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New build, but it's been so long I don't know where to start

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June 14, 2011 6:52:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This month


Budget Range: Hopefully around 500$ - 600$


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly just surfing the net and playing old games, want to at least have the option of playing new games like black ops and the new elder scrolls, but i am not concerned with getting high settings, i just want things to look nice and run smooth


Parts Not Required: budget covers case and everything inside


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg is the only site i have used but i have heard good things about tiger direct as well


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I always used amd in the past to get the most for my budget, are they still the way to go if you don't have much to spend?


Overclocking: maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe


Monitor Resolution: not really sure i guess


Additional Comments: I guess I mostly just don't know where to start, I'm just looking for a rough idea of what I need. Can a quad core handle everything well enough? Is it worth it to get a small SSD for a boot drive and my most used programs like web browsers? How much of my budget should I spend on a video card, and if I only spend enough for a budget GPU will I be wasting my CPU because I can't run anything anyway?
I should also note that I want a full sized case and a full sized mb because my hands are big and clumsy.

Are barebones a good place to start for someone who's been away for a while?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... " target="_blank">
I was looking at buying this barebones kit and adding a gpu but a friend suggested I post here first.




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June 14, 2011 7:15:20 AM

Here is a build,...

X4 955 + MSI 870A - SATA 6GB/s & USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM + PSU
GSKillz 4GB DDR3 + Corsair 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE - NZXT Gamma
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...

GPU - HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

Total - ~$513 | $483 After rebates,...

As for the SSD, it does make the PC snappier, so if you have additional cash go for a say 30/32/ 40GB SSD for boot,...
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