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November 5, 2010 10:06:36 PM

Hi all,
I'm about to build my first computer. My budget is around 600 USD, and am thinking about using these parts:

Antec 300 case:
Rosewill 600W power supply:
GIGABYTE GA-880GA Motherboard:
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz:
Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3:
LITE-ON DVD writer:
Rosewill RCX-Z1 CPU Cooler:
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB:
XFX Radeon HD 5750 1GB:

Am I missing anything? Are all of these compatible? Should I replace something with something else?

Sorry for all the questions, but i don't want too much trouble on my first build.
Thanks in advance.

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2010 10:48:50 PM

I'd definitely spend the little extra and step up to the 5770. There's very little difference in the price, yet a big performance difference.

Another board to check out is the ASRock 870 Extreme 3. It's roughly the same price as the board you picked, but you'll be able to Crossfire later on. If you don't want the ability to Crossfire, grab the ASRock 770 Extreme3 and save a little bit.

Rosewill PSUs aren't the best. I'd look at some units from Corsair, Antec, XFX, SeaSonic and Silverstone. If you want to Crossfire, look at the 650W units. If you don't 450-500W would be enough.

The Antec 300 is a nice case, but there are better ones. The Antec 300 Illusion is generally a better deal (extra fans for not much more money). However, since I went higher on the above parts, I'll go cheaper here. Check out the Rosewill Destroyer or Rosewill Challenger.

That HDD is going to be really slow. Either spend a little more on the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB (or 1 TB, it's sometimes the same price) or about the same on the Samsung Spinpoint F4 320 GB. The F4 is faster than the F3, but I prefer the F3 for the value.

You can drop out that HSF. A $15 one isn't going to do much better than stock. If you're really looking to overclock right away, go for the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus. It's easily the best budget HSF out there. I certainly wouldn't recommend getting anything cheaper than it.

Finally, get the cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find. There is literally no difference in them, so there's no reason to get a more expensive one. You can find some for under $20. I've seen them free in combos before.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2010 11:14:43 PM

This may not look as cool, but for $10 more you could have a GTX 460: ASUS ENGTX460. This card will blow the 5750 away.

Here is a bigger faster better HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB. Yip, it is $10 more, too.

OK, so where are you going to save? Check this case out: Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower for $45. That saves you $15.

Did you notice your memory is out of stock? No matter, this stuff is faster and $5 cheaper:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

Now on to the cooler: That is not something to write your Mom about. I am assuming here you do not intend to overclock. It will probably suffice for unlocking the 4th core, but that is about it. If you want to get some performance out of this rig, you are going to have to put some more cash here. Unfortunately that will blow your budget, but not that bad. Pick this: ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa or this: GELID Solutions Tranquillo . Both are for $40.

OK MadAdmiral, you beat me to it yet again!!!! I selected the two cooler choices because they are a little bit smaller than the Cooler master 212+, and have a better chance of fitting into the case.
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November 6, 2010 4:14:00 AM

Thanks for the replies
I'm going to use the Rosewill Destroyer black ATX case, the samsung f4 320gb (if i need more hd space, i can easily buy another), the gskill memory, and an antec 650w PSU.

My new list is:

Rosewill Destroyer case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 650W power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 extreme3 Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GSkill 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung DVD writer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F4 320GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CoolerMaster hyper 212 plus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, which one is better? the asus geforce gtx 460 or the sapphire radeon hd 5770?
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November 6, 2010 4:29:41 AM

This adds up to about $616 shipped
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November 6, 2010 6:26:10 AM

i would recomend the ATI as it is an AMD based system, though Nvidia would work as well

and i can back that RAM i use it my system and its awesome.

i liked the other motherboard that you picked out b4 the asrock, i have a gigabyte and they own very good at overclocking then again i have never owned an asrock and they could be quite good.

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2010 12:54:54 PM

The GTX 460 is slightly more powerful than the 5770. However, since you're going to need to use an AMD CPU, you will not be able to add a second 460 in SLI down the road. So you'd have no upgrade path. Neither card is powerful enough to play really well at 1920x1080 resolutions (which should be what you're ultimately aiming for), so the ability to add the second card is almost a necessity. I'd definitely go with the 5770.

Don't forget to use the promo code on the PSU and case. That'll save another $12.
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November 6, 2010 7:49:23 PM

OK, I'll go with the 5770.
Is the CoolerMaster hyper 212 good enough to unlock the 4th core and overclock?
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November 6, 2010 11:51:39 PM

A little off topic, but, where is the best place to sell pc's? (custom ones)
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2010 1:02:44 AM

The Hyper 212+ is one of the best budget coolers around. It will easily allow for unlocking and overclocking.

As for where is the best place to sell PCs, it kind of depends. I'd say Craigslist or eBay would be ideal.
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