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Final Checks - $800 Gaming Build

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August 5, 2011 7:34:54 AM

(Mah first time, I'm new to all of this.)

Approximate Purchase Date: Today/tomorrow

Budget: $860

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Lightweight video editing > Surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Negative

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Build so far:

Case/PSU: CoolerMaster Centurion 5 II With 500W PSU (Black)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 840

GPU: ASUS Radeon 6870 1GB DirectCU

RAM: Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ

Optical: Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive

Monitor: LG E60 Series 23'' Ultra Slim HD LED Monitor

Total: $853

- Are all of these parts compatible?
- Will I need any extra case fans or anything?
- Is the PSU in that case removable, in case I upgrade in the future?

- Any other suggestions/improvements?

Many thanks!!

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August 5, 2011 9:12:45 AM

No but you have places to put them one at the top would not be a bad idea.
The PSU is replaceable which is a good thing that basic CM unit is the weak part of the system.
August 5, 2011 12:27:04 PM

Cool thanks very much!

I think I can squeeze the AMD Phenom II X4 840 up to an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, if that's a good idea.

But now I'm slightly worried that PSU will fail me or something :S

Nevertheless, if no one else jumps in to change anything - I'll buy this in about 10 hours. :D 
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August 5, 2011 11:41:21 PM

Oh excellent. I'll probably try my luck with the CM PSU though.

Just one more question: I see that the monitor comes with a 'VGA' and a 'DVI' cable. When I actually put all this stuff together, which port should I use? I assume it will go into the back of the graphics card?
August 6, 2011 8:22:24 AM

DVI digital is better (cleaner) signal than VGA analog a difference that gets noticed by some people at higher resolutions. Use the DVI.
August 6, 2011 9:01:20 AM

Best answer selected by purplecliff.
August 6, 2011 9:02:19 AM

I've made the purchase. Many thanks again rolli59.

Time to watch a whole heap of pc-building-videos so I know what I'm doing xD