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October 12, 2011 1:54:40 AM

Hi all, newcomer here looking for advice for my first build. After using laptops my whole life Im ready to have a nice desktop computer.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $600 - $700 before mail in rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: school, light to moderate gaming and then internet surfing, watching videos, etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse and I will be buying a monitor locally

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: Would prefer AMD, seems like the best value

Overclocking: Possibly in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Not likely

Monitor Resolution: I'd be happy with 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Already have parts selected, although I am a novice and even with all the research I have done I'm sure there are things I missed.

Any advice or comments would be great!

CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX

Motherboard - ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Power Supply - SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

HDD - Seagate Barracuda Green ST1000DL002 1TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Bare Drive -Bare Drive

Case - Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

DVD Drive - LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM

Wireless Card (gotta have it) - Rosewill RNX-G300LX Wireless Adapter Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128bit WEP WPA WPA2 802.1x, 802.11i, AES, TKIP with 2 dBi Antenna

Comes to a total of $535 leaving room for a decent monitor.
Thanks again for any help!

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October 12, 2011 3:14:14 AM

Your setup looks great, hopefully you can unlock that CPU, then BONUS. Now you can save up for the SSD!
October 12, 2011 9:58:51 AM

That PSU is far more than what's needed for your system. Save some money there, get an X4 CPU and a 6850/6870 - a 6770 is going to be a disappointment at Full HD gaming.