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October 2, 2010 9:45:54 PM

Alright Building an average pc and I'm not hoping to go higher than $750 plus tax and shipping. If any thoughts try to tell me if somethings wrong and or lower the cost somehow.

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

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 II

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5770 Video Card

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October 2, 2010 10:04:41 PM

If your screen resolution is 1920 and you are gaming, you'll be better off with a GTX 460. If budget is tight or resolution is lower, the 5770 is fine.

You can save a few $17 towards it with different memory, same stock spec:

Or get same speed and lower latency for a few bucks less:

Excellent psu, but uou can save a few bucks with this equally excellent psu, 620W Seasonic:

And a few bucks more by stepping down in power, this Corsair 550W is equally excellent & plenty of power for your configuration:

You could build a more responsive system with a faster HD, this Samsung 500GB:

October 2, 2010 10:20:47 PM

First of all I agree with Twoboxer a GTX460 might be a better way to go, even "just" the 768mb version. and as for memory i agree aswell the two options he have linked would propbly be better And as for HDD the spinpoint F3 or Baracuda 12 is better options, the F3 is one of the best HDDs on the marked right now, but the Baracuda isn't far behind so if you can save a fair amount of cash i would go for the Baracuda 12(i use the baracuda 12 myself)

now for my comments

CPU and motherboard looks good, i would take which ever suppliers that had the cheapest motherboard running with AMD 870 chipset and USB 3 if thats asrock, then that is just perfect :) 

Personally i'm not that big a fan of throwing alot of money on a case, i would rather spend the extra cash on something else, if you are planing on overclocking, then a CPU cooler and run with an open sided case. I'll bet alot of other users in here will disagree with me on this :) 

As for the PSU, i'm not sure excatly how that 3 12v rail works, I would assume they stack. If they don't stack you might have trouple getting it to run your GPU as it is recomended that its got 37AMP(50 if CrossFire/SLI) on the 12v rail, where the PSU you suggested is running 22, 22 and 25, i you want CrossFire/SLI go with if don't wanna go CrossFire/SLI, go with Corsair 550VX it will do just fine with a single HD 5770 or Gtx460 and you can save some cash ;) 
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October 2, 2010 11:15:58 PM

Good catch on the shipping. Newegg plays those games, and I missed it.

Understood on the graphics card - the 5770 will give good game.
October 2, 2010 11:34:00 PM

I'm not sure if i get what you mean by not beeing able to get the GTX 460 if your budget is 750$

CPU: 152.99$
Motherboard: 99.99$
GPU: 224.99$
PSU: 59.99$
Memory: 77.99$
ODD: 16.99$
HDD: 54.99$
CASE: 19.99$

Total: 707.92$
now i can't see what shipping is gonna cost you, but if it is over the 42$ you've got left on your 750$ budget, you can switch the GPU with this one stead and save 50$ on the GPU:

That should be all you need or did i miss something?