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My First Gaming Build Need Help!!

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December 7, 2010 6:26:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: By Christmas

Budget Range: $800 hopefully less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, mostly gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, want to buy a bigger better monitor at a later date.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter. I heard AMD is cheaper so I went that route.

Overclocking: Maybe, My first build so IDK yet

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe in the future if I need too

Monitor Resolution:1024x768 but would like to upgrade in future

Additional Comments: This is my first build. I want to play games on it without any problems. Here are the parts I'm thinking about getting. I don't know much so let me know your thoughts. Let me know if I need to upgrade or downgrade. The total is already $749 and I still would need to buy OS that would a $100 more. So I would like to keep it at this price or lower. Is it possible to play games at high on this built. Thanks


CASE- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:Nine Hundred
Item #:N82E16811129021
$99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo- ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:M4A88T-V EVO/USB3
Item #:N82E16813131668
$99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:R5770 Hawk
Item #:N82E16814127490
$165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply- CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Model #:CMPSU-650TX
Item #:N82E16817139005
$90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
$160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
$60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HardDrive- Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5000AVDS
Item #:N82E16822136497
$55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Drive- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
$20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Let me know if I missing something and again Thanks for the Help i appreciate it.

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December 7, 2010 8:05:09 PM

NICE build. for your resolution 1024x768

this build should be able to play anythign out there and leave you room to only have to upgrade the video card possibly once you get your new monitor. IE the cpu is powerful enough that putting a better card in later won't likely ause it to be cpu bottlenecked :D 

good build
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December 7, 2010 8:11:47 PM

Here's 1 possible build.

optical
Sony $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
Asrock 870 EXTREME3 AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
Corsair XMS3 $50 after promo code EMCZNYV53, $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Phenom II x4 955 BE $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU/GPU
XFX HD 5850 and XFX 705w BE $315 w/ $60 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/OS
CM 690II advanced and win 7 64bit premium $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Comes to $800.71 after shipping and rebates

Easy way to lower price would be $10 by dropping to standard CM 690II/win 7 combo, $15 by going with a 500gb f3 instead, or $20 with a 500gb 7200.12.

Build is xfire capable and has a GPU ready for gaming on a 1080p monitor.

I should add the caveat that the release of sandy bridge in early Jan, and the 69XX GPu's later this month all have the potential to cause major price shifts downward. So if you can wait, it may be well worth it.
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December 8, 2010 6:50:52 PM

Tanks banthracis I am going to go with your build. I like the combo deals. I was thinking that I might got with a different mobo like this one:

ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$100

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

Do you think I should go with that one or is the one you recommended is better?

Tanks for the help
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December 8, 2010 6:56:27 PM

Asus mobo's are higher quality, however that one is NOT xfire capable. 1 of the PCIe slots is x4, meaning it can't be used for a second GPU. Min is x8 for single GPU cards, x16 for dual GPU cards like the 5970. Anything less and you have significant performance loss.
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December 9, 2010 1:25:02 AM

Alright I'm going with the mobo you suggested. Thanks for all your help.

The only things i changed is I went with the G Skill Ripjaw Seriers 4 GB, and downgraded and went with the spinpoint f3 500gb, and went with the AMD phenom ll x4 965 BE.

I appreciate all your help.
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December 9, 2010 1:58:33 AM

Great Part choices. I applaud you for being a first time builder.
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