First build, wildly mediocre gaming rig. admitted hardware noob.

as the title suggests this is my first build, i am on a budget, and the rig will be primarily for gaming as well as some media editing

Approximate Purchase Date: between now and nov 10

Budget Range: no more than 650 bucks after rebates, the cheaper the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, media editing, regular usage

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, audio, optical drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: by brand or type:

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: probably not

anwho here is what i mashed together.


Video Card/CPU combo

Case/MoBo combo

Memory/Power Supply combo

total 637.93 plus 55 in rebates

anywho any and all help would be greatly appreciated
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  1. Whats your monitor resolution?
  2. Also what games will you be playing(that matters quite a bit) and do you need an Operating System?
  3. its a 19in monitor, i believe the resolution is 1440x900

    and ill be playing FF14 mostly as well as some CoD, and the new old republic when it releases
  4. Ha new old republic. And do you need an operating system?
  5. also i can come by an OS easy enough, so thats not really an issue
  6. Honestly what you've "mashed together" is a pretty sound system for your budget range.

    @ 1440x900 that 5770 will be pretty awesome. Great processor, good memory and the PSU is balanced for the build. Just realize the PSU will be underpowered if you ever wish to add a 2nd Graphics Card.
  7. awesome, i tried to do a decent amount of research before spammed a help me build a computer thread

    also ive read that there may be price drops coming in the next few weeks on the radeon video cards. would it be worth waiting a couple weeks to order for a better deal?

    oh and thanks for your help
  8. Well there's a few factors to consider. For one the 6000 series Radeon cards are coming out. I don't think you'll see a price drop of the 5000 series cards directly from that for a few months.

    But nVidia might get threatened by the 6000 release by AMD, and drop their prices to try to retain some of their market segment. In turn AMD might hack their 5000 series to stay competitive.

    It's possible the price will drop but, it's hard to really know for sure.

    I believe the 6000 series will release in mid November.
  9. Also one last thing!

    on RIGHT NOW there is a 1TB 7200 RPM drive for 54.99 with free shipping. It's a quality drive and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting it now if you have the money available at least for the drive.

    The sale literally popped up 30 minutes ago. And it expires in 9 hours.

    For reference it's the Shell Shocket on the main page. Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB 7200 RPM Bare Drive.
  10. thanks, greatly appreciated will definately be snagging that.

    one more question... is this rig something i would be able to experiment with overclocking with, or would that not be wise without upgrading the PSU/cooling options
  11. The PSU is fine for OCing, but the stock HSF won't give alot of thermal headroom for it.

    In my case I found I could reach about 3.5-3.6GHz while staying below the 60C maximum temp for the CPU.

    If you've never tinkered with OCing, you picked a good chip as the unlocked multiplier makes learning OC really quite easy.
  12. great, and thanks again for all the help
  13. $613AR
  14. If you want to OC, consider this for $30: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
  15. good to know, i wasnt sure if the case i selected would really aid with elevated temps, but it didnt seem like it could hurt, even if it is a little flashy
  16. Just so you know, I ordered that 1 TB HDD myself, that's a smokin' deal.
  17. i have another question, my current pc has a 250 gig hard drive, however it is 3 years old, is it possible/logical to use this in my new build
  18. Its possible but if its like 5400 RPM it will make your new computer feel sluggish.
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