Need advice for $750 gaming build. Ordering today! Help!

CPU: AMD II x4 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

MOBO: MSI 990FXA-GD65 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130604

Case/Optical Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.743729

RAM/PSU Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.745077

HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+
** Is this needed? Should I save the $30 and spend it towards a GPU or better MOBO?

GPU: Unsure what route to go here.. Considering a GTX 560 Ti (or just 560 if significant performance not lost.) Also thinking about 6950.. Would really like to keep this build under $750.. could push to $800 if it were worth it.

Also questioning the quality of the motherboard.. I've read mostly good things but was curious what you guys thought.

Total build price before GPU is ~$540..
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  1. usncooper said:
    CPU: AMD II x4 965
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    MOBO: MSI 990FXA-GD65 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130604

    Case/Optical Combo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.743729

    RAM/PSU Combo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.745077

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+
    ** Is this needed? Should I save the $30 and spend it towards a GPU or better MOBO?

    GPU: Unsure what route to go here.. Considering a GTX 560 Ti (or just 560 if significant performance not lost.) Also thinking about 6950.. Would really like to keep this build under $750.. could push to $800 if it were worth it.

    Also questioning the quality of the motherboard.. I've read mostly good things but was curious what you guys thought.

    Total build price before GPU is ~$540..


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  2. Thinking your referring to this?

    Approximate Purchase Date: Today

    Budget Range: $750 ($800 max)

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.. anywhere I can get a deal.

    Country of Origin: 'Merica.

    Parts Preferences:

    Overclocking: Maybe, probably not.

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, probably not.

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
  3. Not going to see much of a difference in the performance between 965/955? Not worth 10 bucks? haha
  4. Yeah, not worth the extra $25.
  5. Does the rest of the build look sound? Any input on which graphics card route I should go between the 6950 or 560 ti? or even a 560 SC like this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661)
  6. Up to you. More or less same performance. I would get the 560ti though. The 6950 is a really long card.
  7. I'm leaning that way.. can a Gigabyte GPU be trusted.. such as this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363

    or which 560 Ti would you recommend?
  8. Yeah, gigabytes are good too.

    I'd get this if you want to have great cooling.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    If you want to save money, gigabytes cool too. You don't need a CPU cooler if you dont plan to OC.
  9. OC is very easy with that CPU. Simple change of the multiplier and done. 990FX is overkill if not doing Crossfire...and most likely you never will crossfire, especially with that PSU. Save some bucks and get a 990X board. Not crazy about the system builder PSU but they are decent for the price. Go with the 6950, you'll like it better in the long run since gaming is your priority.
  10. Don't plan on xfiring but also couldn't find a 990x for much cheaper (if any). Any recommendations?

    The PSU had pretty good reviews and seemed like a good enough deal.. so hopefully it treats me okay.

    And I'm still in debate between GPU's.. down to these 2

    XFX Radeon HD 6950
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150524

    or

    MSI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    Also not going to be getting a CPU Cooler.. however if I ever do decide to OC than I'll get one before doing so..
  11. Don't worry about the PSU, it's pretty good.
  12. XFX Double Lifetime Warranty is nice to have...just saying. Both cards give near identical frame rates. MSI card is going to run a little cooler than reference 6950 but the 6950 will use less power due to the OC of the MSI. It all comes down to price and personal preference.
  13. Some experts just guided me through choosing a nice system for $736 - $50 mailin = $686 in this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/324210-31-build-gaming
    You will go about $40 cheaper since you don't need an OS (but have to add a PSU)

    Here's the gist:

    MSI P67S-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard: $105 - 15 instant - 30 mail in = $60 total
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130576

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL: $185
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive: $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM: $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM: $77 - 10 combo = $67
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.743728

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K ($15 off with promo code EMCJKJG34, ends 10/19)
    XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card : $400 - 20 combo -20 mail in - 15 promo on processor = $365 (enjoy the free game with this too dirt 3)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.749771

    Good luck!
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