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Building my first PC (gaming), need help.

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I am building my first PC, primarily based on gaming. I have roughly a $500 budget; I know that isn't a lot for a gaming PC. I do not need to buy HDD, monitors, or anything else besides what I have below. This is what I am thinking about putting together:

MB - Asus AMD 970 Socket AM3+
CPU - AMD FX-4100 (Quad Core) 3.60 GHz (3.80 GHz Turbo Max)
GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
RAM - Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory DIMM 8GB (2x4GB)
PSU - Coolmax CUG-950B 950-Watt

I know the AMD FX-4100 works great with AMD Radeon HD 6000 series, but on a tight budget and all of this comes out to be just under $500. I'm not looking for a high-end gaming PC, just one that can handle today's games well; even if it's on lower or medium settings. Anyone have any recommendations on what I should change or will this work all pretty well? I am most concerned with the CPU and GPU working together, obviously.
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    The cpu in gpu will work together. Pretty decent build for 500, obviously you wont play new games at max.
    you power supply is a little overkill for your rig, could save a few bucks and go with a 650 watt.

    drop your power supply for this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017 600 watt

    Use the extra cash for this gpu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908 6850


    I honestly dont know how you plan to put togther a rig with $500.. windows alone is $100. So your budget is around $400, which includes monitor, mouse, keyboard, case, dvd drive, shipping.
    You best option would be to buy a prebuilt computer.
  2. +1 dontqqnub
  3. I can afford this on a $500 budget because I have everything else. I have multiple optical drives, cases, mice, keyboards, a monitor, and etc. I have Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit from school.

    Thanks for the help dontqqnub! The PSU is only $99.99 after a mail-in rebate. But, the power required is over 600W... Doesn't that mean I need at least a 750W?
  4. Best answer selected by frostee3510.
  5. dontqqnub said:
    The cpu in gpu will work together. Pretty decent build for 500, obviously you wont play new games at max.
    you power supply is a little overkill for your rig, could save a few bucks and go with a 650 watt.

    drop your power supply for this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017 600 watt

    Use the extra cash for this gpu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908 6850


    I honestly dont know how you plan to put togther a rig with $500.. windows alone is $100. So your budget is around $400, which includes monitor, mouse, keyboard, case, dvd drive, shipping.
    You best option would be to buy a prebuilt computer.


    I can afford this on a $500 budget because I have everything else. I have multiple optical drives, cases, mice, keyboards, a monitor, and etc. I have Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit from school.

    Thanks for the help dontqqnub! The PSU is only $99.99 after a mail-in rebate. But, the power required is over 600W... Doesn't that mean I need at least a 750W?
  6. frostee3510 said:
    I can afford this on a $500 budget because I have everything else. I have multiple optical drives, cases, mice, keyboards, a monitor, and etc. I have Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit from school.

    Thanks for the help dontqqnub! The PSU is only $99.99 after a mail-in rebate. But, the power required is over 600W... Doesn't that mean I need at least a 750W?


    Im sorry, I thought your 1st post said you needed monitors, drives, etc. my bad.


    Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

    Radeon HD 6850 x1
    On your average system the card requires you to have a 450 Watt power supply unit.

    Radeon HD 6850 x2
    A second card requires you to add another ~130 Watts. You need a 650 Watt power supply unit.


    So you should be good with 600watt =p
  7. dontqqnub said:
    Im sorry, I thought your 1st post said you needed monitors, drives, etc. my bad.


    Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

    Radeon HD 6850 x1
    On your average system the card requires you to have a 450 Watt power supply unit.

    Radeon HD 6850 x2
    A second card requires you to add another ~130 Watts. You need a 650 Watt power supply unit.


    So you should be good with 600watt =p


    That makes sense! :P haha I'll be able to plug in plenty of USBs if I want and never experience a shut down?
  8. dontqqnub said:
    Im sorry, I thought your 1st post said you needed monitors, drives, etc. my bad.


    Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

    Radeon HD 6850 x1
    On your average system the card requires you to have a 450 Watt power supply unit.

    Radeon HD 6850 x2
    A second card requires you to add another ~130 Watts. You need a 650 Watt power supply unit.


    So you should be good with 600watt =p


    Sorry to pull a NOOB mistake here, but you also have to take into account of the 95W CPU, so wouldn't it be smarter to get like a 700W or 750W?
  9. No the wattage of the cpu is included in the 600watt psu.
  10. Actually, you can manage on a 400w psu. I ran an x4 955 with a 4870 on a 430w (edit: about 32a 12v max) antec a while back.

    edit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060 (35a)

    This should be perfect for you :)

    edit2: also I believe it can handle a 6850 just fine

    If you still want a more powerful psu, heres a better and cheaper choice in 620w

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=56788&vpn=HCG%2D620&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1244
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