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New Member Seeking Advice on New Build $500 - $800

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April 22, 2011 2:45:04 PM

Hey all, I was hoping to get some feedback on a new build I've been pricing out. This computer will be primarily used for gaming. I'm new to all this so I want to make sure I'm not looking at bad components or making other glaring mistakes. I've been looking to tigerdirect and/or newegg for the components I picked out. Want to keep the build between $550 - $700 after rebates.

Here is what I have priced out so far. Let me know of any potential problems or maybe cheaper and better alternatives:

(tigerdirect) Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GH Quad Core Processor AM3 (95W) 109.99

(tigerdirect)Motherboard: Asus M4A79X TD EVO AMD 790X Socket AM3 (ATX up to 125W) 99.99

(tigerdirect) Memory: Corsair 4GB DDR3 PCI0666 1333 MHz (1 stick) 29.99

(tiger direct)Graphics: Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB (PCI Express 2.0 x16) 179.99

(newegg) Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD 322 GJ/U 320 GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0 GB/s 42.99

(newegg) Optical: Lite on iHAS 124-04 24x DVD+-R 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner 19.99

(tiger direct) Power: PowerUp! GEN-2004 550 Watt ATX Power Supply -120mm Fan, SATA Ready 34.99

(tigerdirect) Case: NZXT M59 Gaming Mid-T Case 49.99

(newegg) Op Sys: Windows 7 OEM Builders Edition 99.99

Total 667.91

Just a couple of additional questions:

1) I may want to overclock in the future, is the stock fan good enough or should I invest in a heatsink? If so, could anyone recommend a good budget one?

2) I am a bit concerned about the power supply. It got good reviews on tiger direct but it was a budget choice and I know this is an essential part (if it goes, you have damage to other parts). Can anyone advise me if this part is fine or if I should invest more into it?

Any suggestions are welcome (and very needed).

Thanks!
April 22, 2011 3:23:21 PM
April 22, 2011 4:28:14 PM

Yeah I would definitely look into a nicer power supply - this is a critical component you definitely don't want to skimp on. Look for a good brand like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic - there are great recommendations in the power supply guide in the forums here. And you could go with a much cheaper mobo such as the ASRock M3A770DE or Biostar N68S3+ (Have the ASRock and it has worked perfectly, running Phenom II X4 925) which both go for about 54$ at Newegg. The stock heatsink for that CPU is fine for stock speeds but you would probably wanna grab a better one if/when you decide to OC - CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ is a great one for about 30$ at Newegg.
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April 22, 2011 5:56:57 PM

the Xigmatek 400W I list got a very solid review here on Tom's on October 2010.
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