How's my build?

Approximate Purchase Date: whenever I complete my build

Budget Range: around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon (free shipping for Hawaii)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: quiet would be nice
This is what I have so far

Case - $99.99 NZXT Technologies H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis CS-NT-H2-B (Black)

CPU - $239.99 AMD FX-8150 FX 8-Core Black Edition Processor (FD8150FRGUBOX)

Motherboard - $153.36 GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3 AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU - $159.22 XFX AMD Radeon HD 6770 Graphics Card (HD677XZNFC)

Power supply - $174.99 Corsair Professional Series Gold 850-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-850AX

Ram - $48.00 Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Harddrive - $104.99 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

Total is $980.54, any suggestions or problems I missed would be helpful. Thanks

Part list permalink:
Part price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($247.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cougar 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung TS-H353C DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1007.32
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-01-18 21:57 EST-0500)
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  1. Gaming - go with intel. I don't know how many times this has been said.
    Get a less expensive PSU and a better GPU.
    nikorr suggested this in another thread. Then you can think HD6950 or GTX560Ti.
  2. Dish moose is right!

    For about the same price you should be able to pick up a 2500k and a Z68 board which will do better than the 8150 in just about everything so its definitely the better choice.

    You went for the top shelf PSU but only a lower mid range GPU, drop down to something like the 750 TXV2 or one of the XFX 750 W units, they are still good units but will save you about $60 which can go towards a better GPU like a 6950.
  3. You have included a high performance processor and a relatively weak graphics card so it will only be an average gaming machine .

    Try intel 2500K
    Z68 motherboard
    and then look at graphics cards like the Radeon 6870 as the MINIMUM for that resolution
  4. Completely new build :)
  5. bluesharpie said:
    Completely new build :)

    I do agree with the post above. The PSU that you have selected is a complete overkill for that system. For some reason people think that more power gives them a better computer.. it does give you a bigger electrical bill, that is about it for a normal system. If you want a well balanced system I would personally go with a AMD system to cut done some prices and get a SSD and a better motherboard. I would recommend going with the AMD 7-series graphics cards.. 7850 or higher. If you have anymore questions please let me know.. I build computers at work all the time! (I do build Intel systems because we do not really have a budget and we need the absolute best!)

    This is a quick build that I just made. It has a smaller hard drive.. but it will run much faster then the Seagate.

    $1050 after tax and shipping

    Do some research on how to get Windows 7 for free.. and purchase/use a USB flash drive or a usb disk drive to install windows. AND.. if you get the FX-8150 follow my overclock guide at the link below to improve the performance by 15% by disabling.. 4 of the cores! :o

    Overclock Guide:

    GOOD LUCK!!!!
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