Advice on $650 gaming build


BUDGET RANGE: 600 after rebates perferrably.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (sc2 and oblivion), internet, schoolwork

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case



PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD and ATI but open to suggestions

OVERCLOCKING: maybe in future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe in future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hi guys i was wondering if these parts will all work together no problem, mainly can the MOBO handle the 1600 memory (it says it supports 1600 OC)? and also if i use the USB 3.0 or sata3 in the future with and SDD for instance, wil that make the dual PCI express unusable? And if theres a better build/parts for this price range that will be helpful too. Thanks a lot.

DVD Burner - $24
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support - OEM

Motherboard - $90
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM - 105
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

HDD and PSU combo - $125 after rebates
Combo - Spinpoint f3 1TB HDD and Corsair 650W PSU

GPU and CPU combo - $290 after rebates and $10 promotional gift card
Combo - GPU Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) and CPU AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE

Total: $623
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  1. Hi,

    Your board only supports 1333 oc'ed to 1600/1800 RAM. So it'll basically just downgrade it to 1333 Mhz. I would recommend a lower speed RAM or a different motherboard.

    The HD5770 is a good card, and scales well in CF.

    Your PSU is one of the best in the market and is good enough for SLI/CF it will definitely keep for a future build/upgrade.

    I'm not entirely sure about what you were asking about the SSD drive making your dual PCI express unusable.

    Hope this helped!
  2. I'd stay away from ASrock, foxconn, any of those cheaper motherboards. You're safer getting Asus/MSI/gigabyte.

    I'd reccomend Asus, and you should be able to combo your mobo with RAM to save another 20/30 dollars
  3. You might consider downgrading your CPU to the Phenom II X2 or X3 and try unlocking a core or two. This will save some money as you can find the X2 for under $100 and might be all you need for gaming and light internet work.

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor
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