AMD $650 Gaming Setup (HELP PLEASE)

I'm trying to build a AMD-based gaming rig for less than $650. This is my first build.

Asus DVD/CD burner SATA

CoolerMaster Elite 430 Case

Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM SATA III HDD

ASRock 870 Extreme3 Mobo

MSI R5770 Radeon HD 5770 Gfx Card

Corsair 650tx 650 watt PSU

GSkill Ripjaws RAM 2x2gb 1333 CAS 8

AMD Deneb Phenom II x4 955 BE 3.2Ghz CPU

MassCool 120mm Case Fans (three)

CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler

Any suggestions? Any incompatibilities anyone sees? First build and I think that is everything I need. Not planning to OC, got a board that supports Crossfire just in case, also got SATA 6.0Gbps and USB 3.0 on the Mobo.

Total cost: $648.28

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  1. seriously, if your headset about AMD then you should be thinking about a AM3+ mobo... but for a start, intel CPUs out perform AMD cpus in gaming because their chipset is better. and if your gaming i recommend a better graphics card. i'll post an intel based build when i can but read this in the meantime...
  2. you dont need external fans.
    might save some bucks, do not buy a cpu cooler(the tx3) at this time. if you got some money in future, go with it or a 212+.
    i will save some bcks and will go with a same quality psu
    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply 75$

    now you have 51 extra bucks, go with a better gpu like a 6870
  3. here is my intel based build

    CPU: intel core i3-2100 @
    MOBO: MSIP67A @
    Case: Keep
    PSU: Keep
    DVD: nothing wrong with yours, but can get a cheaper one that has a similar speed @
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 560 @
    HDD: Samsung spinpoint F3 (about $60) cheapest i could find was @
    Cooler: go with stock, can't oc the i3 due to locking

    Total Before Rebates and shipping: $657

    if you can, bump up the i3-2100 to a i5-2400, also try to get a GTX 560ti, big difference in performance. should be under $650 after rebates...
  4. actually, manu's PSU might be a good idea, with that $20 you could find a GTX 560ti @ it is just fitting the budget after rebate, but if you want to SLI (mobo can) get a better PSU. BUT if you get the Antec, you could save yourself some money and get a cheaper mobo that has 16/x4 not 16/x8, that could save you anothe $50, money for the i5-2400, which would blow away EVERY AMD CPU in terms of gaming (can't find link but it is somewhere it the tom's reviews...
  5. I smell a fanboy...

    Anyways Concerns: Black Edition = Overclock which you said you are not going to do, the CPU cooler there is not needed then and if your not going to overclock you may aswell go the i3-2100 route whic would give you more performance.
  6. @Wenqi
    I already bumped up my budget from $500 to $650 so I could get a better mobo and graphics card. A i5-2400 and a GTX 560ti would add an extra $120. Plus, I'm looking for an AMD build, not Intel.

    Is the HD 6870 much better than the HD 5770? Also, the extra fans are dirt cheap due to a bulk deal.

    I smell a fanboy...

    hahaha... thats what I thought
  7. 16/4x for xfire or sli, not sure buddy, the board he had already chosen is pretty nice and has single x16 and dual x8 so it might be a good deal.
    at his budget, he might not get a 560ti or a 2400, investing in a better gpu is a solution i think so.
    i3 2100 would be my choice if the person is not an oc enthusiast, or can live with a dual core. if he is a person who is willing to make a quad core rig, 955 will be the way to go.
  8. I figured 955 since I don't want to manually overclock.
    Got the mobo specifically so I could eventually crossfire HD 5770's.

    EDIT: Specifically chose AMD for cheap Quad-Core
  9. 6870 is a tad(big one) more better than a 5770, the also scale massively in xfire mode.
    here is a link if you are confused about the 6870.

    and in xfire, the card just rocks.
  10. It seems a tad expensive to xfire the 6870 though, $400 xfire 6870 vs $280 is you crossfire the 5770...
  11. I guess the main thing is I'm not really looking for massive resolutions and ultra high quality. I'm fine with lower resolutions and medium settings, and the 5770 (single) provides that. If it starts to fall behind, buy another and xfire...

    I'm transitioning from a 12 year old laptop, so I can put up with not having uber-great graphics.
  12. a single 6870 will also give you your desired performance(even more).its noise level, its power consumption are all less than a 5770, lso a 5700 xfire will make a lot of heat in comparrison to a 6870. the extra money worth it.
  13. Lol, the bull dozer chip sucks. :p
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