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December 4, 2010 10:41:22 PM

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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December 5, 2010 12:00:15 AM

GPU: SAPPHIRE 5770 1Gb (119$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) (52$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WIN 7 + MOBO: (149$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD: Samsung F4 320Gb (42$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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 $$$.
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December 5, 2010 12:51:44 AM

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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
145$ AR

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
100$

Keyboard:Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
12$

Total 731$






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December 5, 2010 1:37:27 AM

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.
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December 5, 2010 1:37:49 AM

ASRock M3A770DE AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Athlon II X3 445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sony Optiarc Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
APPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Three Hundred + BP430 + Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Acer G215HAbd-1 Black 21.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$703.86
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December 5, 2010 1:49:01 AM

nvm
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December 5, 2010 2:05:33 AM

That mobo is DDR2 not DDR3.
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December 5, 2010 2:13:26 AM

mosox said:
That mobo is DDR2 not DDR3.


Does that mean DDR3 rams aren't compatible?
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December 5, 2010 2:58:49 AM

yes DDR3 Rams are not compatitible in ddr2 mobos
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December 5, 2010 3:29:06 PM

mianmars said:
@Niub Sorry my bad i overlooked ddr2 in that mobo.

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

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.

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December 5, 2010 4:10:04 PM

^^ 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_I...
If u still are unsure then search x3 in the mobo comments at newegg here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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.
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December 5, 2010 8:59:46 PM

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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December 6, 2010 3:54:38 AM

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December 6, 2010 12:29:30 PM

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