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~$600 gaming system. Virgin builder

Last response: in Systems
January 8, 2011 10:44:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next few days

Budget Range: (e.g.: ~600)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: @Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD CPU

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 HDTV, (Maybe 1920x1080 down the road.)

Additional Comments:

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $89

ZOTAC ZT-40404-10P SYNERGY GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $154.99 ($128 after rebate)

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...$89.99

TP-LINK TL-WN781ND PCI Express Wireless Adapter $19.99

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto 3.3GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor HDZ560WFGMBOX $99.99
--People seem to be unlocking this into a quad-core. So I chose a motherboard with a "core unlock" feature. Bad idea? Seems too easy. I'm a noob here

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBPK$43.99

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $49.99
Subtotal: $618.91 (before rebates)
Shipping: $9.83
I just saw this combo deal for a PSU and GPU. Thinking of applying it
January 8, 2011 10:55:15 PM

The combo is good. If you are lucky you might unlock one or two cores but don't count on it.
January 8, 2011 11:13:32 PM $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99 $3.99 Shipping
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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January 9, 2011 10:37:12 AM

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I think I'm changing my mind on the SLIing the video cards down the road. Is a 650w PSU enough for that?