people keep recommending the OCZ 550W Fatal1ty. The 750W version is good, but that one is made by Highpower and the 550W one is made by Sirtech and I've haven't seen a good review of it yet.
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