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February 3, 2011 4:37:44 PM

My friend is getting a new pc and he's asking me to help him, so I thought it would be a good idea to ask you guys, here goes...

Approximate Purchase Date: this weekend, maybe the next one

Budget Range: 850USD before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (CoD,NFS), MMOs, web surfing, word processing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (would prefer it from the same site)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1440x900 (getting a new one but not sure because of budget)

Additional Comments: The quieter the better, but it's not really an issue.

Parts that I chose:
I'm still sorta new to these recent parts since I haven't built one in two~three years so I'm not sure
If anything else works better, feel free to comment

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified

ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

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

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Acer V193WEJbd Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 50000:1(1000:1)

Logitech LS21 7 Watts RMS (FTC) 2.1 Stereo Speaker System - Black

I know the graphics card is overkill for the monitor but if I get a larger monitor it goes over the budget.
Any suggestions?

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February 3, 2011 4:50:21 PM

Hello beyblade5566;
Lookin good. Excellent choice of parts. Everything is compatible.
Think you can squeeze a CPU cooler into the build?

That 1440x900 res monitor will do really well with the HD 5770. A good match for gaming.
February 3, 2011 4:53:37 PM

Um a CPU cooler?
Hm...Guess I could someway or another, would it be hard to install?
I've always used the stock HSF up until now since I don't really OC that much...
the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ is ok right?
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February 3, 2011 4:56:30 PM

CM Hyper 212+ is excellent - you could even spend a bit less on another model.
Will have to check the fit for that RC=130 case. I was thinking more along the lines of a 92mm CPU cooler.

Here is a gaming case with 3 case fans included - just $5 more when you figure in shipping. Rosewill DESTROYER Gaming Mid Tower Case
February 3, 2011 5:02:07 PM

I checked the width of both cases, the RC-310 is 7.50" and the rosewill is 7.48".
so the hyper 212+ should fit in both if I get it?
February 3, 2011 5:07:59 PM

Hyper 212+ 120mm CPU cooler will fit the RC-310 - but just barely.
I think a 92mm cooler would look better inside the case window.
February 3, 2011 5:08:32 PM

ok thanks for the suggestion
February 3, 2011 5:10:11 PM

Yes it would fit both - it's only the visual of the CM 212+ almost touching the case window that detracts from the big cooler option, IMO.
February 3, 2011 7:37:31 PM

anyone else have any suggestions? especially the graphics card and the monitor.
also would the Alienware m11x + a 19" screen be a decent configuration?