Seeking help for my first build

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, next week, next month, not in a hurry

Budget Range: 500-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: No experience, but willing to overclock

SLI or Crossfire: Don't think it will fit with budget

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I have these two things in mind but I'm not sure about the combo. From what I have been reading it'd be a bad buy.

I know it will be tough since I don't have any parts I can salvage or a monitor. Mostly want a build for playing BF3 and wouldn't mind having to lower a few settings. Any help is appreciated.
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  1. Nobody has any recommendation? My biggest problem in building this system is that I also have to buy a monitor that has decent features and they run pretty high. Hard to build a rig and buy a good monitor when you have around 700 budget.
  2. Well I'm probably going to end up buying a system from cyberpowerpc...probably a bad idea but they have some good deals going on now. I specially like that Battlefield 3 comes free with the FX processor. If anyone knows of a better deal let me know. Or if this is a bad idea also let me know.

    Total $626 + $125 shipping=$751. BF3 is probably $40-60 so really I will be spending $700 overall. My biggest concern with this is that

    a) I'm not building this rig myself
    b) Power supply seems crap
    c) Have never dealt with Cyberpowerpc/don't know what to expect

    CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.60 GHz Quad-Core AM3+ CPU 4MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology

    HDD: * 60 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 525MB/s Read & 475MB/s Write

    MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)

    MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] MSI 970A-G45 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ OC Genie II, Winki 3, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PC

    VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card

    CASE: Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tower Gaming Case

    CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive

    FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan

    MONITOR: 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 Asus VS247H-P LCD

    POWERSUPPLY: 700 Watts - XtremeGear SLI/CrossFireX Ready Power Supply
  3. I might just wait until black friday or cyber monday...
  4. Nobody has any suggestions or ideas?
  5. You should check out this:,3032.html

    Should leave you with enough for a good $150 screen.
  6. I've looked at that one before. The problem with it is that hard drive prices have changed since that article was published. With current hard drive prices and that setup I think it'd be in the 750-800 range. I was trying to stay somewhere around 700 or under if possible. I guess when I opened this topic I had more money than I have because I have budget set for 500-800 when I'm trying to keep it under 700. Anyone know of a 1080p with hdmi input under 100-140?
  7. Should a monitor have an HDMI input if I plan on playing on 1080p?

    If I play on a lower resolution, will it be a big visual difference? Will I be able to buy a cheaper non-hdmi monitor?
  8. You can play at 1080p over DVI. HDMI is only important if you want to connect to a big screen TV and have it handle the audio.
  9. Thanks. That changes everything.
  10. What do you guys think about this?

    AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core

    SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC SSD

    GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

    Acer 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor

    Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    BIOSTAR A870U3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire

    Subtotal: $704.92
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