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Building my first (AMD~$700)

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I'm building my first computer, for gaming and general use. My budget target was $700, not including a monitor.

CPU - Phenom II x4 955BE
CPU Cooler - Coolermaster Hyper TX3
Case - Coolermaster Elite 430
Graphics Card - XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2gb DDR3 1333Mhz Cas 8
PSU - Corsair 650tx
Motherboard - ASRock 870 Extreme3
CD/DVD - Asus 24x SATA
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA 6.0gbps
Fans - 2xRosewill Sleeve fans, 1xBlue LED rifle bearing fan
Wireless - Edimax g/b/n USB wireless adapter

Total Price - $695

I have $200 left for a small LCD monitor and *possibly* a second hard drive so I can run Windows 7 on one and Linux Mint on the other

The parts are ordered and will be here on thursday. What are your opinions on this? Will it be decent for things like TF2, Minecraft, Crysis 1, Metro 2033, CS 1.6, Dirt 3, Company of Heroes, etc? Also, anyone know any decent monitors in the $120 range?

Thanks,
Fritterdonut

EDIT: Forgot to mention I'll probably do a 5-10% overclock... Should stay cool enough for a small overclock, no?
Edited by Fritterdonut - 7/19/11 at 10:53pm
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB, WD Caviar 500GB ASUS 24x dvd/cd read/write Windows 7/ Linux Mint BenQ 24" HDMI 
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You don't need two Hard drives to run two different OS, you just need to partition your Hard Drive. Also yes you will be able to play those games on your computer. ( depends on the certain game if you will be able to max it or not, also your monitor's resolution will be a factor )
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009261

This is a great monitor, I have two of them. A little more, but we are talking crisp 1080p.
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I have that cpu and that mobo and I think they are a great combination, ive also used the tx 3 and its an decent little cooler in imo and yes you will be able to play those games on very nice settings Hope this helps ya
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All in all, my rig has cost me just over 700. but yours looks better thn mine. lol
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You don't need two Hard drives to run two different OS, you just need to partition your Hard Drive. Also yes you will be able to play those games on your computer. ( depends on the certain game if you will be able to max it or not, also your monitor's resolution will be a factor )
I know I can partition, but I'd rather run linux from another drive and leave the windows MBR alone. Previous experience says that is the best course of action.
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DDR3 1333 cas8 RAM is usually not at good value and except on certain kits binned just as bad as generic 1333 Cas9 RAM.

this kit is better for price

There are other better parts you can buy for the price. i.e. ASUS M5A97 $90 shipped, Samsung F3 1TB + DVD drive - $70 + shipping (scroll down), Rosewill RG630W PSU, NZXT M59,


Spend the extra money you save on a better video card or save for the AMD FX series CPU
Edited by xd_1771 - 7/20/11 at 11:18am
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DDR3 1333 cas8 RAM is usually not at good value and except on certain kits binned just as bad as generic 1333 Cas9 RAM.

this kit is better for price

There are other better parts you can buy for the price. i.e. ASUS M5A97 $90 shipped, Samsung F3 1TB + DVD drive - $70 + shipping (scroll down), Rosewill RG630W PSU, NZXT M59, Hyper 212+

Spend the extra money you save on a better video card or save for the AMD FX series CPU
Well unfortunately the parts are already ordered. I've seen the ASUS mobo, but it's a no-go because I might want to Crossfire. As for the HD+DVD drive, it's a good deal, but I wanted to order most of the parts off newegg, other than some small things from local shops. The Rosewill PSU is a good deal, wish I had seen it .
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB, WD Caviar 500GB ASUS 24x dvd/cd read/write Windows 7/ Linux Mint BenQ 24" HDMI 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 500GB, WD Caviar 500GB ASUS 24x dvd/cd read/write Windows 7/ Linux Mint BenQ 24" HDMI 
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post #9 of 9
I was too late!? Dangit, the value could have been so much better. And superbiiz is an online store akin to newegg. You should cancel and reorder some items I.e. Ram hdd DVD psu
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