Begginer Build Please Help!


First off I want to start by saying that I am a completely first-time computer builder. The only info I have I've received from internet searches and reviews.

Okay, now my goal is build the best gaming computer that I can for >$700.
I'm hoping to be able to run most games on high settings, if I'm way off base here please let me know.

So I'm going to list the computer parts that I'm interested in buying and follow it by a list of questions that hopefully can be answered by some knowledgable person here :)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

Mobo: MSI 790GX-G65 Motherboard

Hard Drive: Seagate ST3500418AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive

Power Supply: OCZ OCZ700SXS2 StealthXStream 2 700W Power Supply

Graphics Cards and Memory: These two I'm at a complete loss any help would be appreciated.


1. Is the CPU/Mobo combo fast enough to run high-end games?
2. Is the power supple going to be big enough?
3. Should I up the hard drive?
4. What am I missing?

Any comments or answers would be greatly appreciated :)
Thanks a lot!

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  1. 1.) That CPU will be plenty for pretty much anything you throw at it; I wouldn't worry too much about it. Motherboards generally don't make a huge impact on performance, and MSI makes great stuff. Should be a nice combo.

    2.) The power supply will be plenty. There's no way your system will draw that much power.

    3.) Hard drive is up to you. Buy whatever you feel you need. You may want to check out Samsung's new F4 drives; they're very fast and very affordable as far as standard hard drives go.

    4.) You are missing RAM and a Video Card, which you mentioned already. Aside from that, you just need basic things such as a Case, DVD Drive, Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor. For memory, just grab 4GB of DDR3. That will be plenty of memory for the majority of applications, and won't break the bank. Any speed will do just fine, just find something affordable with good reviews. As for the video card, what kind of games were you looking at playing? Do you have a preference between ATI or Nvidia?
  2. When $$ is an object work from the essentials 1st i.e GPU then platform :P
  3. Thanks a lot for the quick reply!

    Okay you told me a few things I was hoping to hear. I think I'll go with a slightly smaller PS.

    If anyone has any input on perhaps a cheaper MoBo without losing to much performance.

    I play most First Person Shooter games which of course require high fps so im looking for a good graphics card for about $100-$200, any input?

    Thanks again!
  4. batuchka said:
    When $$ is an object work from the essentials 1st i.e GPU then platform :P

    Would this system run faster then my choices?
  5. read all the toms build your own articles. the receipe is there tested and rated.
  6. Well u didn't slot in a GPU, ram, etc but for $700 and under you'd be hard pressed for a better frames/$$ config ^^
  7. And for a first time builder, a little help ...
    Build it yourself:

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
  8. I would recommend a GTX 460 or a Radeon 5850 as a GPU, both are good VFM and nice powerfull DX11 cards :)
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