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First gaming rig build on a moderate budget

Last response: in Systems
May 18, 2012 11:28:30 PM

Plan to be building this system within the next month at the longest, budget is kind of tight but not really tight, just don't really want to spend more than 200 on each part, but in some cases I would be willing to. I'm not going for the highest end components but parts that will give me a very solid gaming experience.

Don't need mouse or keyboard and will probably overclock.

Tentatively this is what I'll be getting:

Power Supply- Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750
Motherboard - Asus M4A79T DELUXE
GPU - ATI Radeon 5770 (x2) or 5850
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 3.2 GHz Processor
HDD - Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD
Sound Card - Asus Xonar DG
DVD DRive - Pioneer DVR-219L DVDRW
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2x4gb) 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24, 1.5V
Cooling - Corsair H80 (maybe H100 depending on case)
Case - maybe this:

I need advice on a case and speakers as well as compatibility issues if there are any. Thanks in advance, also, I don't need a network card right? I shouldn't...I think
May 18, 2012 11:59:04 PM

Ok a few observations....

The Asus M4A79T motherboard is an old board. Look for an AM3+ board (990FX) instead.
From the few benchmarks I saw, a 5850 will perform the same as 2 5770s. Just stick with a single card. I would also recommend looking at newer graphics cards: 7770 maybe or a GTX560.
You can get a good air cooler cheaper than the H80 and perform just as well.
You could go for a 650W quality PSU which will still handle a crossfire/sli setup if so inclined.
You don't need a sound card. The onboard sound will be just fine.
Motherboards have built in network cards so don't worry about getting a network card.

Good luck!
May 19, 2012 12:04:30 AM

i know the mobo is old but it's a good one, would this be more suitable?
also, any suggestions on a specific cooler, if not i can handle that on my own. and for the money i can deal with the 750w psu in case i decide to crossfire another 5850 in the future plus the 7770 seems at best comparable with the 5850. thanks for the info
May 19, 2012 12:11:20 AM

I think I'm actually going to spring the extra money and go with the 6950 which I can unlock to a 6970 which is a huge jump