First time Build $1200 budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within next two weeks

BUDGET: <$1200 (this needs to include taxes and shipping)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, MW2, DA: O, ME2, LFD2, RPGs, and RTS), Movies, Multi-tasking (common apps), Music, Web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard (Logitech G15), Mouse(Logitech G9), OS (Win 7 64bit), Monitor (Asus 24'')


PARTS PREFERENCES: I've always been an AMD/ATI guy, but I'm trying to get the best bang for my buck, so I'm open.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first build so please don;t be too harsh =P

The parts I chose so far are:


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Hard Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Graphics Card

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

CPU Cooler

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

PSU & DVD-RW (Combo)

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model


CPU & Mobo (Combo)

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

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


The subtotal is 1053.90

+ tax 75.95

+ shipping 31.50

=$1161.38 (as of 1/26/10)

Please tell me what you think and feel free to suggest any improvements or changes.
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  1. Best answer
    Very nice build, you could however save some cash by going with the AMD 955 BE, it's a little slower yet all you would need to do is up the multiplier one notch and you'll have the 965 BE
  2. +1
    Also if it were me, I'd try and get RAM with lower Cas Latency, but you can always set it lower in the Bios.
  3. Thanks guys, so you think I'll have a pretty solid build with these parts? I was up in the air with a i5 build vs. the AMD, but I figured I'd be better off going with AMD since I was trying to save money.
  4. I would say the only possible way to get an i5 750 into the budget would be to go down to the 5850. So I think you made the right call.
  5. just bought the msi 790fx gd 70 board last week. really like it alot. might give that one some thought. really good for tweaking. i have a 710 triple core (non black edition)a full 1000mhz over stock with this board. great O.C.s with this board. 4 X16 slots is nice too. and the 955 is a better deal since the new c3 versions clock up so well. getting a 955 next pay day to complement the new msi board. confident i can have the 955 clocked to 4.0 or more since i'm under water. otherwise good pile of parts. should "make it jump, esse!"
  6. buy some fans.
  7. bababablazin said:
    buy some fans.

    I figured the case had enough fans for ventilation unless I wanted to put smaller ones on the side door. I figured the cpu cooler and video cards stock fan would be enough to keep the system stable. Should I really buy more fans?
  8. I don't agree that more fans are needed, at least not until you've set it all up and tried it out and found out that you aren't satisfied with the temps. But the HAF is one of the best cooling cases, so that is unlikely.
  9. Alright guys, thanks. Waiting on my paycheck and then I'll pull the trigger. Thanks again for your opinion and advice guys. I'll be sure to follow up with how it goes.
  10. Best answer selected by mfb236.
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