600-700 gaming rig (w/ format)

Approximate Purchase Date:
Within the next week

Budget Range:
700 AT most (after rebates) would rather it be cheaper if possible though

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming will be top priority

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg (assuming it's cheapest since it has combos and such)

Country of Origin:

Parts Preferences: by brand or type:
No preferences

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe
Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe
No (wouldn't fit my budget)

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments:
Needs to have OS aswell (so 100 dollars within budget needs to be spent on Win 7). I've made several builds on newegg, but can't decide which would be best from a gaming standpoint ( better CPU or GPU?) Combos would be best on everything possible to save money. I shouldn't need any more than 4gb ram. Hard drive space isn't a huge priority to me. Case can be cheap (I don't care about looks/mobility). No watercooler is necessary (as long as I can OC a bit and keep CPU at a decent temperature). Noise does not matter to me either. Would also like to add that this would be my first time build.

Thanks in advance
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    - ASUS Black 24X DVDRW: $17

    - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB: $50

    - Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: $100

    - Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel 430W Power Supply: $95

    - ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770: $75 ($60 after mir)

    - Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333: $40

    - AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz: $80

    - SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB: $180 ($165 after mir)

    TOTAL: $635 ($605 after mir)

    well balanced gaming machine that can play 1080p no problem... and under budget
  2. Did some final revisions. Would this build work (in terms of everything connect properly and fit into this case?)

    CPU ($79.99) + PSU ($49.99) --- AMD Athlon X3 450 + Xpower Pro 600w
    = http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.578354]

    Case ($39.99) + CD Drive ($22.99) --- Raidmax Typhoon midtower + 24x standard cd drive
    = http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.578977

    GPU ($179.99) --- Sapphire Radeon 6850 (1gb)
    = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    Mobo ($54.99) --- Biostar A880G+ Micro ATX AMD board
    = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138283

    RAM ($49.99) --- Typical 4gb Corsair ram
    = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    HDD ($54.99) --- 500gb Western digital caviar green
    = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136497

    Wireless Adapter ($19.99) --- PCI wireless adapter
    = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704059

    OS ($99.99) --- Windows 7

    Total ($626.99)
    --- ($590.99 after rebates)

    I could of gone with i3 540 and GTX 460 (768mb) while changing some other minor stuff around and it would be same price, but I figured the 6850 and AMD cpu would be better fit for gaming.

    So is all this good? Also would this wireless adapter thing work for my internet and fit into that mobo (im assuming so since its just a PCI slot?) incase your wondering this rig would be upstairs while my modem/router is downstairs so ethernet isn't an option

  3. yes it would work... but i have to recommend to stay away from certain brands you've chosen there... i'll be specific:

    - CPU is good
    - PSU is not good.. stick with either Antec, SeaSonic, Corsair, or XFX
    - Case is ok... but that Antec case with Antec PSU is a real good deal... your parts will last longer
    - CD drive is good (any one will do really)
    - RAM is good
    - HD -> you don't want your 1 HD to be the Caviar Green -> too slow.. it should only be a storage drive not the OS/app... it will be your biggest bottleneck
    - Motherboard - stick to ASUS/Gigabyte... or ASRock if you wanna save a little
    - Video card is good
    - Wireless NIC is crap -> stick to Linksys/Cisco, D-link, or Netgear (there's a reason that one costs $20)
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