<$800 gaming build

So I struck out to build a gaming PC <$800

I will be resuing a full tower, 22" inch montior 1680x1050, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

I would like very quiet PC. I chose the barracuda, CPU cooler, and PSU all for their relative performance/value/sound levels.

How loud is the GPU I have here?

Everything priced on newegg.com. Check Amazon and TigerDirect, but didn't see anything better priced.

8 gb of memory may be a bit high, but I have 4 DDR2 slots to fill on the Mobo and want more than 4gb.

Here's what I have:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0ghz

Motherboard: Biostar TA790 GXB AM2+ (no SLI or Crossfire) 4 DDR2 slots up to 1066

CPU + MB - $202

GPU: eVGA GeForce GTX 260 Superclocked

Memory: 8 GBs DDR2 1066 OCZ Reaper HPC

GPU + 4gb Memory: $202
Additional 4gb Memory: $44.99

Cooler: Coolmaster Hyper tx2


PSU: 700 watt OCZ ModXStream Pro 80 Plus certified




Wireless Card: ENCORE ENLWI-N PCI 2.3 Wireless Adapter - Retail


OS: Windows Vista Home Premium w/ free upgrade to 7


Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 tb


Total cost pre-mail-ins: 879.51
Total cost after mail-ins: 779.51

What do you think? Biggest weakpoint IMO is the motherboard...but that's a major $$$ saver (Bundled with the CPU, only costs me $10).
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  1. Please edit your post into the format shown here
    It gives us alot more information to work with to suggest parts. Also please link the parts you are thinking about so we can find cheaper versions of a similar part.
  2. forget the baracuda, get the wd or thew samsung
    unless you plan some pretty extreme overclocks, get a cheaper quad
    i hope vista is x64 or ull be missing 5gb of ram
    u wont use 8gb, might i suggest 4gb in dc
  3. Why the advice against the barracuda? It doesn't seem any pricier, good reviews, low sound levels?

    Is there a reliability issue?
  4. The WD Caviar Black is a bit more expensive but is also one of the faster drives out there today
    And for gaming you have no need for 8 GB of RAM, you wont see a benefit above 4GB of ram.
  5. Any thoughts on the motherboard? That is my chief concern.

    Would I be better off with a slower CPU better motherboard? If so why?

    Thanks for your help.
  6. I recently build a computer for a friend with that motherboard. It is actually a pretty good motherboard. The onboard graphics is not bad and is HDCP. According to Newegg you are actually paying $20.00 for it not $10.00 although still definitely worth it.
  7. I'd look at a mobo that supports am3 and crossfire like the gigabyte ud4p
  8. i meant, a 720,810,920 would give you more room to spend on graphics, you might buy a cheaper quad and get a gtx275
  9. I have this motherboard/processor setup and I can't get my GTX285 to work with it for the life of me.. and i've been researching it forever. Be careful if you go with this motherboard-
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