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

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October 18, 2010 6:52:48 AM

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.


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

Video Card/CPU combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

Memory/Power Supply combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

total 637.93 plus 55 in rebates

anywho any and all help would be greatly appreciated
a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 7:12:16 AM

Whats your monitor resolution?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 7:13:06 AM

Also what games will you be playing(that matters quite a bit) and do you need an Operating System?
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October 18, 2010 7:20:15 AM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 7:21:22 AM

Ha new old republic. And do you need an operating system?
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October 18, 2010 7:22:18 AM

also i can come by an OS easy enough, so thats not really an issue
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 7:24:50 AM

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.
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October 18, 2010 7:29:43 AM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 7:39:53 AM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 7:41:46 AM

Also one last thing!

on newegg.com 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 newegg.com main page. Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB 7200 RPM Bare Drive.
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October 18, 2010 7:49:49 AM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 7:56:37 AM

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.

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October 18, 2010 7:58:03 AM

great, and thanks again for all the help
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 7:59:23 AM

$613AR
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October 18, 2010 8:17:19 AM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 8:20:01 AM

Just so you know, I ordered that 1 TB HDD myself, that's a smokin' deal.
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October 19, 2010 1:17:54 AM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
October 19, 2010 4:29:11 AM

Its possible but if its like 5400 RPM it will make your new computer feel sluggish.

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