Check/Advice on $800 gaming build.

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965

MB: Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950

PSU/RAM Combo:
Corsair 600W
G Skills 8 GB

Case/Optical Combo:
Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition
Samsung DVD/CD Burner

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+

**MB (2nd option) ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

Current build idea.. budget of 800 or less for everything listed. Currently sitting at $780.
Biggest concerns here are motherboard quality (unsure of Gigabyte brand) also which is the better choice.. and PSU.
Any input will be appreciated.

Second Build Idea (i5 2500k based)


GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit

Optical: Whatever works.

This build is still < $800..

Quality differences between the two? Which will fare better in games like BF3 Skyrim Diablo 3 MW3 etc..
Should I consider the 560 Ti in the AMD build? Again is the Gigabyte brand trustworthy? HELP!
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    MSI 990FXA-GD65 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 MOBO

    Another option on the AMD build.. save a few bucks.
  2. bump.
  3. Get the i5-2500k. the phenom is completely outmatched. I'd get the combo now since it's gone from neweggs list of combo.
  4. looks like I can't even buy that anymore.. outstanding.
  5. usncooper said:
    looks like I can't even buy that anymore.. outstanding.

    Yeah, that combo expired yesterday. It's a shame though. It's the best bang for the buck.
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