How's this for a gaming PC?

I'm planning on building my first computer. The other day I decided that I'd like to have it play games (things like Skyrim, Batman, etc.). The problem is, I'm a kid, so I don't have a lot of money to spend. Would these specs be OK for a gaming PC?


CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition (3.4 Ghz) OR AMD Phenom II x6 (2.8 Ghz)
Graphics Card: MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Mobo: ASRock M3A770DE
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB


I won't bother to include the other things that don't really contribute to the overall performance of the machine.

So, how does that look? Are there any better components I could use that don't cost much more than these?
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  1. xspectrum said:
    I'm planning on building my first computer. The other day I decided that I'd like to have it play games (things like Skyrim, Batman, etc.). The problem is, I'm a kid, so I don't have a lot of money to spend. Would these specs be OK for a gaming PC?


    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition (3.4 Ghz) OR AMD Phenom II x6 (2.8 Ghz)
    Graphics Card: MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    Mobo: ASRock M3A770DE
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB


    I won't bother to include the other things that don't really contribute to the overall performance of the machine.

    So, how does that look? Are there any better components I could use that don't cost much more than these?

    No replies? Someone please help.
  2. What is your budget? and also, it'll help us if you filled this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  3. Hard to reply when ya didn't give us a budget nor a playing resolution.
  4. CPU and Mobo should be OK.
    You don't really need 8 GB RAM, for ~$30 you can get 4GB (2X2).
    I think you would be disappointed with a 550 TI GPU. A ASUS ENGTX560 DC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 at
    $194.99
    $174.99 after mail-in rebate card
    $7.56 Shipping (restrictions apply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121466
    --------------or-----------------
    SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $164.99
    Save: $15.00
    $144.99 after mail-in rebate card
    $7.56 Shipping (restrictions apply)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
  5. r0aringdrag0n said:
    What is your budget? and also, it'll help us if you filled this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Approximate Purchase Date: a month or two

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Try to keep it under $500. $600 max.

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video/photo editing, gaming, programming, rendering/capturing video, surfing web.

    Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, anywhere that has cheap stuff.

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: Would like to use AMD CPU unless I find a great deal on an Intel.

    Overclocking: Probably

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900

    Additional Comments: Budget PC mainly used for video editing and gaming.
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