Is this a good build for around $800 gaming pc?

Hello everyone,

This is my first time building a pc, and I have been reviewing other threads about gaming pcs for this price range, and I feel this is a good setup. All of these prices are from Newegg. I am open to other retailers like tigerdirect, or maybe frys or ultimate electronics if they have a good deal.

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM


Motherboard and OS: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Windows 7 64 bit home premium combo


Ram and PSU: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Combo

$165 - $15 MIR - $10 Coupon for Ram

Processor, GPU, and Free Stalker Game: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Free AMD Gift Coupon - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat PC Game VIVA MEDIA

$360 - $15 MIR

Case with Free SC2: Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Free SC2

$125 - 25 MIR

So totaling everything up I get about $910 - $60 in rebates and coupons, and - $60 because I was going to buy SC2 anyway, and a free $20 Stalker game.

So net in my opinion is $770 :)

The main reason I went for the computer case was because of the SC2 deal meaning the case ends up being $40 . This computer is going to be used for gaming, streaming movies and television to tv, internet, and maybe some basic word / excel stuff. I plan in the future to run another 5770 when needed, and I think I would have to upgrade the PSU at that point also. Any opinions on my build would be thankful. I just want to make sure everything is compatible. Also I am looking for a monitor to go with this build preferably 1080p my current 5 year old Samsung wouldn't do this build justice :)
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    Theres no point of a six core for gaming, unless youre doing encoding or HEAVY multitasking, or running VMs, a Quad would be fine. Besides, you dont need a hard-drive?

    Consider these, the dual could unlock into a quad, while SC2 really like a fast dual core anyways.

    HIS HD5770 + Win 7 $230

    Phenom 555+ OCZ black RAM $175 AR

    ASRock Extreme3 Board: $90
  2. Thanks for the feedback,
    The main reason I picked the six core was because my dad used to build computers and is always one for over the top and recommended it. Also I forgot to throw the link in for the HD, but it is the F3 500gb 7200. I was reading up on unlocking the Phenon 555+, and sounds like there is a possibility to make it quad core, but could be a tri instead, and seems pretty simple. If I unlock it into quad would I need some extra cooling fans? Also was looking at the specs on the Motherboard and if I decide to run dual 5770's in the future it says that 2 run at pci 8x instead of 16x for a single. Does this effect anything majorly?
  3. For mid-range cards like 5770s, X8 is perfectly fine and you wont see a difference, only with 2 5970s you'll see a 5-10% difference.

    And for unlocked 555, you dont need a new fan, the stock fan for the 955 and 555 is identical and can handle up to 3.6Ghz just fine.

    Heres a HDD/PSU combo also, better PSU than the earthwatts and if you want 1TB its pretty cheap:
  4. Its always a good idea to use an aftermarket fan/cooling system for your CPU.
    I've never used the stock fan that it came w/.
    'Unlocking' the Phenom is still a gamble though on what you get, so ready for whatever.
    Running the 2 PCI 8x instead of 1 16x shouldn't really effect anything... other than cable managment.
  5. Awesome thanks for the help and finding me deals. I'm fine with the gamble of possibly just having a dual core because that's really all that I need I think. Now for the fun of putting the computer together
  6. Best answer selected by azmae1987.
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