$800 Gaming PC

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week. BUDGET RANGE: 800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I had a hard time deciding between an E8500, Phenom II x3 720 or Phenom II x4 940. Still undecided.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe / No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 Plan on upgrading my current monitor in a few months to a year.

This is my first build and was hoping to get some feedback. I would like to know if anyone sees any major issues with these components.
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AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387

EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130370

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173



 

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Good choice of CPU/mobo, and I like that case a lot. Solid build, only thing's I'd question are whether you need that much GPU with your monitor at that resolution. If you're upgrading that soon as well its a moot point.

Upgrade the HDD to the 32MB Black

Also, if youre not going to go multi-gpu that PSU is probably overkill, but I'll let someone else recommend a lower wattage. I'm not yet versed in that :p
 
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Hey, hope you dont mind if I step in. I actually just started my own thread, but I was reading this, and it is almost exactly what I was thinking for a possible setup for myself. I was thinking the same mobo, cpu, ram, case, and hd. My only concern was it is not ddr3 capable. What are your thoughts about ddr3? I was also considering the 720 or 955 because of ddr3. Is it a big deal, or should I not worry about it now.
 

drunknmunkys

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Hey, hope you dont mind if I step in. I actually just started my own thread, but I was reading this, and it is almost exactly what I was thinking for a possible setup for myself. I was thinking the same mobo, cpu, ram, case, and hd. My only concern was it is not ddr3 capable. What are your thoughts about ddr3? I was also considering the 720 or 955 because of ddr3. Is it a big deal, or should I not worry about it now.

From what I've read DDR3 doesn't really improve your speed much, and right now it's definately not worth the premium if you can use DDR2 1066 instead.
 


The premium you speak of is about 10 bucks. Over the last two months, DDR2 has RISEN in price while DDR3 had dropped.

Think about it. i5 will be out in September and will be exclusively DDR3. Future AMD chipsets and CPUs will be DDR3.

I'm fine saving a few bucks, but with the AM3 MB price where it is and DDR3 now reasonable I think the choice is obvious. Don't buy last years RAM when you can buy next years.
 

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+1 Proximon, i'm thinking about building a rig for my self, that's gonna be amd and i will definitely will go with ddr3, you won't feel big difference, but probably while overclocking you can get something from it. and that difference isn't so big, so why stick to old stuff when you can get new technologies for the same price. i think that am3 procesors in near feature will be able to work with ddr3 better, and providing better results everywhere. and though ddr3 wont change to ddr4 or ddr5 in near feature...