New Gaming/Work PC Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: ~800 Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing, student work like word, excel etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical drive


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD Phenom II X4 955, Radeon HD 5770


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (monitor works great)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already did a little research on and found some good deals.... there are a few things that I'm not sure about, like the power supply wattage and stuff.

AMD Phenom II 955 Cpu & Gigabyte 790gx Mobo

Radeon HD 7550 Gpu & Corsair CMPSU-750HX Psu (I don't really know good power supplies. Anybody care to advise on my choice?)

OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM (picked the cheapest on this one)

CM 690 Case & WD Caviar Black 640 GB Hdd

Sub-Total = $ 729.93

As I said... I picked the cheapest RAM and a mid-priced PSU (for better than average performance) because I don't really know which ones are good. If anybody can help, I would really appreciate that.

With my budget, that leaves me around 70 bucks to tweak around and find the best build. Since this is my first build, I have no experience doing so, which leaves it to the gurus like you guys out here... haha.

Anyway, my original plan was to wait for Black Firday because I expect there'd be some good deals on newegg. But I thought not everything can be given discounts especially on quick-selling items. What do you guys think? If there shouldn't be any extremely budget-saving sale on newegg, I would just buy the computer now, as the combo deals are good enough money-saving for me.
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  1. For that resolution, you should get a 5850.

    AMD Phenom II X4 955
    Combo Price: $240.98

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1333mhz CL7 - $89.99 <-- lower timings

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W - $79.99

    DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB - $289.99

    Same Case + Hard drive combo

    Total after rebates = $770.93
  2. Would 5770 do fine though? I was actually looking for something more of a mid-performance gpu.

    And about the PSU, would 550W be enough to power it all? I thought faster cpus and newer gpus use more power.
  3. Depends on what you want to play, you won't be able to play games like Crysis on high settings at that resolution. Since this is primarily a gaming rig, you should get the best graphics card that you can afford.

    As for the PSU, it's quite the opposite actually, they require less power so the 550W is plenty if you'll be running only one graphics card.
  4. no, new gpu's and cpu consume less power, opose to the older quad cores and 8800 nvidia series, 550 corsair will actually do 600 if need it, because it does double the out put under load, any ways, look at the Asus evo 790x its a great mother board to over clock your cpu and get the most out of it. also +1 on 5850, 5770 its ok but its not better than a older 4870 so consider the 5850 for a little more, I usually recomend wating 2 more weeks if you can get at least $200 more, it will do alot better with 1000, you will be able to get i5 which is better in performance but its your call.

    CPU & Motherboard:








    Grand Total:* $830

    notice that like i said with like $70 more 5850 is available and its a huge performance for just $70, also after the $70 and a little more core i5 is available, but if not that build i did its great.
  5. For some reason, I prefer AMD over Intel for desktop computers... maybe because a lot of my friends with custom build computers use AMD. And for this reason, i'm more biased in considering build's build.

    so picking the 5850 is not really in my original plan but i am considering it. i'm reading some of the reviews now...
  6. i think i will go with the 5770... it's cheaper and provides basic gaming performance for my needs...

    after some thinking here's my plan. get a 5770 and have a go at a few games. if needs be then i'll crossfire it. its a bit expensive but i think it suits me best in the long run.
  7. If you can scrounge up the extra $100 from somewhere or even just wait until you get another $100, the 5850 is a better option for your gaming computer. Or, if money is the issue, why not look at a 4890, which is more powerful than the 5770?
  8. i guess my only issue with picking the 5850 is that if you had extra 30 bucks then you could've bought 2x 5770 which in crossfire has better performance over the 5850.
  9. lol, you right, but 1 5850 will have enough performance for any game in the fallowing 6 months, after that another 5850( by then cheaper) will help you stay still in the game.
  10. 5850 is probably the way to go then...

    thanks for the advice, guys... really appreciate it.. got a lot of help from u guys on my first build
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