Originally Posted by VirtualStranger
I am currently building a desktop for Gaming/Media/Internet use. I need to maximize my price-to-performance, but still build a system powerful enough to handle almost anything I need. The unit will be part of an entertainment center, so it will be connected to a decent-sized TV.
Case – Antec 300
Motherboard – Asus M4A79XTD EVO
Processor – AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Memory - ???
Graphics Card – ATI HD5770
Opitical Drive – Sony Optiarc Black w/ Lightscribe
CPU Fan/Heatsink -???
PSU - ???
Internal Hard Drives
SSD (Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD 64GB)
HDD (Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD253GJ 250GB)
External Hard Drive
HDD (Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB)
Enclosure (Rosewill RX-358-S BLK(Black)
1. Which memory would you recommend? I am trying to go for 2x2GB DDR3, with the possibility of upgrading to 4x2GB in the future if I ever deem it useful.
2. Which specific model of the Radeon 5770 would you suggest?
3.What would be a good CPU Cooler and PSU.
Feel free to make any suggestions regarding the parts I have already chosen. My decisions aren't completely final. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have already posted similar builds today.
Buying first gaming computer need help
Take a look at my first build suggestion on that thread.
I also suggest a CPU cooler, keyboard, and mouse at the bottom of the post.
#1 CASE CHOICE - Newegg.com - APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - Computer Cases
If I were you, I'd ditch the Antec 300, get an Apex Vortex 3620, it's a much nicer case for everything... (Except airflow...) UNLESS you add a couple fans, then it beats the 300 hands down. (It's $35 with free shipping and is a top tier mid tower.)
Also, for a PSU, the Apex Vortex has NICE combo deals with Seventeam PSUs that I think you should look into.
Otherwise if you never plan on crossfiring a 500w OCZ ModXStream would work. If you plan on crossfiring in the future, go for a 600w+ PSU OCZ ModXstream would work.
(I suggest the OCZ PSUs because there are combo deals with optical drives to get them cheaper.)
If I were you, I'd get the OCZ Black Edition RAM or some other RAM with either 1600Mhz CL8 or 1333 Mhz CL7 from a high end RAM company like Corsair, G. Skill, or Geil.
Whichever 5770 you can combo cheapest.
(Avoid Diamond, go for Powercolor, Sapphire, ASUS, Gigabyte, XFX, HIS)
#5 CPU COOLER
As someone else suggested, go with the Core Contact Freezer by Sunbeam.