Review budget gaming rig

I am getting a gaming rig for battlefield 3. Please let me know if there is anything, anything at all, (besides monitor speakers, mouse. ) that I should purchase. If not, then I might begin ordering tonight!! ( SO EXCITED!!!!EFNBWEFHEBFQEHJFBHJQBFQHCCB :pt1cable: ) Here are my specs:

Graphics card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 1 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 DVI/DVI/MiniHDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9B

Motherboard: BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD

Tower: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

Power supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Hard drive: Western Digital Blue 320 Gb

OS: Windows 7 OEM

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

Disc reader/burner: LITE-ON Internal 24x DVD Burner with Label-tag Feature 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 Black SATA Model ihas524-T06 - OEM

If you know of any incompatibilities, please let me know!! (I know my hard drive is a bit skimpy, but it should last me at least a year, probably more. Then I will just put another one on there.) I do have one question about the os. If I am only going to be gaming, web surfing and watching videos will the cheapest version of windows 7 give me any grief? (I do plan to upgrade in the future.) Share success stories of first builds for luck!! :D
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  1. crap, wrong section...
  2. A couple of thoughts:

    your mobo seems very limiting (only supports 8 gbs of memory) try something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280
    and that will let you get 8gb of ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315 because its so cheap ($49) which will let you use windows 7 64 bit and provide more than enough memory resources for games for the next year or so
    If you plan to overclock that cpu - i would recommend getting a 3rd party cpu cooler rather than using the stock fan.
  3. avenseth12 said:
    A couple of thoughts:

    your mobo seems very limiting (only supports 8 gbs of memory) try something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280
    and that will let you get 8gb of ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315 because its so cheap ($49) which will let you use windows 7 64 bit and provide more than enough memory resources for games for the next year or so
    If you plan to overclock that cpu - i would recommend getting a 3rd party cpu cooler rather than using the stock fan.


    That motherboard looks great, but it is a bit more expensive than I wanted to go. Any other recommendations? Also I don`t think I really need 8gb of ram. And one more thing, I bumped up my PSU to 750 watts, and I now have a Radeon 6950. Does this change anything? I plan to oc as much as I can. Epic deal on the radeon; free bf3 coupon, on top of 50 bucks off, and the better PSU came in a package deal with same tower. (And it all turned out cheaper than my original plan.) Success!! :sol:
  4. Try these boards
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157292
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157291

    On your GPU choicel that radeon 6950 is nice. See this charthttp://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    That power should be able to handle that card with no problems - it requires 2 pcie power connectors
    Make sure to buy a 3rd party heatsink if you plan to overclock - the stock fans that come with the cpu's arent great
  5. almost forgot - if you can afford go with the 8 gbs of ram - it will help
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