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First time building pc help and recommendations needed please

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September 8, 2010 12:14:03 AM

Hey, I'm 16 and going to be building my first pc. I have around $600 to spend but the less I spend the better. I will be using this pc for web browsing, gaming, skyping, watching movies/videos, and some online gaming with friends. I am going to be hooking it up to my 32 inch 720p TV. Some sites I prefer are newegg, tigerdirect, frys, and especially microcenter since I live anout 30min away. I am hoping on starting to buy and order all the parts this weekend. I have never overclocked before but I might but most likely won't though.

So far here is what i was thinking on parts wise.

cpu- intel i5 760 $170

motherboard- ECS P55H-CM (V1.0) Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, USB, SATA, Micro ATX, DDR3 or
MSI P55M-GD41 Intel P55 1156 i5 i7 Motherboard both $50
i don't know much about mother boards. Are these 2 motherboards good?

graphics card- Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 1024MB GDDR5 pci-e 2.0x16

ram- Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ 3DMark Vantage Model PVV34G1600LLKB $65

case- could use some advice on picking cases here are some I was looking at Antec Two Hundred ATX Midtower Case,
Antec Three Hundred Silver Steel ATX Case,
Cooler Master Storm Scout Mid-Tower ATX PC Case,
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case,
Thermaltake V4 Black Edition VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Gaming Chassis
hoping to spend $15-$50 on case

Power supply- i have no idea about power supplies and what I would need for this set up or something like it

These are just ideas of what i thought sounded good. I would love to hear your suggestions and thoughts since I hardly know anything about building a computer.
September 8, 2010 12:19:49 AM

720P? Step it down to an Athlon ii X4+ATI 5770. That will handle that resolution fine maxed.

Do you have links to the specific parts you're thinking about?

September 8, 2010 12:30:10 AM

sp12 said:
720P? Step it down to an Athlon ii X4+ATI 5770. That will handle that resolution fine maxed.

Do you have links to the specific parts you're thinking about?

720p as in the tv screen resolution of 1280×720. So you really think I should go with Athlon ii X4+ATI 5770? Yes I have the links but how to you link them to a selected words? I tried the link url button at the top but I was confused about that.
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September 8, 2010 12:42:08 AM

To turn words into a link do the following:

Before the word type: {url=link goes here}Type the word(s){/url}
In that line, { should be [, and } should be ], to get it to work.
September 8, 2010 12:47:21 AM

Yeah, that's really low for PCs. You could just post them, no need to hyperlink them to text.

1764000 vs 921600 pixels for the 1680 benchmarks vs. what you're going to play on. Double the framerates you see for 1680. The 5770 is able to push every game out there maxed with 4xAA at that resolution.

Athlon 635 X4 100$
4GB DDR3 80$
Asrock 880g extreme 3 110$ (or comparable)
Haf 912 or Antec 300 illusion 60$
Generic litescribe optical drive 20$
Corsair 550 watt 50$
Samsung f3 1TB 75$
Radeon 5770 130$

~625, and I didn't even bother to check for combo deals. Microcenter probably has a lot of these components for less.
September 8, 2010 1:05:27 AM

Extremely low res...

You won't need a high end system AT ALL to do anything at that res..
I would atleast go for a phenom ii x4, don't step to athlon unless you HAVE to

cheap motherboard with crossfirex capabilities USB3 and SATAIII

a 5770

Nice cheap 500W modular power supply

HAF 912 fo sho

4 GB ddr3 1600mhz/1333mhz/1066 from g.skill (c8/c7 preferred)
September 8, 2010 1:06:05 AM

Microcenter has the newer 640 for $106 right now. And you can get this motherboard for free:

But that MB might not be worth it. The other parts are about the same or cheaper at newegg. Microcenter is the best for intel chips. But that is neither here nor there.

Microcenter has the 955 for $146 and the 965 for $166, Just FYI - and I think you can get a (the) free MB with purchase.
September 8, 2010 3:37:19 AM

Thanks for all the recomendations guys. But would it be worth it to go with the i5 760 + MB for $45 more than the phenom ii X4 + MB? Everyone really seems to like the Redon 5000 series graphics cards. What about 2 geforce gt 240 512mb in SLI? I can get them for $40 each. Or I could also get geforce gtx 460 1gb for $175 it looked like it was a top of the line graphics card.