First AMD Gaming Rig $1300~$1400

I'm getting paid soon and I was planning on building my first gaming rig with the money.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next one or two months.

BUDGET RANGE: $1300-$1400


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker, ODD, HDD, OS






MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 if possible



I already chose some of the components that would go onto the build. As for the rest of the components, I'm undecided.

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition ($296)
Note:The reason why I went with this processor was because it was cheap. 6 cores for just 300 bucks. This will also serve as future proof.

Video Card
XFX 5870 1GB ($390 + $3 shipping)

CORSAIR 950TX ($140/$130 after rebate + $6 shipping)
Note:The reason I went with this PSU is because I was thinking maybe I would go into the overclocking field in the future and maybe I'll be doing crossfiring or sli, but as of now, I'm not. Also maybe ATI or Nvidia might be releasing some power-hungry cards in the future? I don't want to keep buying new PSUs since it's going be a waste of money. That's why I'm going with a PSU that is powerful for future video cards/overclocking/sli or crossfire but not so low that it will make me purchase a new PSU. The price difference between this PSU and the other lower PSUs isn't that big either. Regardless, too much isn't a bad thing right?

Motherboard: Undecided.

RAM: Undecided. Preferably 4GB (2x2GB). And is 1600 or 1333 better for this build?

Monitor: Undecided. Preferably a 23.5'' ~ 24'' LCD LED Backlit monitor if possible. If LED Backlit is not possible, regular LCD will be fine. OR if the monitor is getting the way of the budget, feel free to exclude this component from the rig. I'll just be using my old one and try to get a new one in the future. But I would like a new monitor that could fit into this budget.

Case: Undecided.

All that sums up to about $834.70. Have about $565 left for the rest of the components.

Suggestions and feedback are welcomed. Thanks in advance.
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  1. For gaming??

    Knock that CPU down to a X4 955. Most games are still dual core, six is nowhere near usable. No such thing as future proof, the one I suggest is still pretty good. (and practically the same per core) By the time games regularly use 6 I think you'll have moved on CPU wise. And if after you're done the money left is enough to get a better graphics card I think you should go for it. Much more important to gaming.

    For the RAM either is good. Whatever's cheaper/better. My personal preference is on whatever actually uses the standard 1.5v for DDR3. But 1.65v is still okay for most motherboards.

    Monitor, I prefer 16:10 to 16:9 aspect ratio, I don't know if there are LED ones that do that. They're kinda new.

    Case: HAF 922, it's pretty awesome. I got compliments for it from someone who owns a Cosmos, which is at least double the $100 price tag.


  2. I'll keep all those suggestions in mind.

    Also did I make a good choice on the PSU or is that too much?
  3. If i am looking at a Thuban : 1055T + high end air cooler and clock away :P
    $1212AR off egg Stick to single GPU solutions and upgrade as per needs/requirements of games tomorrow

    Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm CPU Cooler $60
    $1272AR Grand Total
    CPU coolers get a tad overpriced on Egg zzz...
  4. Could you make a wishlist with all those items and post the link so I could view them individually? It would make my life easier. Thanks :)
  5. Thanks and sorry for the trouble. :P
  6. Twas me pleasure - and happy shopping/building ^^
  7. Anyone else has any other suggestions?
  8. Try this memory. It's optimized for AMD systems, which are not as voltage-limited as intel systems are. It has very tight timings and is very fast. I've been very pleased with it.
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