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    Default $600 Mid-setting Gaming PC

    Purchase date: within the month

    Budget: $600

    Parts not Required: OS, speakers, mouse, keyboard, case, monitor

    Main Purpose: Moderate setting gaming

    Website Preference: Newegg

    Parts Preference: AMD and ATI

    Overclocking: Yes

    Crossfire: Probably in about 6+ months if my gaming needs intensify

    Parts:
    CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 2.9ghz
    GPU: HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
    Mobo: GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX
    RAM: A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB(2x2GB) DDR3 1600
    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w
    HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 SATA

    I'm fairly set on this build, unless someone can give me alternatives. My main concern is compatibility. I don't want to be missing some glaring fault that would cost me later. I'm open to all suggestions and comments. But my main question is: will this work and do so in a way that will let me game at moderate settings easily? Also, is the PSU able to handle crossfire with some cpu overclocking? An overclocked Athlon II X3(from 2.9 to 3.77) takes 197w at peak and crossfiring 5770s will take 324w peak. I got this info from tomshardware, but I don't intend to over clock that much, maybe just to 3.2-3.4. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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    Default Re: $600 Mid-setting Gaming PC

    There has been some issues with that PSU and Gigabyte boards, but on Intel ones so not sure if that would apply to this build or not but you may want to look at others just in case.

    Artdrivers should be able to help with the rest of your questions about overclocking, he is our AMD Guru here

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    Default Re: $600 Mid-setting Gaming PC

    Thanks for the heads up. I think there was another asus board that was comparable for the same-ish price.

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    Default Re: $600 Mid-setting Gaming PC

    I'd keep the Gigabyte board choice, just pick a different PSU.

    Of course I am a bit biased towards Gigabyte though naturally

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    Default Re: $600 Mid-setting Gaming PC

    The psu was in a psu/hdd combo, so I'll have to see what I can do while keeping the price the same. Thanks for the help.

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    Default Re: $600 Mid-setting Gaming PC

    Not sure where you live at but near me is a Micro Center and they have been offering good combo deals on AMD chips and Gigabyte/Asus motherboards.

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    Default Re: $600 Mid-setting Gaming PC

    GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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