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I live in the United States and have bought from newegg before. This would be my first time building a computer although I've messed with older systems before but nothing serious. Simply put I'm looking for advice. I would be purchasing in a week or so.. but there is no true timetable. But I don't want to go over $700 and I'm looking to play starcraft 2 and empire total war.


LG CD/DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22LP21 LightScribe Support - OEM

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED

XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire

This is a combo package at newegg

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

I'm wondering if everything is compatible and if there are better choices for the system. I'm am not dead set on the case and the gpu. I want to be able to crossfire but that can come later. let me know thanks.
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  1. Get the best GPU you can afford initially, within reason....compare cost with performance at your desired resolution....(takes much more of a card to game at 1920x1200 than at 1280x1024)
  2. right now i'm operating at a 1280x 1024 and wont upgrade for some time. sorry I should have put that in orginally
  3. It's all compatible. I would advise on stepping up to at least the 5770, but I guess for SC 2 a 5750 would be fine. I would also advise getting a full size ATX motherboard. They are just easier to work with and more upgradeable. I have an ASrock 870 Extreme 3 and I'm very pleased with it. It's the same price at newegg as what you picked. It can also CF at 8x. Lots of people don't like ASrock because they used to be low quality, but they have come around.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198
  4. there is an XFX 5870 for $239 (after rebate) at NewEgg....excellent deal, great performance for the price...

    95% of the GTX570s performance at 1920x1200 for but 2/3rds of the price...
  5. I was looking at the ASrock that comes with a combo deal on newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.547587

    I'd lose the original combo with the cpu, mobo, etc but I could get a lesser HDD to work with the higher cost. I don't need a tb
  6. Ive changed my gpu and mobo to these after reading the suggestions:

    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

    ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    I don't need a big hdd but how low is too low? I was thinking around 640 GB but I could go lower with 320GB. I have an external that I store music and important files on. So the HDD would be used primary for games.
  7. Only can answer that question, how many games do you anticipate on having on the Hard Drive at a time? Remember it's better to have to much than not enough.
  8. 5 or 6 games ranging from starcraft 2, empire total war, rome total war (both with mods from the total war guys, 25+gb ), and then some older games I enjoy.... tf2, sim city metropolis, and halflife.
  9. swifty_morgan said:


    I didnt look at that psu because it was 550watt and I was under the impression that I should spend on at least 650 watt for upgrading purposes. If a 550 watt system could handle crossfire and the rest of the system I was looking at the great but if that puppy is gonna pull its weight I dont want to spend the money
  10. Read all the toms build your own articles. compare tweek them were you like, then make an intelligent decision.
    their all tested and rated for you. can't go wrong.
  11. Read all the toms build your own articles. compare tweek them were you like, then make an intelligent decision.
    their all tested and rated for you. can't go wrong.
  12. Best answer
    System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $750 Gaming PC theres another for $500.00
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  14. ruckusfp said:
    Best answer selected by ruckusfp.

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    nLet me know what you decide. I built the $1500.00 job with a few tweaks. I'm not a hard core gamer so I dropped one of the GPU's in my build. Saved $300.00. I upgraded the HD to larger and I got Corsair H50 cooler. I went on the Dell website and built the exact same configuration as the one i put together but I did it for $900.00 less.
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    nSome more good advise that helped me a lot on my first build besides reading. Watch a lot of you tube videos. Any parts your thinking of buying and assembling are posted. Both specs and how to's. Take your time be patient and understand your motherboard manual completely.
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    nKeep in touch, I'm curious to know how you progress and feel free to ask questions.
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    nGood Luck Bro, your gonna feel great when you crank it up and it works.
  15. Also, after you decide on a processor check out the prices at "Microcenter". They seem to have really good deals on processors. Usually much less than Newegg.
  16. Thanks for the heads up I've been reading as much as I can. Thanks for the heads up on youtube I didn't think to do that
  17. ruckusfp said:
    Thanks for the heads up I've been reading as much as I can. Thanks for the heads up on youtube I didn't think to do that

    Check this link out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERhxmzQR6xA&feature=email

    Linus is great u can learn alot from him.
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