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Budget $700-(Gaming PC)

Approximate Purchase Date: The sooner the better.
Budget Range:700~ before rebate
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies
Parts Not Required: Only the mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: N/A
Overclocking: Maybe unlocking the 4th core in the cpu in my build
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900 for the moniter in my build.

I am planning to build a pc the first time so I can play better games. (League of Legends). Maximum setting is not needed. I can live with playing games on medium settings.
I had been looking up online for a few days and I came up with this build:

Case: Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply $69.95 after promotion code.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065

Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

CPU:AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX. Will unlock 4th core. $73.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

Graphics card:SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $119.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102865

Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Monitor:Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built-in Speakers $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254023

keyboard: Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard $11:99

Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99

I plan to unlock the 4th core of the cpu. Is it hard to do? Do I need to get a cooler if I do?
Are the parts compatible with each other?
For the hard drive, I read some reviews about not including a sata cable, so do I have to buy one myself?
Also, this build cost about 730, and I would like to decrease it to 700- if possible.
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  1. GPU: SAPPHIRE 5770 1Gb (119$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873

    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) (52$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190

    WIN 7 + MOBO: (149$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.552599

    HDD: Samsung F4 320Gb (42$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152244

    Deduction: 55$

    Better GPU, Better Mobo. Another HDD can be bought later if above one gets filled. Not much difference btw Rams, so can save some $$$.
  2. For 700$

    Cpu:AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872
    74$

    Mobo:ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ( SLi and Crossfire Capable)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198R
    75$

    Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092
    50$

    HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    55$

    Monitor:Acer G215HAbd-1 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 50,000:1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009275
    130$

    Optical Drive:ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    20$

    Case and Psu:Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065
    70$

    Gpu:MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127519
    145$ AR

    OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
    100$

    Keyboard:Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201038
    12$

    Total 731$
  3. Thanks for the advice, really helped me saved some money. Think about it, I didn't even use more than 40gb in my laptop in a year.
  4. That mobo is DDR2 not DDR3.
  5. mosox said:
    That mobo is DDR2 not DDR3.


    Does that mean DDR3 rams aren't compatible?
  6. yes DDR3 Rams are not compatitible in ddr2 mobos
  7. @Niub Sorry my bad i overlooked ddr2 in that mobo.

    Alternative Combo: (Win7+Mobo) 149$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.552638

    Same pricing as i listed in my 1st post.
  8. mianmars said:
    @Niub Sorry my bad i overlooked ddr2 in that mobo.

    Alternative Combo: (Win7+Mobo) 149$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.552638

    Same pricing as i listed in my 1st post.


    No problem, the new combo is great, but I am wondering if it works with my CPU.
    I saw this model number: ADX445WFK32GM in the CPU support list in biostar's site, but that's not my CPU's model number, then I did some research and found that the model number of my CPU is sometimes written inside a parenthesis after ADX445WFK32GM. Does this mean they are the same thing??

    EX: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AMD-Athlon%20II%20X3%20445%20-%20ADX445WFK32GM%20%28ADX445WFGMBOX%29.html

    The Biostar Mobo's Memory Standard is 800/1066/1333, while the Asrock mobo in my build is only 1600. Is there any difference?

    Also, what is the advantage/disadvantage of having an integrated card? Would it be useless if I am buying another one.
  9. Best answer
    ^^ According to Biostar CPU support list, the Athlon II X3 445 is fully compatible with it. http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/cpu_support.php?S_ID=492
    If u still are unsure then search x3 in the mobo comments at newegg here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872 and u will see many comments of user who r u using the exact same CPU with it and one of them have already unlocked the 4th core easily. As in the cpu-world link u posted ADX445WFK32GM is the cpu part number and ADX445WFGMBOX is the box part number so its the same cpu on newegg.

    About the Ram speed, you are gona buy a 1333Mhz model so u dont need the 1600Mhz range in the mobo. 1600Mhz is a bit faster but u wont see any big difference.

    On board graphics are available on all low end boards cause one might not have a GPU card. This is a plus point in your case cause if God forbids ur GPU have some problems & u RMA it then at least you can still run your system without it and not be strangled waiting for it being fixed etc.
  10. Last compatibility check on my build before I order it.

    MOBO + system COMBO:
    BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD MOBO + Win 7

    Case with PSU:
    Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W PSU

    CPU:
    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX

    GPU:
    SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Hard Drive:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    CD/DVD :
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    MEMORY:
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ

    keyboard:
    Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard


    Moniter: someone's giving me one XD

    Am I missing anything, and is everything compatible (Mobo and ram)?

    Thanks for all the help so far.
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