$750 Gaming Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: July-August BUDGET RANGE: 750ish( less is better :D)


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Cheaper the better so I dont really care. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA, CA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Again, best value for the $$$

OVERCLOCKING: Probably SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future, if I get the money.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would prefer it to have SATA III/USB 3.0 for future proofing. I heard that the LGA1156 socket will not be used as soon as Sandy Bridge comes out, so I guess I dont want to be stuck with a defunct board from the get go. I need a case too, but there are SO many options and I don't know which one to choose. I would like a case in the 25-50 dollar range. I really don't care what it looks like. I have an old dell precision 620, and i was wondering if i could use the case?

CPU/GPU Combo: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727
ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Total: $719.94

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  1. There is not much difference between a 965 and 955. How about downgrading, while at the same time upgrading to a 5830?


    Also you haven't listed a case or optical drive.
  2. Just edited it, I can scrounge an optical drive out of my old machine, and the case I was looking for a recommendation. Also, I was looking for a good mobo, because I really dont know much about AMD mobo's and their various differences.
  3. I thought you chose a good one there. The Gigabyte board will do fine. Here's another:

    As for a case, the CM 690 is a good budget choice
  4. How are Rosewill cases? Because there is one that is pretty cheap. The CM 690 is a little pricey.

    Rosewill R220

    I wonder if I can just rip everything out of my old dell case and stick everything in there? There are plenty of empty fan openings and I know a shop where I can pick em up for 50 cents or so.
  5. Looks cheap and thin but the main issue is only one fan.

    How about a nice Asus board in combo with a slightly better case?

    If your existing case is ATX spec and such, yes it may work.
  6. Why not a mobo like


    Has all of the features and its ~100
  7. He wanted the crossfire option, the second slot on 870 boards only runs at X4.
  8. Combo Antec 900 case, hard drive and 650W PSU: $140.00.

  9. Thanks for the answers guys! Proximon, I found that case combo quite good, for me and my wallet(which i guess is my most important concern :D ) evonugg, that combo looks quite interesting hdd for free! I definitely have quite a bit to think about, I will edit if I get to a conclusion soon.
  10. This is what I went with for my 750 Build.
    Came to 722 shipped, With combos, and before MIR.

    # 1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    # 1 x LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM
    # 1 x AMD Gift - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon
    # 1 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    # 1 x AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
    # 1 x XIGMATEK HDT-SD964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler
    # 1 x Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    # 1 x Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
    # 1 x MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    # 1 x MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready
  11. The Asus board I linked a while back just won excellent reviews at [H]:
  12. So Prox you are saying that it is a bad board?
  13. No sorry I must be thinking phonetically today. Was supposed to be WON not ONE.

  14. ok thanks, it was confusing me a little and now its cleared up.
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