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September 2, 2010 12:23:24 AM

I am building a new desktop and I have some parts picked out. Now I am just wanting more opinions on it because I am not very seasoned at this aspect of computers.

It will be a frequent gaming system (sc2, diablo 3 mainly but want to be able to do others if i feel like it), HD movie watching a lot, internet and flash, other odd things that take about normal processing power.

Dont have a lot of money to spend on it, hoping to stay under $600. Already have 1920x1080 monitor, keyboard/mouse, and HDD, will be using Win 7 64bit probably unless I should use 32?

Case:
HAF 922

Power Supply:
Rosewill RV2-700 700W

Motherboard:
MSI 870A-G54

Graphics:
Radeon HD 5770

Processor: (I chose this cpu because of its unlock/overclock potential even though I know you shouldnt pick one expecting to unlock the cores. Just doing it because of the potential to $$ factor)
AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE

Memory:
A-DATA 4GB DDR3 1600

How does this stuff look? Where should I change?
If you find any combos or coupons etc let me know what would be better than what I have.

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September 2, 2010 12:42:13 AM

I'm assuming you know about the combo with your motherboard and processor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


That's some really expensive ram with respect to the rest of your build.

You really don't need a 700W power supply for an HD 5770 build. I would invest in a higher quality, lower output PSU. There aren't many good PSU combos right now, but this is the best I could find. XFX XXX 650W PSU and 4GB G.SKILL DDR3 1600 CL9 for $156.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This XFX power supply is modular and is much more efficient than that Rosewill one.
September 2, 2010 1:07:11 AM

Or an OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W PSU and 4GB of OCZ DDR3 1600 CL8 for $105 after many rebates (I've never had any trouble with OCZ rebates for what it's worth). OCZ PSUs don't have as good of a reputation as some others, but the 600W ModXStream is pretty well built. It's much better than that Rosewill PSU (modular cables, almost qualifies for 80 PLUS bronze, nice big heatsinks on the inside).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


That comes to $560 by my count including shipping and rebates. Oh, and you should definitely be using 64-bit Windows.
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September 2, 2010 2:09:30 AM

wielander said:
I'm assuming you know about the combo with your motherboard and processor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


That's some really expensive ram with respect to the rest of your build.

You really don't need a 700W power supply for an HD 5770 build. I would invest in a higher quality, lower output PSU. There aren't many good PSU combos right now, but this is the best I could find. XFX XXX 650W PSU and 4GB G.SKILL DDR3 1600 CL9 for $156.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This XFX power supply is modular and is much more efficient than that Rosewill one.


I actually didnt know about that MB/CPU combo. That works out better because that is the X4, I had the X2 555. So if i can get a guaranteed quad then thats much better. I also switched out to your suggestions with the ocz power/ram. Seems like a good system now, how will it perform my tasks? This should be a pretty above average system right, for light games and processing?
September 2, 2010 4:27:35 AM

Now I'm wondering whether I should get a HDD with better RPM....hmm
September 3, 2010 11:55:06 PM

How does this system that i built

price is 531 after coupons

compare to this deal?

1. Cooler Master RC-692-KKN3 :$69.99
2. ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO :$99.99
3. Cooler Master RS-600-AMBA-D3 :$69.99
4. AMD HDZ955FBGMBOX :$149.99
5. Patriot Memory PGV34G1333ELK :$89.99
6. Seagate ST3500418AS :$54.99

* Combined Total:$534.94
* Combo Discounts:-$79.95
* Combo Price:$454.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
September 4, 2010 1:37:24 AM

1. Cooler Master RC-692-KKN3 :$69.99

This case is a step down from the HAF 922. It's still a good case, though. You could lower the price of the other build by $30 if you went with this case instead.

2. ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO :$99.99

This is a nice motherboard, but it's from the last generation. It doesn't have USB 3.0 or SATA III, but you could add some USB 3.0 ports with an add-on PCI-E card later.

3. Cooler Master RS-600-AMBA-D3 :$69.99

This power supply is a step up from the OCZ one. The features are the same all around, but it's somewhat better built.

4. AMD HDZ955FBGMBOX :$149.99

Same.

5. Patriot Memory PGV34G1333ELK :$89.99

This is a good, high quality set of memory. It is slower in speed and higher in latency than the OCZ memory I linked. I doubt you would notice the difference in memory performance, though.

6. Seagate ST3500418AS :$54.99

Obviously the hard drive is smaller. It will run a little slower as well because the platters are less dense.


Overall it is a very good deal. I don't think you would notice any of the differences except for the case, motherboard, and hard drive.

You could get a

Better motherboard (also without USB 3.0 or SATA III) comboed with the OCZ ModXStream 600W power supply for $99 with the promo code MBTEN92.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Phenom 955 comboed with 4GB of lower latency (CL7) DDR3 1333 for $215.

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


Add that Cooler Master RC-692-KKN3 case for $70.

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


That hitachi Deskstar 1TB for $50 is awesome.

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


That comes to $434 (including shipping and rebates) with a better motherboard, good enough power supply, better ram, and better hard drive.
September 4, 2010 4:35:42 AM

Thanks a lot for the help so far Wielander!

ok lets try another revision. These all seem like the "goods". Picking based on some of the recommendations you made, but now there is no bundle savings. Anyone see any bundles for this stuff. Or comparables? Or am I really going to notice any difference in the 2 builds. I really like the ASUS MB because it has integrated gpu which would be useful since im gonna wait for a good deal on the 5770 and if i had the integrated graphics i could use the system until then. soooo newest build

New Build $595


Previous Build $531
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