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Mid-Range Gaming PC... Is it Worthy?

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March 20, 2013 4:54:11 PM

I am building a mid-range gaming pc so I'm wondering if this is a good build, and if all of these parts are compatible.

Case - Xigmatek ASGARD 381 CCC-AD38BT-U03 Black Steel / Plastic / Metal Mesh ATX M

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 Processor 965 (3.4GHz)

Motherboard - ASRock 970 Extreme3

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 7200RPM 3.5" SATA internal hard drive

Graphics Card - Sapphire AMD Radeon HD7770 GHz Edition 1GB DDR5

RAM - Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB 2 x 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3

Optical Drive - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner DVD+R

PSU - Cooler Master 500W ATX
a c 302 4 Gaming
March 20, 2013 5:00:01 PM

Ditch the Cooler master PSU its junk. Get one from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
I personally would get an i3 and a $60ish b75 motherboard and use the saved money to get a gtx650ti. It will be better than the hd7770.
a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2013 5:22:20 PM

true cooler masters are not good, but i think you would be fine. Recommend switching to a corsair cx series though. Probably same price, but higher quality. It really depends on what series though, some cooler master psu's are decent. But i suspect your's is the extreme series which is bad.

If you dont plan on upgrading your cpu, stick with the current build. HOwever as tiny voice suggested, getting an i3 will allow you to upgrade if you are unsatisfied later on
a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2013 5:34:41 PM

I would actually wait for the release the 7790, it should perform better than the 7770 but only slightly more expensive and 7770 prices should drop too, releases thgis weekend
Get a more decent PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $475.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-20 20:33 EDT-0400)
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