I'm building a little gaming machine... is this ok?

Hi,

I have a MacBook Pro that I use for almost everything but gaming and I'm thinking on building a PC so that I can install Windows 7 and some games, I'm thinking on choosing AMD, cand you take a look at these and see if everything ok!? Are these the right pieces? Are they all compatible? Oh! And what cooler to choose?

Case -> Antec Three Hundred
PSU -> Corsair TX-650W
HDD -> Samsung 500 GB SATA II Spinpoint F3
Motherboard -> Asus M4A79XTD EVO
CPU -> AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE AM3
RAM -> Gskill DDR3 PC12800 Ripjaws 4GB F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 9-9-9-24-2N
Graphics -> XFX ATI HD5770 850M 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E


thanks a lot for your help.


PS: I'm from Portugal.
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  1. Well after reading a little, I'm thinking on swaping the CPU for an AMD Athlon II X4 620 AM3 and get a better graphic card an Asus ATI EAH5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E. For gaming the graphics are more important than the CPU right!?
  2. follow the template sticky. you haven't given us any information...

    1. do you want to overclock?
    2. what games do you want to play and what resolution?
    3. budget
  3. ^ That would be a good option...But even this would be better - AMD X3 720
    It has a good amount of L3 cache, that would help in gaming performance...And if you know to/ would like to try overclocking, it would be even better...
  4. tarquinbiscuitbarrel said:
    follow the template sticky. you haven't given us any information...

    1. do you want to overclock?
    2. what games do you want to play and what resolution?
    3. budget



    I'm sorry, I don't want to overclock, and I want to play the new ones, GTA IV, Street Fighter 4, PES 2010, FIFA 2010, CoD, etc... I didn't give a budget because I live in Portugal and the prices will not be the same.


    Thanks
  5. gkay09 said:
    ^ That would be a good option...But even this would be better - AMD X3 720
    It has a good amount of L3 cache, that would help in gaming performance...And if you know to/ would like to try overclocking, it would be even better...


    Thanks for your help, something like this

    Case -> Antec Three Hundred
    PSU -> Corsair TX-650W
    HDD -> Samsung 500 GB SATA II Spinpoint F3
    Motherboard -> Asus M4A79XTD EVO
    CPU -> AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE AM3
    RAM -> Gskill DDR3 PC12800 Ripjaws 4GB F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 9-9-9-24-2N
    Graphics -> Asus ATI EAH5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E


    Is this better?
    And what about the cooler, what do I choose? And is the memory ok, should I choose another one!?
  6. ^Well if you dont want to overclock, then its better you get this CPU - X4 955 - Though it would cost a bit more, but has 4 cores, stock spped at 3GHz, good amount of L3 cache and is a Quad...
    The X4 620 might hold back in some games because of the absence of the L4 cache and the X3 720 would be a good option if it is overclocked to atleast 3-3.2GHz...

    And you wont need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you wont overclock...
  7. Will you be adding one more HD 5850 later on ?
    If NO, then I would suggest this - You can drop down to a Gigabyte 770 UD3P mobo, which would be enough for your needs...So with the money saved, you can get that Quad...
  8. gkay09 said:
    Will you be adding one more HD 5850 later on ?
    If NO, then I would suggest this - You can drop down to a Gigabyte 770 UD3P mobo, which would be enough for your needs...So with the money saved, you can get that Quad...


    I don't know, I was thinking on getting a new 5850 later on, but maybe it will never happen.

    And what about an Intel machine, is this any better? (But with this one I would have to have the 5770) :(

    Case -> Antec Three Hundred
    PSU -> Corsair TX-650W
    HDD -> Samsung 500 GB SATA II Spinpoint F3
    Motherboard -> Asus P7P55D
    CPU -> Intel Core i5 750
    RAM -> Gskill DDR3 PC-12800 NQ 4GB
    Graphics -> Asus ATI EAH5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
  9. 5850 for a more serious gaming rig ...
  10. batuchka said:
    5850 for a more serious gaming rig ...


    So is this one better, with an AMD processor that I can later on swap for a Quad and add a new HD 5850 without any problems!?

    Case -> Antec Three Hundred
    PSU -> Corsair TX-650W
    HDD -> Samsung 500 GB SATA II Spinpoint F3
    Motherboard -> Asus M4A79XTD EVO
    CPU -> AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE AM3
    RAM -> Gskill DDR3 PC12800 Ripjaws 4GB F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 9-9-9-24-2N
    Graphics -> Asus ATI EAH5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
  11. Ya the 720BE is good to go cos the HD 5850 to put into perspective is a superior card than GTX 285 ...and that would gain you a respectable frame output in games a little longer until something that makes Crysis look small comes along lol
  12. batuchka said:
    Ya the 720BE is good to go cos the HD 5850 to put into perspective is a superior card than GTX 285 ...and that would gain you a respectable frame output in games a little longer until something that makes Crysis look small comes along lol


    And from what I've read the Intel motherboards (at least the ones with the P55 chipset) can't do crossfire at full speed, the second slot will allways be slower. And with this setup, the AMD Phenom II X3+ HD 5850, later on I can swap the CPU for an AMD Quad Core and get a second 5850 and get a good machine, isn't it?
  13. Yes it can take in better chips but really games are more coded to be GPU intensive for the most part and a tricore with a great card will see you do fine
  14. batuchka said:
    Yes it can take in better chips but really games are more coded to be GPU intensive for the most part and a tricore with a great card will see you do fine
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/total.png


    Thanks a lot for your help :-)
  15. You are welcomed ^^
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