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600-700$ Gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: January or sooner

Budget Range: Currently at 600; I'd like to keep it there, but I'll go up to 700 After Rebates if the bump in capability justifies the extra cost

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly being built because my old junker couldnt handle Starcraft II. I'd also like to be able to play the new Diablo whenever it drops; other than that, web surfing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (I'll have Win 7 Home)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None, but they must ship APO (ie newegg)

Country of Origin: US, but APO

Overclocking: Probably

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 up to 1600x1200

Additional Comments: I dont need much more than what SC II requires, but I'd like upgrade potential for the future. I didnt include any combos in the price since I wont be buying for a few weeks yet.

Based on what I've read around these forums, here is what my current build looks like (keep in mind I'm a first time builder, please critique/change freely if I'm doing something dumb!):

Case: Antec 300 Black Steel $60

PSU: Antec EA500W Continous Power $90

HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB $50


CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz $89

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master DK9 $11

RAM: G.Skill Trident 4GB DDR3 1600 $70

GPU: MSI R5770 Radeon HD 5770 1GB $140

Optical: Lite-ON CD/DVD Burner $17

That and 10 bucks for some thermal compound brings it to $595.87. Again, I'll take any help/advice. Thanks in advance...
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  1. The cooler you selected is likely worse than the stock; this one is much better:

    This psu is a newer revision of the one you listed, but cheaper:

    If you can spare it, you might want to consider upping your gpu to at least a 6850:

    Otherwise it looks pretty good; I'd usually recommend getting one of the 8x0 southbridge mobos for native SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0, but there quite expensive. If you do decide to up the mobo, this one should do nicely:
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    Even for far less no reason to settle for just a HD 5770 hehe

    Edit $89 for a Rana 440 + 500W/80+ PSU $90 is also way too high...
  3. I would definitely recommend a better graphics card. Either the HD 6850 or the GTX 460 1GB versioon. Look for rebates and combo deals and you should be able to get the 460 for around $160ish. Also, I would grab the phenom X3 instead of the Athlon X3. Same price and you get the L3 Cache which will come in handy at times. Finally, grab the samsung spinpoint F3 as it is a faster hard drive.

    As for power supply, I recommend this one by corsair. It is only 70 after rebate, has a 10% promo code and has a single 12V rail like the rosewill. Also, the corsair has a few more connectors but if you don't need them, it could just clutter up your case.

    Happy building.
  4. Thanks for the suggestions! I like that build a lot batuchka, I may very well go with it!
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  6. Yep happy shopping/building and u are welcomed ^^
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