Budget Gaming PC Build Rate Please

Hello,
This will be my first build, and will primarily be used for gaming. I've been looking around and thinking for a while, and I've decided on pretty much all of the parts. I have a ~$550 budget, BUT I don't need to buy an optical drive, hard drive, OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse, or RAM. I already have an Optical drive, hard drive, from my old computer; My friend is providing me with OS (Win 7 64-bit); I have an old keyboard and mouse, and monitor; I bought 8gb of RAM (2x4gb) 1600 for 17.99 after rebate at Frys :D .
The money I don't use and the money I am keeping out of the budget will be put towards new keyboard, mouse, and monitor on Black Friday.
I don't play super often, as I am busy with school and sports and life, but I want a computer that can run games at real well playable speeds. My friend is pretty tech-knowledgeable, and has help me set up a build that suits my budget and wants.

Short Version:

Approximate Purchase Date: From now until about Nov 21, 2011


Budget Range: 550 After Rebates.


System Usage: Gaming


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Hard Drive, Optical Drive, Operating System, RAM.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: Mid tower, No preference on GPU.


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Not soon.


Monitor Resolution: N/A, but if you have any advice on purchasing a monitor, it would be appreciated.


Additional Comments: Preferably quiet, not a requirement. And I would like it to not explode and set my house on fire.

This is what I have pretty much decided on so far. If they are not compatible or something is not a good choice, let me know please.

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

I was originally going to get the 3.2GHz one (955) but its out of stock. So this is $20 more.

CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Motherboard:
ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262&Tpk=ASRock%20970%20EXTREME4%20ATX%20AM3%2b%20Motherboard

Memory: Kingston 8GB (2x4gb) 1600. [Already have, got for $18]

Hard Drive: N/A

Video Card: For this, can someone give me advice on 6950 vs gtx560 vs gtx560ti and if its worth it? But as of now im set on a 560.
ECS GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134137&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Video%20Cards-_-ECS%20%28EliteGroup%29-_-14134137&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Case:Would like if someone would tell me if everything will fit in case.
Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,two-toned interior coating,come with Three Fans,Support up to 7 Fans, w/ Window Side Panel.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147061&Tpk=rosewill%20ranger

Extra Fans:
Rosewill RFA-120-RL 120mm 4 Red LEDs LED Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200050
Power Supply:

Optical Drive: N/A

Monitor: N/A

Operating System: N/A

Keyboard: N/A

Mouse: N/A

Total Price Approx: $530 After Rebates (?)

Thanks in advance.
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  1. On a pure gaming build I'd go with Intel because even the i3-2100 is going to outperform that Phenom at stock. Fair enough you can't overclock it but it's usually a bit cheaper and you can get a cheaper motherboard. Also the 1155 socket is still decent which is more than can be said for AM3+ at the moment.

    This would give you equal performance for less cash:

    i3-2100
    ASRock H61M/U3S3
    XFX HD 6870
    Coolermaster Storm Scout
    Corsair CX-500

    Total - $509.95 before shipping and $40 rebates

    The HD 6870 is roughly on par with the GTX 560 and the HD 6950 1GB is roughly on par with the GTX 560Ti.
  2. HD 6870 is fairly close to the 560 ti and beats the 560. Im setting up a build and im going with 6870.
  3. Thanks for the quick replies!
    So what I'm getting from this is that the 6870 is cheaper but better than a 560?

    And even after overclocking, the build that Jmsellars said will outperform my current thinking?

    Thanks
  4. 6870 is smartest choice but if you want like a slighty faster but cost alot more 560 ti

    yeah but if you can put 90 more in i suggest i5-2500k its the best / cheapest cpu out there for gaming
  5. Hello my friend. Get the new FX processors.

    FX-4100 = Same price with the 965. :) $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    Get the 6950. It's the best of the 3 you listed. make sure it's 1gb.
    It'll fit.

    Monitor. Make sure you get at you res to be at least 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1080p.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254058
  6. dont get an fx cpu. huge mistake, they dont hold the weight against sandy bridge. my advice is save enought the by an i5 2500k and a 6950 and youd be set at a resolution of 1080p in almost every game at ultra settings.
  7. LasciviousImago said:
    Thanks for the quick replies!
    So what I'm getting from this is that the 6870 is cheaper but better than a 560?

    And even after overclocking, the build that Jmsellars said will outperform my current thinking?

    Thanks



    At stock it will outperform it but you can't overclock the i3. The Phenom will start to outperform the i3 at around 3.8-4Ghz but it doesn't seem worth it to me. Why buy a more expensive CPU, motherboard and get a CPU cooler for such a small gain?
  8. What jmsellars is true but in gaming the i3 has a bit of an edge than the Phenom but in other areas , the Phenom will be the better CPU.
  9. Even in other areas they are pretty evenly matched to be honest. In single threaded applications the i3 will destroy the Phenom (at stock), in heavily multithreaded apps the phenom would probably be just slightly better.
  10. jmsellars1 said:
    Even in other areas they are pretty evenly matched to be honest. In single threaded applications the i3 will destroy the Phenom (at stock), in heavily multithreaded apps the phenom would probably be just slightly better.



    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=289

    Yeah, it really depends on what programs he use. It's actually up to preference if he wants AMD or Intel.

    (AMD fan here) Get it, it's a quad core. Impress your friends that know nothing about computers and still have dual cores. lol.
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