New Gaming Rig - First Time Builder - Any adive would be great


Approximate Purchase Date: Friday 11/18/2011

Budget Range: Less than $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, SC2, No FPS's), Surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor (24" HD Samsung Monitor)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, open to other reliable suppliers

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: I am partial to NVIDIA, but can't give a good reason for this, so will take other suggestions into consideration

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Monitor Resolution: Hmmm, I can't remember, but try to play on highest resolution.

Additional Comments: Since this is my first build, I would like it to look nice, and have a custom feel to it.


I have created a list for the build already, and would like any comments, negative or positive, to help me avoid any problems. If you see a place I can make an upgrade, or foresee a bottleneck or something like that, please let me know. This is my first time building a PC, and am concerned I will screw it up.

Video Card: EVGA 560ti

Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD65

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

Memory: G. Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (4x2) DDR3 1600

HD: Seagate 500GB (7200RPM)

Case: Rosewill Armor

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX650

I'll also be purchasing Windows 7 (64-bit), but didn't include that link. I priced out the above, plus Windows 7, and it came out around $970 before tax. Anyway, any input would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Go for this HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
  2. very good choice.i would suggest a 990fx mobo
    6950 is a great card.2gb is good for demanding games at 1080p.never heard any malfunctioning about this card.
  3. Thanks for the input. Does anyone think I will need to upgrade the standard CPU cooler? I was thinking that with so many fans in the case already, it may not be needed.

    Also, do you think with this build, there is any bottlenecks? I guess I'm asking if the MB/CPU are in par with the video card?

    Does anyone know what my expectations should be, when I'm playing games? Would I be able to play on Max/Ultra settings and still get good performance?
  4. Get this Asrock AM3+ motherboard 970. Get this for upgradability path.

    Don't get such an expensive motherboard especially since you won't be overclocking or SLI.

    The 560ti is fine.

    Get this Corsair CX600. (It can handle most of the GPU except GTX580 and 6990) It has a combo with the 8gb ram you picked and you might want to use that.

    SAVE $20.

    The Phenom II x 4 965 has a combo with the 560ti you might want to also check that out.

    SAVE $18

    You will always be able to play at high and max most games.
  5. a 212 EVO is the best bang for buck thing.but if you wdont wanna overclcock,stock cooler is enough.
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