First Build $700

New at this, looking for some expertise!


Approximate Purchase Date: the closer the better

Budget Range: around $700 After Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Stock trading (having many tabs open at once and programs running some with live/streaming data on a multi monitor setup)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: Florida

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I want to be able to run 3-4 monitors


this is what I have come up with so far, feel free to add/delete


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pEn8

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor - $107.82

CPU Cooler - Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler - $19.99 (Do I need this?)

Motherboard - ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard - $69.99

Memory - G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory - $33.99

Storage - Seagate Momentus 5400.6 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive - $34.99

Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card - $229.95 (will this support 3-4 monitors)

Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case - $49.99

Power Supply - Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - $89.99

Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer - $15.98

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) - $79.98

Base Total: $732.67
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $3.99
Total: $706.66


Again first build thanks for any input :hello:
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  1. anyone.. :sarcastic:
  2. Hello, I would remove everything!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $577.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-28 10:32 EST-0500)

    I think this would be better. :hello:
  3. repost sorry
  4. cutebeans said:
    Hello, I would remove everything!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $577.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-28 10:32 EST-0500)

    I think this would be better. :hello:



    Remove everything lol that is exactly why I was seeking advice! thanks so much for the build.

    I did notice you changed the os to windows 7, do I need that to run windows 8?

    One more thing, read this about the Video Card you have chosen,

    "Cons: not plug-n-play (using windows 8)...had to do driver installs and configuring (software wise), but this was expected"

    what exactly does this mean if I want to run windows 8?

    thanks again! :hello:
  5. anyone on that dilemma ^^
  6. windows 8 has better options to scale a desktop across multiple screens so its probably your better choice

    The 7770 could be the card. Just check that the mix of connectors on the back will work with your monitors . If your monitor only has DVI you will need display port adapters

    I would tend to spend more on a quieter case
  7. thanks for the reply, I am coming from a macbook so I did want windows 8 as the OS, looks pretty cool to me

    the monitor's I plan to buy have dvi and vga so yes I guess I would need adapters,

    do you have any cases in mind for that price point? the Rosewill challanger any better?

    and just to mention one of the reviews on that video card regarding windows 8

    "Cons: not plug-n-play (using windows 8)...had to do driver installs and configuring (software wise), but this was expected"

    anything to be concerned about?

    thanks again! :D
  8. The rosewill challenger is horrible and cheap
    The Antec P280 is quiet , and kinda huge . About $110 on Newegg

    This Coolermaster Silencio is reasonable priced at $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119250
    The cooling is not fantastic but for your build it will be fine

    Fractal design R3 or R4 are also good cases , but more expensive than the Antec


    Some monitors may have display port connectors . It might pay to reconsider which ones you buy keeping in mind the connectors on the graphics card .

    No graphics card is plug'n'play . They start and run in a basic 2D mode so you can see whats on the screen to help set things up , but then to make them work you install the driver thats on the disk that came with it . Its not a big deal
  9. okay thanks

    this was my case on my first build http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc912kkn1

    would I have issues running dvi to display port and dvi to hdmi adapters? I guess this is the only thing holding up my order is the video card


    okay good to know thanks again for the input man
  10. anyone any final thoughts? have to start ordering parts asap.
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