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July 5, 2011 3:01:51 PM

So I'm working on a new gaming build. I have around $720, but I might be able to take a loan from my parents (I'm only 15!) Here's the plans I have right now:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $120
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $160
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $75
GPU: ZOTAC ZT-40408-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $150 (After MIR)
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $65
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $20
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC $90
Case: 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 $50

OTHER:
GIGABYTE GK-K6800 Glossy Black 103 Normal Keys 14 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Professional Multimedia Keyboard $19
Kensington K72356US Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse $8
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 $180
OR
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR) $155
^Monitor must also come with
Logitech S120 2.0 Multimedia Speakers $11
TOTAL PRICE OF EVERYTHING: $923-$937 w/o shipping

My main concern is compatibility. I checked myself, but I'm no pro, so if someone can confirm for me that everything will function properly, that would be appreciated. :D  (If something won't work, please suggest an alternative or tell me what I should look for)
Also, does anyone know if the motherboard/GPU I chose will support dual GPU's? I'm considering that as an upgrade.
Thanks!
EDIT: Any suggestions/criticism is accepted! I'd love to find out a way to make this PC higher quality or cheaper!
July 5, 2011 8:37:30 PM

CPU: Switch to PhenomII x4 955 BE and save $15
Mobo: If you are going to spend almost $150 on a MB at least make it compatible with the future AM3+ bulldozer CPU's. Here are 2 nice 990FX choices for you:
MSI 990FXA-GD65 AM3+ $159.99
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ $159.99
RAM: ok
GPU: ok
HDD: Switch to Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, it's faster than the one you have selected and $25 cheaper.
DVD: ok
PSU: Switch to XFX Core Pro650W $59.99 after rebate. Quality PSU and it will let you get a 2nd GTX460 for SLI.
Case: ok

The PSU and MB upgrades get financed by the CPU and HDD switch.

Monitor: Might want to go with 22" - 24" FullHD, LED backlight with 2ms response time for this one. They run at about $150-200 so if you can get the loan and finance this addition that would be great. You will be happy to have a bigger screen than the 19".


July 6, 2011 2:48:46 AM

I agree with all of the above. Also i would not recommend a wireless mouse and keyboard for gaming, they can be a bit sluggish at times and it can be very annoying.
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July 6, 2011 1:31:31 PM

@rvilkman: Thanks for the feedback! I'll adjust my build accordingly.
@jmsellars1: So it's because my mouse is wireless that I suck so bad at sniping? Gee, that explains a lot. xD
July 6, 2011 2:35:21 PM

Yeah i'm sure thats the problem :) 
July 6, 2011 7:07:54 PM

Since the PSU you recommended's MIR is about to expire (in a week or so) and I'm not quite ready to purchase everything (I still need to convince my parents to let me build a PC and to lend me the money I need), I need some help finding a back-up PSU. Here's the main 3 I'm looking at. (If the link doesn't work, let me know.)

I'm thinking about the 700W one more. However, it does not offer Over Voltage Protection and does not name it's efficiency.

What do you guys think?
July 6, 2011 7:39:41 PM

Out of those 3, the rosewill would be the best. However when you are ready to order it's best to check what is on sale during that time, there has been something good on sale pretty much all the time, just need to know to look for it.

So when you are getting closer to getting ready to purchace, just ask again and I'm confident we will be able to help you.
July 6, 2011 8:03:32 PM

Raidmax is not the best PSU brand. I would stick with Corsair, Xigmatek, Antec, Seasonic, and consider Rosewill.
July 6, 2011 8:06:30 PM

XFX and OCZ are good too and Cooler Master is worth considering.
July 6, 2011 8:59:49 PM

The current suggestion is one of the two AM3+ 990FX boards near $160, which is listed higher up the chain.
July 6, 2011 9:09:36 PM

Sounds great! Looks like a good enough PSU for the price.
Anyway, I updated the OP to fit everything. I do have a $25 gift card for best buy though, which I may be able to exchange with my parents for cash. However, I need to buy/convince parents to buy the operating system. (Win. 7, duh. :p  ) That is, in addition to convincing them to let me build the thing AND get a $200 loan. xD
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