Gaming PC Build for under $650

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: 550-650 before rebates

System usage from most to least important: Gaming, Multitasking, animation making

Parts not required: keyboard, monitor, mouse (speakers but only if there aren't cheap ones)

Preferred Website for parts: newegg

Parts Preference: not much preference

Overclokcing: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Res: 1280 x 720

Additional Comments: I would preferably like this machine to be quiet

Hi,

I'm very new to this and i was wondering if i could get some help. I want to build a gaming pc with a budget of $550 to $650 (but i would like to keep it below 600). The games i will be playing on this are not all that demanding (at least not like crisis) i will be playing games like WoW, stagecraft 2, guild wars 2, and maybe even a little dc universe. Here's what i came up with so far… (i am very new and for all i know i could have everything wrong and this computer will break in a week.)

DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335&cm_re=lite-on_24x_dvd_writer-_-27-106-335-_-Product

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147117

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395&cm_re=seagate_barrauda_7200.12-_-22-148-395-_-Product

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128342&Tpk=gigabyter%20ga-ma74gm-s2

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125339

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227569

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843&Tpk=amd%20athlon%20x3%20440%20rana%203.0ghz

OS: Heres where i ran into a problem… I don't see the difference between the two other than one costs double than the other. Again i am very new to this, so please let me know which one i should use...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium_full-_-32-116-716-_-Product
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium_builders-_-32-116-754-_-Product

It all comes out to about $552 to $652 depending on which OS i can use. Please let me know where i can save money but keep similar performance. Also can i upgrade all these parts in the future? And please let me know which OS i should use. AM i missing anything and i mean ANYTHING (i already hav a monitor, mouse, and keyboard, and an HDMI cable to hook up the monitor to the pc). Lastly, is there anything i can do to make it better without costing much more?

Thanks
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  1. Negative on choice of mobo - i would rate any of these chipsets

    740G
    690G
    GF 7XXX
    NForce 5xx/6xx

    far inferior than any entry level AM2+ out in 2008 due to

    a. HT Limitation when paired with any AM2+/AM3 chip
    b. Still stuck on PCIe gen 1.0/1.1, true AM2+ had migrated to PCIe gen 2.0 as of 2008

    Gigabyte NForce 630a
    GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM3 - GA-M68MT-D3 (rev. 2.3)
    Quote:
    * If you install AMD AM3 CPU on this motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s) spec; however, the frequency of AM3 CPU will not be impacted. Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.


    MSI 740GTM-P23
    http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1&cat2_no=171&prod_no=1917
    Quote:

    Hyper Transport Bus

    • HyperTransport 1.0 supporting speed up to 1000MT/s

    Slots

    • 1 PCI Express x16 slot with x16 operation (PCI Express Bus SPEC V1.0 compliant)


    In any case that 740G mobo with DDR2 DIMM slots for RAM is incompatible with those DDR3 RAMs
  2. so i should change my mobo, ram and processor?
  3. AS Rock 880GM is $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157199
    $5 more than the outdated mobo you were looking at.

    The OEM version of win 7 can only be installed on one computer, ever ($99), while the retail version can be reinstalled forever, just one at a time ($189)
  4. http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

    :)

    Screwy is pretty right with some combos
  5. the only problem with the build you gave me (aznshinobi) is that it is goin over my budget when i buy the OS but thanks for the suggestion... so is i use the as rock 880GM my rig is complete or do i need to make other changes?
  6. Nope, not really.
  7. what about this build... do u think i would need to go with 4 gb of ram instead of 2?
    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_kickass_500_gaming_pc_play_crysis_40fps
  8. 4gb is better than 2. always.

    build it yourself is either better for the same price or cheaper for the same setup.
  9. No, that's a DDR3 ram. I don't suggest following that build. It's very old and clearly hasn't been updated since the AMD Phenom II's came out. That build could play Crysis but newer games, that CPU couldn't handle them. Your better off following my link's 600$ build in mah siggy :D
  10. $616AR, and CrossfIre capable + Deneb 955BE?
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