$700 AMD gaming pc

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $700 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web browsing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US preferred

Parts Preferences:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($99)


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 ($130)


Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ($60)


Case: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($36)


Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($180)


Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply ($44)


Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($90, Thailand flooded, prices up)


Optical Drive: SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM ($17)


Tools: Rosewill RTK-045M 45-Piece Magnetic Computer Tool Kit ($20, Do I need these?)


Total: $704

Overclocking: maybe in the future, but i'd prefer not to

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1080p tv and a 1080p 3d tv

Additional Comments: Just trying to build the cheapest gaming rig to play BF3 on high with over 40 fps, and Skyrim on ultra. I have a 1080p tv but am hoping to be able to play games in 3d with a 3d 1080p tv later. I'm not really sure if all these parts go together. If I can switch parts with better quality or bring the cost down around $700, I'm all ears.
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Area51reopened
  2. You do not need the toolkit. Put the money towards a better case because that one is very ugly.
  3. No the tool kit shouldnt be needed unless you dont have tools already besides that everything looks good. If you plan to OC get a cpu cooler now as well so you dont have to put it in later Hyper 212+ is cheap and works very good.
  4. No tool kit
    and get the 955 phenom instead

    Those changes let you buy a current model motherboard with a 970 series chipset
    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ $85

    If you use this mb you can upgrade to future processors . Use the 770 board and you wont be able to do that .

    The 955 Phenom can be OC'ed easily to 965 speeds [ and beyond] even using the stock cooler

    If you can fit it in the budget
    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W $55
    is a much better psu
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