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first build -Need advice on current +$500 proposed build :P

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August 8, 2011 6:45:51 AM

ive never built a pc before (sure u guys get that a lot) but ive recently seen my friends homebuilt pc and im totally jealous so im gunna try to make one myself.. ill be purchasing it in the near future(hopefully)
-my budget is about.. anything really? however im a starving college student and only have some money i can start with from selling my xbox stuff and my subwoofer system in my car.. so about 200-300 in money offhand..
-im gunna be using this computer for at least school research, internet surfing, but primarily for gaming seeing as i have a laptop.
-i have most the essential accessory parts, like the mouse, keyboard, erm..a semi-ancient monitor (but it should work i hope) so im pretty much just looking for the tower and everything in it
-ive been pointed to the newegg.com site by many people so im gunna prolly use this site for refrencing from now on but my current shopping list of parts is from compusa.com
-im from america
-i dont have a prefrence to whats used, i could care less if its all different makes, as long as it works great together ..do all the tower cases come in a standard size tho? jw..
-idk what overclocking is
-idk what SLI or crossfire are
-sadly i couldnt tell you my monitor rez at the moment, but i can always get a monitor later
-i dont care if its loud or whatever (as long as it dont wake my roomate up next door) and it can look anyway, im very open to everything
---heres what i have in my shopping cart at compusa.com right now----

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9505 Processor BX80580Q9505
Asus Xonar DG Sound Card - 5.1 Channels, PCI, 24 Bit
Sony Optiarc AD-7260S-0B 24x DVDRW Drive
EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT Video Card
Patriot PSD34G13332H Signature PC10600 4GB DDR3 Memory Upgrade
Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive
Cooler Master Elite Series Power Supply
Asus M2N68-AM PLUS Motherboard

...so that should be everything.. any advice on what i should have, not have, look for.. etc.. just a good reliable gaming computer.. i wanna play new games but not have to be spending all the money i have on a computer.. i gotta eat :) 
August 8, 2011 3:36:29 PM

I think I would ignore that PC you gots there in your cart. Those are some old parts plus the motherboard you chosen only works with DDR2 RAM not DDR3 RAM. Shopping at newegg will save you some extra green since you don't have to pay tax. Here is a good PC without including the OS:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18.99

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$43.99

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$24.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 + $7.99 -$10 MIR

XFX HD-679X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6790
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$134.99

Subtotal:
$562.92

With Shipping:
$570.91

The Subtotal of your system:
$516.92

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