Building gaming desktop

November 20, 2009 at 09:30:26
Specs: Win 7 Prof 64 bit
I've been out of the computer seen for 10 years now, but I'm going to (try to at least) build my first desktop in the next few weeks. I'm trying to make a gaming setup for under $600. I have all the peripherals I need. Here are the specs:

*ASUS M4A77TD Pro AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - $90
*AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - $100
*XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $155
*G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - $110
*Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $50
*SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM - $32
*Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - $90
*XIGMATEK XSF-F1251 120mm Case Fan - $7 x 2
*Windows 7 Prof 64 Bit - $43

I'm a college student, so price reduction is important, but, being a huge RTS fan, I want the thing to be able to handle the higher end games (Supreme Com./Supreme Com. 2) for at least a couple of years. I think I can bum another 4gb of ram and an identical video card with the holiday season coming up.

Does the system seem well balanced? What changes would you recommend? I'm desperately trying to get it under $600 without compromising performance.

Is it worth an extra $50 to go for a quad L3 proc?

Also, I have 3 monitors I wish to use for this one computer. Is such a setup possible with 2 video cards? How about one card with a splitter?

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November 20, 2009 at 10:54:56
U need board with amd 785 chipset,and u don't need ddr3 1600 buy ddr2,and u need atleast 500w psu for hd4870

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November 20, 2009 at 16:17:18
A college student who's "been out of the computer seen for 10 years"? Either you dropped out of the "seen" when you were 8 yrs old, or you're much older than the average college student.

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