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December 28, 2011 4:33:11 AM

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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December 28, 2011 3:03:54 PM

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.
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December 28, 2011 4:36:41 PM

Hard to reply when ya didn't give us a budget nor a playing resolution.
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December 28, 2011 4:47:04 PM

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=N82E168...
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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=N82E168...
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December 28, 2011 10:59:52 PM

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-advic...

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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