Need help with building my first budget gaming rig

Hey guys, Im looking to build a new computer which I will be using mostly for web browsing and gaming (Starcraft 2). I decided to opt for AMD as I am on a budget. I have never really pieced a build together and therefore I dont have much knowledge when it comes to building a budget gaming rig. I decided to go with the AMD Phenom™ II X4 965 Black Edition. Micro center has some pretty good bundle deals with mobo's and I'm unsure which one to buy. I ideally would like to spend no more than $230 for the cpu and mobo combo therefore excluding the last mobo option (M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 890) unless that mobo is far much superior than the others and then ill try consider it. Or if you think the Phenom is overkill and I could save more money by just opting for the Athlon series please let me know. Also if there is a particular RAM that would go well with this build. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!


Here is the link to all the combos: http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

Parts I currently bought:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion
Antec BP 550 Modular PSU
WD Caviar Blue 500GB
512MB Video Card (My friend is providing me with a free one. Forgot the brand. Im willing to use this for now as I can upgrade this later)
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  1. ^ For your need, IMO you wont need AMD Phenom...
    Get the AMD Athlon II X4 640 with the 870A-G54 Socket AM3 870 ATX**
    It is a good MSI board and for a single card config, it would suffice...
  2. What is the model of the graphic card ? And your monitor's resolution ?
    Even if you have a powerful CPU and a very weak graphic card, then your PC might not offer very good gaming performance...
  3. I cant recall the model of the graphics card. I know that its an older 512MB card. I know I will probably only be able to play on medium settings until I buy a better card to replace it, but in the meantime I am fine with just having this card in there since my friend is giving it to me for free and I kind of just want to get my computer up and running.

    I actually do not have a monitor as well but I will most likely buy a monitor with a resolution of 1920 x 1080
  4. oh and btw I guess 870 ATX is no longer in stock :/
  5. ^ Hmm, then get the ASUS one - M4A87TD/USB3
    That last board is not required if you will not be going Crossfire...
  6. I don't think ANY 512 card will handle 1920x1080 very well.
  7. It would be really useful to know what that graphics card is: a) an old pooch can only run so fast, and b) Crossfire isn't relevant if it's a nVidia board. Of course, your BP550 is fine for a single card, but likely is not suitable for multiple GPUs (a pair of lower powered GPUs it could handle would be better replaced by a single, more powerful card).

    Screwy, granted my games are older (e.g. Guild Wars), but I've been running at 1920x1080 with a 512MB HD4850 and staying pegged at 60FPS. That wouldn't be true with the latest FPS, but it's going to depend on the games and what settings are acceptable.
  8. ScrewySqrl said:
    I don't think ANY 512 card will handle 1920x1080 very well.


    My brother right now has a 512MB card bc his card went to poop so he is using his friends and his resolution is either 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 and he currently plays SC2 on medium settings
  9. Onus said:
    It would be really useful to know what that graphics card is: a) an old pooch can only run so fast, and b) Crossfire isn't relevant if it's a nVidia board. Of course, your BP550 is fine for a single card, but likely is not suitable for multiple GPUs (a pair of lower powered GPUs it could handle would be better replaced by a single, more powerful card).

    Screwy, granted my games are older (e.g. Guild Wars), but I've been running at 1920x1080 with a 512MB HD4850 and staying pegged at 60FPS. That wouldn't be true with the latest FPS, but it's going to depend on the games and what settings are acceptable.


    Ok so I just asked my friend about this graphics card and this is the one he has. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143071)

    I do not plan on crossfiring. What do you guys think about the combo deal with the ASUS mobo? (M4A87TD/USB3) Is that a good deal or is there a better alternative for $230?
  10. wow...a a 7950? I haven't seen one of those in years. They were ungodly fast back in 2007, but probly only about the equal of a GTS 260 now. Should be able to run DX 9 stuff great, won't do DX 10 or 11.
  11. ScrewySqrl said:
    wow...a a 7950? I haven't seen one of those in years. They were ungodly fast back in 2007, but probly only about the equal of a GTS 260 now. Should be able to run DX 9 stuff great, won't do DX 10 or 11.


    Huh? sorry you kinda lost me.. DX 9, DX 10 or 11?
  12. the 7950 is a DirectX 9.0 only card, It won't do Direct X 10 or 11, which are newer graphics protocols.
  13. ohhh ok gotcha.. thanks!
  14. oh and btw I dont mind spending the extra $60 if the Phenom II X4 965 is more "future proof" than the Athlon II X4 640.

    So do you think the Phenom combo with the ASUS mobo (M4A87TD/USB3) is a good deal? I will be making my purchase on Sunday
  15. If you are willing to wait a week, there are 4 new chips due out on Sept 21, which is tuesday. could knock prices down a little.
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20100811101304_AMD_Readies_Bunch_of_New_Processors_to_Refresh_Back_to_School_Lineup.html
  16. Well the phenom processor is $166 and the Asus 890 mobo is 100. I can get it for $230 so with the release of these new chips, I would need the phenom to drop more than $36
  17. ScrewySqrl said:
    wow...a a 7950? I haven't seen one of those in years. They were ungodly fast back in 2007, but probly only about the equal of a GTS 260 now. Should be able to run DX 9 stuff great, won't do DX 10 or 11.


    No. They the 7950 is slower than a 8600GT. is approximately half the power of a 8800GT 512mb
  18. marraco said:
    No. They the 7950 is slower than a 8600GT. is approximately half the power of a 8800GT 512mb


    I will probably upgrade the video card very soon as it seems like to be a very old and slow card now.. I just really want to get this computer up and running...
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