First build $1200 gaming PC, any thoughts?

Hey. You guys have been awesome for research on my first build, so as a lurker I'd like to say thanks.

So I ended up with this build, and would like to know what you think. The original budget was around ~1200, but that includes keyboard, mouse, monitor, and all the bells and whistles.

here's what I'm looking at:


cpu: amd phenom II x4 965
mobo: asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
gpu: msi R5770 Hawk radeon hd 5770
ram: corsair 4gb (2x2gb) ddr3
psu: corsair 650W
case: xclio nighthawk color
monitor: asus vh238h
hdd: seagate barracuda 7200 500gb
mouse: mionox naos
keyboard: razer marauder
speakers: logisys sp8000 4.1

total price:
$1140
with rebates:
$1095
with shipping and rebates:
$1125


I left room to crossfire it with a second 5770 in the future. I'm not sure if 650W is enough for that though. I'm also going to try and overclock it. If possible I'd like to drop the cost in a few places.
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  1. Not bad for including an excellent 23" monitor, keyboard, mouse & speakers @ $400.

    Corsair 650 is plenty of PSU for 2x 5770 CFX
    There isn't a CPU cooler for your overclocking goal. How high did you want to get?
  2. looks like a good system
    I'm not a huge fan of Razor. Kinda overpriced (like Monster is for speaker wires). You could drop a couple of bucks w/ getting something from Logitech.
    like WR2 said, you u wanna OC, you really should look at getting an aftermarket CPU cooler. Artic Cooling makes some inexpensive coolers that are cooler & quieter than stock
  3. please dont spend 150 bucks on a mouse and keyboard, that can go towards your graphics card which (based on the card you provided) will bring your GPU budget up to $300. that means you can afford a 6950 which is MUCH better than a 5770 AND can be unlocked to a 6970.
    also western digital > all :P

    xfx 6950: $290
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150518&cm_re=6950-_-14-150-518-_-Product

    you might want to rethink your mobo as it only has 8x8x dupport for 2 graphics cards which means you have half the bandwidth if you decide to upgrade in the future.

    EDIT:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    among the best cpu coolers out there, especially for its price. You need a cpu cooler

    everything else is great :D
  4. ASRock 870 EXTREME3 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 MB $90 does CFX @ x8/x8
    Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz $140 since you're going to be overclocking anyway
    CM Hyper 212+ $30

    I'm leaving your case choice (and it's $20 shipping charge) alone but you could save $45 with the excellent Antec Three Hundred Illusion $55 & free shipping

    You can probably save another $50 with a keyboard & mouse change. A Starcrack keyboard is a luxury.
  5. I'm on the boat with the other suggesters. Really since my last build I've decided that keyboard mouse aesthetics are useless, I use that budget money for my parts in my build more than the peripherals. Course the case has to look nice but I fit that into the budget just fine.
  6. Hrm. I guess I could take a downgrade on the fancy aesthetics. Frankly I love them, and ideally they'd last long into future models. Plus, that keyboard is just downright awesome.

    I'll look into the coolers though, thanks. And perhaps I can relocate some of those funds to the GPU...
  7. I will give you one advice. From 955 - 965 it is SO easy to get the 955 up to the 965's level. All you really have to do is go into BIOS and press + on the multiplier about 2 TIMES! Then you get a 3.6ghz 955. Well this all depends on the grade of your CPU. My 955 reached 3.6 easily stable with no need to up voltage.

    Seriously though, It's cheaper and better for the price.
  8. The HD 6850 is a good starting place IMO. Add a 2nd when you can afford it and you can something that will really do well on the big 1920x1080 res monitor.
  9. is 650w enough to Xfire 6850 ?

    @OP - if you really want that mouse that's fine imo , since thats the one you will touch and hoLd everytime you use your computer . but your keyboard is overpriced :D
  10. Corsair 650TX has enough power for CFX 6870s.
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  12. Drop the Asus board, pick up the Asrock Extreme3 870. It's cheap, just as good as the Asus and 60$ cheaper. Plus it has all things you need.
  13. Thanks guys. managed to cut it down to 1055.
  14. why dont u get a i5 4670k
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