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Downfall

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 Weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $500-550

SYSTEM USAGE: Word Processing, Surfing the Internet, Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS, Optical Drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None, Except Already Purchased Parts

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1680x1050, 1920x1080



CPU/MOBO: Phenom II X4 955 + MSI 770-C45 - $215 AR, $15 MIR (PURCHASED)
HSF: ?

CASE: Antec 300 - $50 @ Fry's
PSU: ?

MEMORY: OCZ 4GB DDR3 1600 - $42 AR, $30 MIR @ Tigerdirect (PURCHASED)
HD: WDC Black 640GB - $75
GPU: ?
 
This is the cheapest of the core contact coolers (not counting rebates) There's really not a spits worth of difference between the cooling capability of them. In terms of cooling/quiet the choice of fan/fans would have more to do with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004
The Sunbeam core contact is $25 with free shipping after a $15 rebate.

For power supply this OCZ is pretty decent for the price (6-6+2 PCIe) fine for a single card GPU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016
Higher quality, more expensive this Seasonic (2-6 pin)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151040

GPU - HD4870 1GB from XFX $150. With a double lifetime warranty (when registered) is a bonus if/when you sell it to upgrade to a newer GPU over time.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150394

If budget is lower a HD4850 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131162
 

Kithzaru

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I ask this not as an attempt to steal the OP, but just general curiosity and it is related so it would help him out ^^

The three HS's you listed, dirtmountain, the Coolermaster and the Sunbeam have 4 pipes, where the Xigma has only 3, also the fins on the Sunbeam seem larger, would it be accurate to say that the Coolermaster one would cool better than the Xigma, and the Sunbeam would cool better than both?

I have a friend with the OCZ 700 watt Modx and he loves it. So i would totally back that option, though anything from Seasonic is a very good quality.

I have seen 4870's on Egg and Zipzoomfly for 20-30 bucks less for the 512mg version is you get strapped for cash. The DDR5 runs quicker than the DDR3, so i'm not sure if having 1gig of it is as necessary since you are making up for it with higher quality.
 
If you like Intel:

CPU + Motherboard: E5200 + P43 gigabyte combo
GPU: HIS 4670
PSU: 400cx Corsair
Memory: G.Skill Pi Black 2x2gb DDR2 800mhz
HDD: 320gb Western digital or if a Western Digital Black 640gb fits in the budget, get it.
Case: Coolermaster RC-690
 

Downfall

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Thank you for the suggestions, dirtmountain and Kithzaru. And thank you evongugg for the budget Intel system, but as jtt283 said I do have the CPU/MOBO/RAM.

I'm considering the OCZ MXS 500W as it is $34 AR and a HIS 4850 512MB, however as Kithzaru stated GDDR5 would be a plus over GDDR3. With that said should I purchase a Sapphire 4770 512MB (In stock!), as they run cooler and use less watts. Still from a performance/price point of view the 4850 would cost a lot less due to the free shipping.