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October 13, 2010 7:01:51 PM

Making my own gaming computer(budget) for the first time... don't really know too much but have a general understanding.
Here's what I was thinking about getting...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor

Does this seem like a decent build for a budget gaming comp.? And will all this be compatible? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2010 7:12:00 PM

Compatible: Yes. Good: Not so much.

First thing I'd do is ditch the OCZ PSU. They're really not that great. I'd step it up to a Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, SeaSonic or XFX 650W unit to ensure a quality unit with room to grow into.

Second, find a less expensive case. I highly recommend the Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster 690, Coolermaster Centurion 5 and Rosewill Challenger (or other Rosewill). That'll save you a good deal of money and not cost you any quality or performance.

Third, consider dropping the CPU down a notch or two. At least drop it to the X4 955. The 965 is a factory overclocked 955, so there is no reason to pay more for it. You can get the same speeds with a little tweaking of the BIOS. I'd also highly recommend dropping all the way down to an X3 440 (or 445). That CPU is powerful enough for gaming right now, and saves you enough to upgrade the more important GPU.

Fourth, ditch the WD HDD. It's slower than other similarly priced drives. Check out the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB. It'll be faster, quieter and run cooler. It should be cheaper too, but I'm not 100% sure.

Fifth, get a current board. You really shouldn't be getting a board without USB3/SATA III now days. Also, a Crossfire enabled board would offer a very cheap upgrade path. I recommend the ASRock 870 Extreme3 or Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 as good quality, cheap, upgrade friendly boards.

Sixth, check out some other sets of RAM. Corsair sticks are generally overpriced. These G.Skill Eco 1600 mhz CL 7 sticks are cheap and high quality.

Finally, and this is more a wish, try to get an HD 5850 (or wait for the 6xxx series). The 5770 will struggle with some games at 1080p, but the 5850 will be vastly better. You might not be able to fit it in budget, but it doesn't hurt to look.
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October 13, 2010 7:24:03 PM

As far as gaming goes do you think the build that I posted would suffice? I'm not lookin for extreme high end gaming, jsut wanna be able to play all the games without having to worry about my system not being able to handle it. And thanks for the suggestions I'm gna look into those asap
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October 13, 2010 7:30:56 PM

if not looking for extreme gaming and playing games on full resolution with high details, ur config is v. fyn..

one thing is that i always suggest to buy core i series instaed of amd.. completely ur choice otherwise the system is good
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2010 7:39:14 PM

I mostly agree with MadAdmiral, although the Gigabyte mobo he listed is Open Box. I'd avoid that, as it may be missing things, including the back plate, driver CD, and/or cables.
Another GPU to consider is the 1GB GTX460. It is superior to the HD5770. The only downside to it is that you cannot run a pair of them on a Crossfire motherboard, but that is probably a non-issue.
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October 13, 2010 8:05:26 PM

ok, thanx for the insight all!
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October 13, 2010 8:19:40 PM

one more thing...
anyone know if this build would be able to play FF14 decently or even with high graphics settings? i've heard ppl having trouble playing it with decent systems
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2010 10:03:20 PM

Hmm... Apparently, Newegg doesn't carry the GA-790XTA-UD4 retail anymore. I didn't even notice it was open box.

As for the Core i suggestion, that's a horrible idea. You'll spend a good $100+ more, get equivalent performance with no upgrade path (the LGA1156 and LGA1366 sockets are to be replaced within a few months).

I will say if all you want to do is play FF14, the build you posted would be fine. However, if you wanted to branch out, it won't be enough and will leave no way to upgrade cheaply. I would definitely make the changes I mentioned for the PSU and board to ensure you have potential to upgrade. If that goes out of budget, the case and CPU "downgrades" would easily out weigh the costs. The change for the HDD is an obvious choice because you're getting an all around better part for less.
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October 14, 2010 1:51:17 AM

Ok, thank u very much! I appreciate it!
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October 14, 2010 2:49:06 AM

I have the same motherboard, awesome low budget board. Secong get 1333 ram. I have G-Skill Ripjaws 1600mhz PC3-12800. I would try a jump up though on the board, at least a 870 chipset. But looks good.

My specs:
Phenom II X3 740 BE
board M4A77TD
Zalman 9700 cpu fan
Asus cd/dvd sata drive w/ lightscribe
WD 500GB HDD Sata
OCZ Stealth X Stream 700 W PSU
Gigabyte ATI 4670 HD Radeon 1gb 128bit
Apevia X-Navigator Fullt Tower
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 14, 2010 11:53:00 AM

i think that 1 5850 is better then 2 5770 cuz some games does not suport cross fire
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
October 14, 2010 12:25:51 PM

Most games do support Crossfire. The ones that don't won't need that much power to begin with.

Regardless, if the choice was to start a build with dual 5770s or a single 5850 (it's not really in this case, as both are likely out of budget), I'd take the single 5850 too. It's powerful enough for gaming right now and doesn't waste an upgrade path. However, if the long-run choice was between the two, I'd take the dual 5770s.
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