Computer $500-$700 kind of confused


Jun 19, 2009
Ok, so I have decided to build a computer for the first time due to being convinced by several friends. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing internet, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD processor and ATI graphics card

OVERCLOCKING: If I can figure out how the to do it then I will or if one of my friends knows how they could do it I guess...

MONITOR RESOLUTION: minimum 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have parts picked out but not sure if they're quality parts or whether they're compatible with each other

Here are the parts i've picked out:

Case - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard - ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Processor- AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Memory - Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339

Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Optical Drive - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM

OS - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Your basic system is fine but the video card is a dinosaur . Dont expect to play recent games on it at high resolutions .

If you cant afford a better card now then use the onboard gfx of that motherboard for a while till you can spend $100 or so on a 4850 or 4770 as a minimum

[ have a look at tomshardware best gfx card for the money articles ]