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July 8, 2011 2:30:38 PM

Hello,
I recently put some parts together on newegg because I am building a new computer, I have never built a gaming computer and I have a budget of $600 but I would like to try and keep it under 550. I am not going to be doing any hardcore gaming, I just plan on running call of duty and other FPS games on medium graphics.

Here is what I have put together

AMD Phenom ii x4 955 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 870a-G54 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already have a hard drive and DVD/CD drive

Also I am going to need a new monitor for the new graphics card as my monitor only supports 1280x1024 and I want a samsung monitor but I have no clue what to look for in a gaming monitor, my budget on the monitor is $220.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2011 2:37:52 PM

No Motherboard?
No RAM?
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July 8, 2011 2:43:49 PM

I fixed the original post.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2011 4:02:27 PM

Monitor:
ASUS has a better warranty for things like dead or stuck pixels. this is a good LED gaming monitor. for gaming you want to look at the response time and latency. latency is almost never listed so you have to go with word of mouth and reviews. for response time you want 5ms black to black or 2ms gray to gray.

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16824236117
-$20.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$209.99
$189.99 Shipping is $9

this is a good budget gaming system with a i5 SandyBridge quad core. it will be far superior to the one you have above. Not sure if you were attached the case you picked out or not. I used Z9+ which is a better case imao. it comes with 4 fans and a fan controller. it runs very quiet and keeps things cool. I think it looks good too. I ugraded your GPU to a 550Ti, this will give you better peformance with the larger monitor. the GTS 450 would struggle in games at 1920x1080, you'd have to turn down the graphic settings.

ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16811235027
$69.99

ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50402-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16814500194
-$15.00 Instant
$149.99
$134.99

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16817207013
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$69.99

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16820146748
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$34.99

GIGABYTE GA-H61M-USB3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16813128486
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$89.99

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16819115074
$194.99
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$594.94 using you existing HDD and DVD. Shipping is $14 and has $40 of MIR's

you can drop to an i3-2100, save $70 and still have good gaming system that will stand toe to toe with the AMD x4 955.

just my thoughts


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July 8, 2011 6:36:23 PM

Thank you very much for the help, I really want to stick with an AMD CPU though since I have been using AMD products for 7 1/2 years.
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July 8, 2011 7:03:10 PM

Also what does black to black and gray to gray mean?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2011 7:48:16 PM

ZeroKateo said:
Thank you very much for the help, I really want to stick with an AMD CPU though since I have been using AMD products for 7 1/2 years.


thats cool. the Monitor, PSU, Case and video card I recommended are all solid buys.
the PSU's OEM is Seasonic.

If you are not trying to do CF/SLi then I would get this MB for a bulldozer upgrade path. its only +$5 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Also what does black to black and gray to gray mean?


Black to black (BTB) and gray to gray (GTG or G2G) are the time it takes a pixel to change color (transition) then back again
BTB is a full black full white full black transition and GTG is more like almost black to almost white to almost black - these are usually to the point that the human eye would call it black then white then black. the quicker the transition time the less "Ghosting" the monitor will have, the better to game on.

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