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$500 Budget Gaming PC, need advice & suggestions; compatibility?

Last response: in Systems
October 30, 2010 3:18:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:
If all the parts I have listed work, then I will purchase them by tomorrow or Sunday (10/30-10/31). If not, I'm willing to purchase when deals arise. I'm mostly concerned with purchasing too hastily, right before Black Friday deals.

Budget Range:
=<$500-550 after rebates and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1. Gaming (Fallout New Vegas, Fable III, a couple free MMORPGs like Shaiya or Kitsu Saga)
2. Web/graphic design (Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator simultaneously)
3. Web browsing
4. Watching movies
5. General college schoolwork (text documents or computer programming-related related assignments)

Parts Not Required:
Keyboard, mouse, monitor (Dell 17", but if there's a good deal for a 20+" I'm willing to acquire it), speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (most preferred because of free shipping and no tax in California)
edit: (nearest store ~41 miles) (nearest store ~21 miles)

Country of Origin:

Parts Preferences:
I don't have many preferences; I'm willing to try out any brand that's reputable and reliable and/or with a good warranty.


SLI or Crossfire:

Monitor Resolution:
1440x900, but as I've mentioned, if there's a good deal on a 20+" monitor, send those deals my way.

Additional Comments
I'd like a case with a side panel window that's relatively quiet. Thinking about going with an AMD Processor because MicroCenter has a promotion for them at the moment that comes bundled with a motherboard. Do I need a Phenom II X4 or am I good with a Phenom II X2?

Here are parts I'm thinking about getting, but I'm entirely open to other suggestions since I don't know if every part is compatible:
Case: $40 COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-OWN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: Phenom™ II X4 965 Black Edition

Motherboard: MSi 785G-E53 AM3 785G ATX Motherboard

CPU + Motherboard Combo: $170

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR1600C8LV4GK

Power Supply Unit: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM + PSU Combo: $90 ($124.98 - $35 mail-in-rebate)

HDD: Undecided Need/prefer around $50 1TB, unsure about what characteristics I need, i.e. 5400 or 7200 rpm, etc.

Video Card: $135 ($164.99 - $15 sale - $15 mail-in-rebate) SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Optical Drive: Undecided Needs to be under $20
October 30, 2010 4:51:05 AM

IIRC does not tax in cali but newegg does because they're based there. That could be another option to get parts from.
October 30, 2010 5:18:17 AM

Oh! Thanks for the suggestion; I assumed that TigerDirect taxed too and forgot to list them. Blah, everyone's based here.
November 1, 2010 12:50:41 PM

You won't find a good 1TB HDD for around $50 but a good and cheap one is the Spinpoint F3 1TB, which is also highly recommended. Microcenter has it for $59.99 + tax, tigerdirect $64.99, newegg $69.99.

Just grab the cheapest dvd burner tigerdirect has to offer with free shipping if applicable (I'm not sure how tigerdirect runs but newegg usually has a lot of free shipping). Better than having to pay tax on it.

Dont see any great deals on monitors right now but there are a couple 23" ones for $160.