$800 Gaming Build - Please rate, 1st time builder

Hi guys! 1st time post:



BUDGET RANGE: ~800 (950 is too much)



PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg/Tigerdirect, willing to go other if the price is right.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Open to anything.

OVERCLOCKING: Most likely not, I don't know how.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future if needed.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 prefered

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1st time building a computer, any and all advice is appreciated.


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor (see below for price)

GPU: Diamond Radeon HD 5770 (Bundled with CPU on Tiger Direct = $349.00)

OS: Win 7 Home Premium on Tiger Direct = $100.00 with coupon HSP1885 )

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $109.99 with $15MIR)

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply $59.99 after $15.00 MIR)

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ $109.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

Optical: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $26.99

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99

CPU cooler: Do I really need one?

Grand Total: $854 with shipping after applying bing cashback for Tiger Direct and Newegg roughly.

Any suggestions, thoughts, comments are appreciated. I will probably be back on the forums after I get all the parts to figure out how to put it together. Thanks in advance!

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  1. If gaming is your primary use, you could save $80 by getting a 555 Black Edition CPU, Besides its easily unlocked to a quad anyway. You could put the savings in a 5830 GPU maybe?

    Games don't require quads.
  2. OMG, you guy's get way better deals on the US Newegg... :((

    For Free shipping section has so much.

    Anyway, here's my thoughts, all from the free shipping section except for the optical with is 0.99 :~|

    $745 Plus theres $35 MIR's

    I left the case out of the build because there's too much debate about cases. I know antec are the best, but the one and only case I will ever own is the SMilidon. So the MIR's plus the excess budget will get you a really nice case to complete.

    THis most important thing about this rig is, the Mobo is a True x16 crossfire (X16 x X16) not x8 x8

    ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

    Link not necessary
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

    ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    -$8.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    Link not necessary
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision Model HDZ555WFGMBOX

    Link not necessary, same as above

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
    -$40.00 Instant
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    Grand Total: $678.94

    I wish I lived in the US...
  3. Trimms said:
    CPU cooler: Do I really need one?

    Other than what everyone else has been mentioning about the rest of the hardware, YES! you must have a CPU cooler. The technology of modern CPUs generate an amount of heat that cannot be handled without a cooler. If you turn on a computer without a cooler, it is likely that the CPU would burn out in approximately 5 seconds time.

    You can do some google hunting to find out what would fit your CPU/Motherboard final choice and see what fits your needs/style/budget.
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