First Build

Hi this is my first time building a computer and I don't know how to start. I tried researching products but I really don't know what the specs mean.

Basically my laptop is about to die and since I never bring it to school anyways, I decided to just buy a desktop but my friend told me it's better to build my own.

Overall, I'm going to use this build to play games(Starcraft II, Black Ops, Diablo III, etc.), do HW, watch HD videos/movies, play music, burn CDs and everything else a normal desktop can do.

Processor: Intel Core i3 530
Motherboard: ASRock H55DE3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Power Supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC
DVD Burner: LG Black 22X

Something similiar to this since this or stronger. My budget is about $600-$700 but if a cheaper build can do the job, I'm up for it. Thanks for the help guys.

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  1. $600 should get you a nice AMD quad core and a HD 6850. actually. Do you have a monitor? what resolution? do you need a keyboard? Mouse? speakers?
  2. also do you need an OS?
  3. I have a monitor, keyboard, mouse speakers and my college gives out Windows 7 for engineers.
  4. awesome!
  5. Best answer
    in that case look into this:

    AS Rock 870 Extreme 3, a Phenom I X4 955, a HD 6850, 1 TB Hard drive, a cheap DVD burner, sea sonic 620W Power supply, and rosewill destroyer case plus the 4 pack of120mm fans from rosewill (for 7 case fans total). a solid gamer and general purpose machine.

    you can turn the 955 into a 970 by increasing its multplier from 16 to 17.5, and still use the stock fan.
  6. yup..... =D

    Squirrel wins
  7. Thanks for the input. Those on the list are really great but as I checked the prices on newegg, they were at least about $200 over my budget (including the RAM that is not on the list). Maybe a cheaper processor can put me back in my ~$600 budget?
  8. 925, or the tri-core BE, i think it is rana... On phone right now....
  9. the secret with newegg is combos. you can spend HOURS fiddling with and chopping your prices down.
  10. Yup, especially with black friday coming
  11. Best answer selected by jed_averill.
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