Advice for my $900 gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week

Budget Range: $900 after shipping and MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, movies, MSFT office

Parts Not Required: Desk and chair

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I prefer newegg.com, Tigerdirect, and amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No particular preference

Overclocking: Yes please

SLI or Crossfire: No plans for dual GPU

Monitor Resolution: 1650x1080

Additional Comments: Want something that will last 3-5 years and can play most games.

Here are the parts I've picked out already:

Keyboard and Mouse $20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823107120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826105185

DVD burner $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Case - Coolermaster HAF 912 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Monitor - Asus 22 inch $139 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236050

Video Card - HIS Radeon 5850 $169.99 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161330

Combo $214.98
Motherboard - Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX
Harddrive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.568898

CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 560 BE $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103887

Memory - Gskill Ripjaws $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

PSU - Corsair 650W $51.99 after MIR and 10% promo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Cooler/HSF - Cooler Master Hyper 212 $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Misc. - Artic Silver 5 $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007


Total: $960.19 before MIR and $890.16 after MIR


Any suggestions on the CPU/Mobo and Video card build?

I plan on unlocking the cores and overclocking the 560. Should I up it to a 965 instead and downgrade the mobo?

I read a ton about the best value video cards and chose that HIS 5580 because at $169 after MIR it seems like a steal. Is there any other video card out there that would provide me with more value?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
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  1. Hmm if u happen to live near a Microcenter:

    Items off Egg $563


    Items off MC $170 (965BE + MSI 785G-E53)
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    Asus 23" LCD $150AR Free Ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236081

    $883AR Total
  2. I do have a Microcenter near me and was actually thinking of picking up the i950 for $200. Thats over my budget though. Is the 965BE worth $50 over the 560 if I plan on unlocking and overclocking anyway?

    I'm not sure if the monitor you posted is as good as the 22" for me as I'm mainly playing games.

    I'm definitely gonna check out Microcenter though for the great bundles. Thanks!
  3. 1. Unlock + Stable is a bonus not a given
    2. $10 top up moving from 1680 x 1050/22" to 1920 x 1080/23" is a good move hehe
    3. You are welcomed ^^
  4. OK the video card I wanted is out of stock now. I should have pulled the trigger sooner as that was a great deal for a 5850.

    Have to choose a new card now under $200. Which would you guys recommend?

    460 GTX or Radeon 6850?
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