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December 6, 2010 12:49:32 AM

Ok well I tried making a rig a year ago and ran into problems with my motherboard...I lost interest and learned how to reach the internet and game different ways. But since then I've realized I need my own computer and to stop using my moms laptop. I have saved some main parts from my older rig and have no idea what happened to the others. I currently have:

- AMD X3 720 (black edition and whatnot)

- XFX ATI Radeon HD5770

- Windows 7 home premium

EDIT: I have recently found these parts:

- Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200 RPM

- Earthwatts 650 watt model EA-650

- And a DVD/CD RW drive

I have a budget of $550 to put into other parts and I dont think my graphics card is out of date yet (thank god) So please give me suggestions. What Should I update and what CPU cooler, RAM, and mobo should I buy?

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December 6, 2010 2:30:55 AM

^ What case do you have ? And you wont need $550 for just the cooler, RAM and the Mobo, actually you can get 1 more HD 5770 easy with that budget...

Mobo - ASRock 870 Extreme - Had x8x8 Crossfire and is a good board for the money...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
GSKillz 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - Just make sure your case is wide enough
CM Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$185

With another HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total - ~$330
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December 6, 2010 2:32:29 AM

Try this one. not a bad combo, and in your budget $495 after rebate:
- - - - - # Intel Core i5-655K Clarkdale 3.2GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80616I5655K
# GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
# G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
# RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
# OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ700SXS2 700W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
# Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
And add the Hyper 212 Plus for only $15 after rebate.
And you can stick your card in it and sell your other parts, maybe use that money to add some ram and upgrade to a different cpu later down the road.
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December 6, 2010 2:54:47 AM

Thanks suteck but I wanted to Overclock my X3 720 and I don't really want to go through selling everything. @Gkay, Is CPU good enough to handle overclocking? And will the Mobo let me overclock my CPU easliy? My case is a full tower so I'm pretty sure it's big enough. It's Older though so idk it's name.
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December 6, 2010 3:01:34 AM

^ I would suggest you to stick with the X3 720...It is still one of the best budget CPUs IMO and has a lot of potential left in it...
That X3 720 is a Black Edition which means unlocked multiplier - which means easy overclock...With a good cooler like the Hyper and with that board, you can expect say 3.6-3.8GHz overclock without much issues...Also you can try core unlocking ;) 
Which case do you have?
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December 6, 2010 3:16:41 AM

^ The case might fit the Cooler as it is about 8" wide, which is nearly same as the Antec 300(8.1") which fits that cooler fine...

But if the budget allows and if the case is really in a bad condition, then you can look for a different case...
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December 6, 2010 3:27:11 AM

Yeah I guess I should look around, this case has a lot of scratches, and the door on the front got ripped off. I might as well make all this stuff look good as well as perform good.
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December 6, 2010 3:51:52 AM

Ok well thank you for the help, I picked the Antec 300 case. I feel bad wasting 5 80mm fans but I can't find a case that will use all of them. I also grabbed another 5770. Thanks for your help
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December 6, 2010 5:06:10 AM

I picked the HAF 912 and got all the fans for it. I also got some arctic silver 5 thermal compound. Thanks for your help again.
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December 7, 2010 9:14:51 AM

^ How much in total are you spending for the CASE + Fans?? Dont spend much,... Or instead you can get a better case like HAF 922 or NZXT Tempest EVO,...
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December 7, 2010 7:15:29 PM

I don't really know how much I'm spending on case/fans. I'm still just looking around and trying different set ups out. I like that NZXT case, It's cheaper then what I had set up by like $30. I guess I should have said that I'm gonna be gaming at 720p, which is low res apparently. Would crossfired 5770's future proof me for a good amount of time?
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December 8, 2010 2:28:03 AM

^ Well a single 5770 would play nearly all the games maxed out @ your resolution, so I would suggest you save money and stick with 1 for now and later on when you fell it is becoming slow, get another or go with a single powerful card...
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December 8, 2010 4:04:25 AM

Yeah I think that's what I'm going to do. I think I'm going to invest in a speaker set up. Or One of those really nice turtle beach headsets. Thank you, you really helped.
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December 8, 2010 4:04:58 AM

Best answer selected by Zeph94.
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December 8, 2010 4:05:17 PM

I probably will crossfire at some point in time so I think Im gonna stick with the ASRock Board. Also looking at reviews for that Gigabyte make it seem a bit flaky. The board I bought when I first tried building a computer was a gigabyte and they put a chip right next to a screw hole so if you tightend at all you would break it. I don't like gigabyte lol.
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