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First ever build! Need help!!

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May 12, 2012 11:44:16 PM

$800 budget, I am looking to build my first rig. Includes everything I need except the monitor and DVD drive. Here's what I have so far.

Case- NZXT GAMMA Classic Series:

Mobo & CPU Combo Deal- AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz/BIOSTAR TA870U3+:

Video Card- EVGA GTX 570 (Fermi):

RAM- Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2*4):

PSU- RAIDMAX Blackstone 700W Modular:

HDD- Recertified WD Caviar Green 500GB:

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit:

Keyboard & Mouse- Microsoft Wired:

That's it, just wondering what you guys think, and if you have any recommendations.

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May 12, 2012 11:52:57 PM

What are you planning to use this for? What is your monitor resolution?

For you budget I would try to squeeze in an Intel CPU and a less expensive GPU and get a better PSU, along with a new, not recertified HDD. HDDs fail, I dont know if I would trust recertified HDDs and PSUs(Ive had no luck with recertified PSUs).

If you answer the questions, I can get back to you on more specific stuff.
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May 12, 2012 11:58:03 PM

it might be a bit over your budget but it will play all your games at high to ultra settings
May 12, 2012 11:58:49 PM

Well I want to use it for gaming, BF3, COD, Skyrim, etc. My monitor is 1920 x 1080. I was hoping to be able to max out graphics on most games.
May 13, 2012 12:09:42 AM

Good GPU, but the CPU will bottleneck. Get an i5/Phenom X4/Phenom X6. Because with a decent CPU you'll get 60FPS, but with the X3, you'll get 30-40.
May 13, 2012 12:40:52 AM

Case: Same


CPU:Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Video Card:HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB

RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB)

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB

OS: Same

Keyboard & Mouse: Same

the 7850 is roughly the same as the 570. I think a little bit better CPU. HDD is much better, tons faster. better quality PSUs. You only need like 500W so 650W gives some head room

I think it comes just at $800 after rebates and deals this weekend on newegg. Also the CPU comes with another DVD Burner I think free, so then you can have 2 in your system if you want
May 13, 2012 2:24:41 AM

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