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Need Advice on $490 Budget Gaming Build

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October 19, 2011 12:05:42 AM

Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: No idea, all I have is time…

Budget Range: (less is best $300-500?)

System Usage: (Playing games on max settings, especially oblivion(with high re-texture mods) , and the upcoming game Skyrim, max settings for both new and old games/high fps?….)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,) I also have an old Gateway 838gm that I can use parts from…(gateway 838gm information http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/5389/5389nv.shtml )

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com)

Country of Origin: (USA)

Parts That I have picked out:

Graphics card: SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

?Motherboard: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or
The Gateway 838gm case if possible…

Power Supply: XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W 500W ATX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or
HDD from the Gateway 838gm, I think it is a 200 Gb SATA HD 7200 PRM with 8mb cache.
(If it is not to outdated, will eventually upgrade it if I do use it.)

CD/DVD drive: The gateway 838gm’s drives hopefully?

Total price: about $490ish

Overclocking: Maybe?

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe?

Monitor Resolution: (idk, I will be using a 42” TV)

Additional Comments: (I Would like to keep the price down low as possible as I am only 17 with no job, so if there are things I can change to lower the price, please tell me. This will be my first computer build/ with no prior experience. I would also like to know if I could use parts from my old gateway 838gm to save money. Also please let me know if I forgot something and if some of the parts that I picked out are incompatible. )
And also, will I need to buy any extra cables for this build?
October 19, 2011 12:40:52 AM

My $.02

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 Xigmatek ASGARD II B/S CPC-T45UD-U01 Black / Silver 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower (good, cheap case)
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50 Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified ($10 off promo code)
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX (can X-Fire, and hybrid with onboard 4250)
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75 AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W (OEM, so needs a HSF)
HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$26 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Vid: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110 XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 (free dirt 3)
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$19 ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Total, no OS: $485 + S&H (not counting MIR, or combo/specials)

*EDIT* most of these have free shipping, and the Hyper 212 will allow a good OC of the proc (I have that X3 in my spare, and it has no issues with Oblivion, Fallout, or Fallen Earth, using an old 9800GX2 KO)
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October 19, 2011 12:47:06 AM

Thanks for the quick reply, I just realized that some of the parts I listed are old and for the same price I can get a newer/better part, such as The Ram you listed.

Also thanks again on the advice.
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