New Budget Gaming Rig

Hello all,

I am looking to build my first computer by myself, and need some advice. I want to make it a computer capable of doing games, but as I don't game too much or really want to play games with that high of a graphics need, I want to do it on a budget. That being said, I am looking for some good power + something that will last me a while.

Here is what I have so far:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition


RAM: G Skills Ripjaws 6GB

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB

PSU: Corsair 750tx

So, my question to you is: Please help me find a suitable MoBo and video card. The stuff listed here totals to $560, and I'd like to keep it under 750 if at all possible.

However, I want a good quality MoBo + a good 1gig Video card, if at all possible. However, if you can recommend other parts that are just as good as above but cheaper, that will also help, as well.

Thank you!
(P.S. - As soon as possible is much preferred, as I would like to order some of the stuff today due to the deals! So please tell me if you think that processor is very good, because I will order it before everything else just to save and have it)
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  1. ASUS M4A87TD EVO + AMD Phenom II X4 965
    Samsung F3 1TB
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (you don't need more RAM)
    SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
    SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W


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  2. Thank you for the help!

    That combo deal with the ASUS MoBo and Phenom 965 black is excellent!

    So all I will need is a 520W for this? Would it be more beneficial to get a larger wattage just for upgrade purposes? I don't plan on upgrading for a few years, but wouldn't more wattage run it better as well? I was never too sure on PSUs and how much you need.

    Also, I'm guessing all these parts will work fine together, huh?
  3. Yep they will work fine. You don't need more wattage, 520W is overkill already. Only if you get a crossfire motherboard and plan to add later a second video card you will need something like 600-650 watts but with the other mobo + more powerful PSU would be over $750:
  4. Awesome, thanks so much!

    What about longevity? Will this last me a good 3-4 (hopefully more) years of coding/normal usage/light gaming?
  5. I'd say 3 years or something but a $1500 system wouldn't last much longer. For light gaming you don't need that crossfire though.
  6. Very true.

    Thanks for the help! I'll probably be ordering and building up this machine very soon.
  7. One last question:

    Would the Radeon HD 6870 be a worthwhile investment instead of the 6850? And if I did, would I need a bigger PSU than 520W?
  8. Yep, you can get a 6870 for more futureproofing. The 520W is good.
  9. Excellent. Thanks again for all the quick answers.
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