$600 moderate gaming

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I will be building a new PC in July and, due to not having any building experience, I wanted to start to get a feel for what I can get with my budget ($600) and what/where I should be buying. During the actual construction I will have the help of a friend who has built systems before, if that is important. I will be using this PC for moderate gaming (WoW on highest possible settings in-budget, Dawn of War II, would like to be able to play new games for the next year or two on at least medium settings if possible), web browsing, and schoolwork in the form of writing/editing documents. Thanks for your help!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: early July

BUDGET RANGE: $600 absolute maximum

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING, internet, writing/editing documents, email, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, OS, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I've heard newegg.com is good, but I'll buy anywhere

PARTS PREFERENCES: don't know enough to prefer

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: need to purchase a monitor, so nothing here

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet would be good
 

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I will be building a new PC in July and, due to not having any building experience, I wanted to start to get a feel for what I can get with my budget ($600) and what/where I should be buying. During the actual construction I will have the help of a friend who has built systems before, if that is important. I will be using this PC for moderate gaming (WoW on highest possible settings in-budget, Dawn of War II, would like to be able to play new games for the next year or two on at least medium settings if possible), web browsing, and schoolwork in the form of writing/editing documents. Thanks for your help!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: early July

BUDGET RANGE: $600 absolute maximum

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING, internet, writing/editing documents, email, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, OS, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I've heard newegg.com is good, but I'll buy anywhere

PARTS PREFERENCES: don't know enough to prefer

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: need to purchase a monitor, so nothing here

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet would be good


CPU/MOBO Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.190738

Antec 300 case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec%20300

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

MEMORY
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231219

4770 GRAPHICS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102835

640GB HARD DRIVE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

SUBTOTAL: $588.89

also $35 in MIR
 
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Ok, that monitor looks good. If I downgraded the case to one that included a 350 watt PSU (see link below) would I run into any problems with the other items you linked? And, I would be able to swap out that PSU for a brand-name if I choose to upgrade, correct? I also don't need nearly that big a hard drive at the moment and could always add another hard drive later if necessary (that case would allow me to, yes? I think that's what it means when it says it has 4 3.5" internal drive bays.). I would use a 160GB hard drive to start with (again, see below), and I don't think this would cause any issues. Would I really be gimping myself by going with that PSU/case downgrade? The hard drive shouldn't be a problem as I should have the funds to upgrade that within a year and I don't see myself hitting the limit in that time, seeing as I don't intend to do any video/photo editing, but I am a bit worried about the case/PSU since it looks like what I want but its very cheap. Overall, this will cut $130 off my costs, letting me buy the monitor and stay in budget. Sorry for the likely confusing post, and thanks very much for your help.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147010

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

Edit: I am ignoring the rebates with regards to budget since I cannot go over and then make up the difference, but will be able to credit the rebates towards upgrades.
 

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LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136152
$24.99
. .
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129042
$69.95
-$15.00 Instant
$54.95
. . AWESOME GAMING CASE w/free shipping

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136098
$49.99
. . FASTER HDD DOUBLE CAPACITY w/free shipping ( after you pay shipping on 160 drive it is only 3-4 dollars more :")

Hanns·G HW-191DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824254005
$139.99
-$20.00 Instant
$119.99
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SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102835

$99.99
. .
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817703018
$59.99
-$10.00 Instant
$49.99
. . BEST PSU company bar none free shipping too

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231122
$54.99 -$7.00 Instant
$47.99
. . GREAT overclocker

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128387
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy

AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core Processor Model AD785ZWCGHBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103678
$183.99
-$5.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo

$148.99
NICE COMBO savings and will overclock usually with a good HSF to 3.3-3.4

Subtotal: $596.88
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Grand Total: $608.52


 

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This thread makes me laugh at steve job's quote "There isn't a computer that's good for under $1000"

Anyway..

I would generally agree with the two guys above.