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March 27, 2011 11:17:24 PM

Well this is my first post in the Tom's Hardware community so bare with me all :hello:  . Anyways I've had a passion for computers over the past couple years and have finally come to a decision of building a computer of my own for gaming, I'm new to this but I've come up with a list for the possible parts for a game that I love called ArmA 2. So here it is and bare with me please:

CPU/Processor: AMD Phenom 2 X4 3.2ghz Socket AM3 95W Quad Core - $109.99
Motherboard: AM3 AMD 770 ATX - $49.99
Ram: G.SKILL 6gb (3x2gb) 240-pin DDR3 1333 - $64.99
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Steel ATX mid tower - $49.99
Video Card: Radeon HD 5770 1gb - $129.99
PSU: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W - $39.98
Hard Drive: HITACHI Deskstar 1tb 7200rpm - $54.99
OS: Windows 7 64-bit OEM -$99.99
Monitor: 17" 5ms Monitor(nothing fancy) - $79.99
Keyboard: Cheap one - $7.99
Mouse: Already have a wireless one - $0.00

Comes out to be: $687.89 (before shipping)
Around: $719.67 (including shipping)
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Also this is for those who would suggest another build for me if they think this one ^ isn't good enough or I should save :pt1cable: 

Approximate Purchase Date: This summer (Around June to July)

Budget Range: $600 - $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: No preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Whatever a 17" or 18" has

Additional Comments: It would be nice for it to be quiet too.

I would like peoples opinions on what I should upgrade, downgrade, save money on or just any suggestions on what to buy to help me when I'm gaming too. I'm new to all of this so thanks in advance. :bounce: 

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March 28, 2011 12:42:25 AM

Thanks for the reply. I'll think about it as time goes by, the i5 is a good pick and I've been debating on Intel and Amd for a while and haven't found a good choice yet.
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March 28, 2011 10:07:13 PM

Was looking at your $600 budget build and seemed like a good idea, but what do you recommend for a good cheap monitor? I've looked at newegg and tigerdirect but haven't decided where to get one from. Tigerdirect usually has a $99.99 19" available for purchase so I might go with them there. Where do you recommend I look for one? Thanks in advance.
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March 28, 2011 10:47:46 PM

Newegg had a nice 20" Acer monitor for only 109.00 with free shipping when i was looking saturday.
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March 28, 2011 11:03:21 PM

Look at my signature, that buils is $700 including windows, putting it together as soon as the parts arrive
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March 29, 2011 2:19:22 AM

Today only.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for my 600$ build, you could just do that. Or get a little more performance and switch the 925 out for a i5 2400 (Like I previously said). That would run you about $65 extra for ALOT more performance. I suggest doing this and maximizing your budget. Then swap the motherboard for this which adds 10$ more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So total, it'd be 675$ before the monitor.
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March 29, 2011 10:25:13 PM

So many choices...hmmm...I have time since I need to find the time to build the pc. This is probably occur during the summer and it will definately be a fun time for my first build and all. Doesn't anyone recommend I get anything else other than a computer when I'm setting it up? I'll be on a rug so there might be static, any suggestions at all?
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March 29, 2011 10:41:57 PM

I suggest wood, but that's just me.
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March 29, 2011 11:13:36 PM

I always build on a table. If you are waiting for summer, you might as well wait and check the release of the bulldozer 4110 (4 core/2 module), 6110 (6 core/3 module), 8110, and 8130 (both 8 core/4 module)
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March 29, 2011 11:51:04 PM

^ Any benchmarks released yet screwy? Besides the leak that was posted on THG. Seems like the naming scheme follows the cores but what is the 110 annotate?
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March 30, 2011 3:10:46 AM

dunno what the 110 means, might be TDP related (all the 110s are 95W, the 8130 is 135W)

there was the opteron benches released last week, where a 1.8 GHz 16 core generally performed double a stock 2600.
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