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January 26, 2011 9:23:37 PM

My friend asked me to put a build together for him, for gaming (bc2, sc2). I haven't really paid attention recently after finishing my own build, so I need some thoughts on these choices. The budget is as close to 650 as possible.

His res is 1680x1050. My goal was to put together something that'll rock at his (kinda low) res and will be expandable for the future-ish should he buy a bigger monitor or start playing a really brutal game.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - 18.99

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - 94.95

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 49.99

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - 98.99

HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 129.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL - 42.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - 148.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - 99.99

Total: $701.64 after shipping, $656.64 after rebates.

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January 26, 2011 10:41:19 PM

I do suggest, getting a Antec Three Hundred without a PSU, and buy a OCz, Corsiar, or Seasonic PSU of around 500w.

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January 26, 2011 10:45:06 PM

mattius92 said:
I do suggest, getting a Antec Three Hundred without a PSU, and buy a OCz, Corsiar, or Seasonic PSU of around 500w.


if my friend does decide to forgo the super cheap combo (which puts this build at its budget) he certainly isn't going to get a 500w, which is more than enough for a single card and not enough for two.

thank you for your input.
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January 27, 2011 12:18:03 AM

Looks great to me :D 
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January 27, 2011 1:49:44 AM

joelmartinez said:
Looks great to me :D 


thanks :) 
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January 27, 2011 2:33:02 AM

Best answer selected by whatelsematters.
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January 27, 2011 2:34:40 AM

The psu included in that case is actually not a bad psu. Antec with a 80+ certification.
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January 27, 2011 2:54:48 AM

Wow thanks, sorry I couldn't help you just had it all right :D 
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January 27, 2011 3:57:22 AM

The 5770 is a bit underpowered @ 1680 x 1050 once you turn on AA and AF. I would skimp on the CPU and go x3 and get a cheaper mobo like the ASRock 870 Extreme 3. take the ~$90 u save there and get a 5870 for $195 AR. From a gaming perspective, this will pwn.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 27, 2011 3:58:53 AM

^ Nice to see the 5870 in the $200 range, great performance for the price.
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