First Time Build $700 Budget

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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  1. what about windows 7? you haven't stated whether or not you need.
    i'd recommend looking at the sept.11 $500 build, and then add a monitor,3032.html
    you'd probably want to get a higher wattage power supply, if you can
  2. Your setup looks great, hopefully you can unlock that CPU, then BONUS. Now you can save up for the SSD!
  3. 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.
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