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Hey I was wondering if I could get the community's opinion on my first build! It will primarily be used for gaming and schoolwork. All help would be appreciated!


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

XFX Double D Black Edition FX-777A-ZDB4 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150599

Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153116

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133086
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  1. Everything looks good :) Though for your budget, I would personally recommend an Intel build, maybe an I5 2500k, Gtx 560Ti, z68 mobo, with a 60GB ssd for your OS, should be around 1000-1200. Though of course, a lot of people will probably say to wait until Ivy Bridge and the rest of the Kepler GPUs start rolling out.
  2. Looks pretty good. But as mocchan said, an i5 2500k with a z68 mobo would perform much better. Is there any reason why you chose to go with AMD?
  3. No particular reason to go with AMD, it is just a brand that my friends are familiar with so they recommended it. I will see what I can do with an Intel build though, thank you for your quick responses!
  4. how does this look

    i5 2500k - $219.95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    AsRock extreme3 gen3 - $121.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    8GB Gskill - $41.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $144.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133086

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 - $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC $164.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III - $259.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127615

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


    TOTAL: $1173.87

    I kept the case as I presume you like the asthetics of it. But that build would still fall in your price range and would be more powerful than the AMD build!
  5. woops forgot to add a cooler

    Cooler master 212 EVO - $34.64
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    new total = $1208.51
  6. Build looks sweet, Jumbo.
  7. jumbolkna said:
    how does this look

    i5 2500k - $219.95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    AsRock extreme3 gen3 - $121.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    8GB Gskill - $41.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $144.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133086

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 - $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC $164.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III - $259.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127615

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


    TOTAL: $1173.87

    I kept the case as I presume you like the asthetics of it. But that build would still fall in your price range and would be more powerful than the AMD build!


    Yes that build looks way better than any AMD build - but I'm not the biggest fan of Thermaltake and I'd definitely recommend a different case like the Corsair Carbide 500R or Fractal Design Arc MIDI.

    I'd also recommend a different GPU - something like the Radeon 7850 over the 560TI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984
  8. Best answer
    As was said by others, Intel CPU's are far superior unless you are looking at the lower end CPU's. Here is what i would recommend.


    i5 2500k - $219.95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

    ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 - $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory - $47.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M-KWN2-GP Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side window - $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224

    Two extra fans for the side and bottom
    COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200mm (for the side) - $22.99
    and
    Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - $15.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185059

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 - $104.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler - $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

    Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

    SAPPHIRE 11200-01-20G Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC - $259.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984
    or
    ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $259.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121623

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204
  9. looks good gamer! I think either will be fine. Both much better than the AMD build. Have you looked at the fractal design cases? I really like them. I have the R3 and it's awesome.
  10. Best answer selected by YHello00.
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