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March 20, 2013 8:58:19 AM

Okay here is my build. It is my first, and I'm only at 350$ my limit is 400. I just need help finding a cheap computer case. Here are my specs:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ

COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-700 700W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

WD WD Blue WD5000AAKX-FR 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I'm also am going to overclock the cpu to 4.1ghz. Would this work for a cheap build? I just want to play games like skyrim, and games of 2013. I already own the Os, keyboard, mouse, and screen. Tell me your thoughts, have a great day :) 
Oh and could I use 4 gigs of ram instead? I forgot to list the motherboard. it's a :
(GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2 AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard)

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March 20, 2013 9:12:55 AM

That a pretty decent build for the price. As an alternative, I would recommend you at least check out AMD's APUs, as one of those combined with a 7770 makes for a good set-up. Also, a 700W PSU is totally unnecessary, you could get away with a 500 or a 600 watt. Finally, you could easily use 4GB, as having 6GB wouldn't make that much difference.
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March 20, 2013 9:16:48 AM

That's a decent entry level gaming PC that would allow you to play older, less graphically demanding games at medium to high settings as well as newer games at lower detail/resolution settings.You also need a CPU Cooler if you plan on overclocking the cpu a good cheap one like Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus would do.Also that power supply is garbage i would recommend Antec VP-450 or Corsair Builder 430W

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March 20, 2013 9:22:33 AM

kb339 said:
Okay here is my build. It is my first, and I'm only at 350$ my limit is 400. I just need help finding a cheap computer case. Here are my specs:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ

COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-700 700W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

WD WD Blue WD5000AAKX-FR 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I'm also am going to overclock the cpu to 4.1ghz. Would this work for a cheap build? I just want to play games like skyrim, and games of 2013. I already own the Os, keyboard, mouse, and screen. Tell me your thoughts, have a great day :) 
Oh and could I use 4 gigs of ram instead?

for a cheap build, it's okay. Except:
coolmax psu should be replaced by a good quality one. even on cheap build, don't cheap out on the psu. an xfx core edition pro 550w or seasonic s12ii 520c or corsair cx 600 v2 should be better.
for overclocking the phenom to 4.1 ghz, you'll need very good air cooling, case and powerful psu (may be better than the ones i typed, phenom oc experts will know better). i'd recommend an fx4300 instead if you're into overclocking. the fx is newer and easier to oc over 4.1 ghz. as for cooler, coolermaster hyper 212+ or cm hyper 212 evo. both are cheap and decent performing. i dunno if those could sustain a 4.1 ghz phenom ii x4.
case - corsair 200r is a decent, cheap case.
i don't see a motherboard. overclocking benefits from good motherboard. $350 might not be able to fit one like that. asrock 970 extreme4 is a decent one.
edit: no need for triple channel kit. get a 2x 4gb ddr3 1600 kit - most of those are cheap and suitable for your build. corsair (vengeance, xms, value select etc.), gskill make plenty of those. check your motherboard's 'supported memory list' for compatible kits.
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March 20, 2013 9:29:28 AM

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coolmax psu should be replaced by a good quality one. even on cheap build, don't cheap out on the psu. an xfx core edition pro 550w or seasonic s12ii 520c or corsair cx 600 v2 should be better.


I agree, a Coolmax PSU you might as well put a TNT detonator on your PC. :lol: 

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G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ


That RAM is triple channel meant for old X58 systems, it won't work with a dual channel system. Plus the voltages most likely won't match.

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case - corsair 200r is a decent, cheap case.


Actually the Corsair 200R is an excellent low cost case, not a decent cheap one.
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March 20, 2013 9:54:19 AM
March 20, 2013 10:04:54 AM



If gaming is the use of the PC, I would not use a Trinity - I would go for a low end Pentium or an i3 / FX-6300 instead.

Also Diablotek - DO NOT BUY!!! Under any circumstances. One of the absolute worst brands out there. I don't care how cheap their cases are, I wouldn't take them if they were free.
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March 20, 2013 10:09:43 AM

g-unit1111 said:


If gaming is the use of the PC, I would not use a Trinity - I would go for a low end Pentium or an i3 / FX-6300 instead.

Also Diablotek - DO NOT BUY!!! Under any circumstances. One of the absolute worst brands out there. I don't care how cheap their cases are, I wouldn't take them if they were free.
:lol: +1

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