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1st time builder needs advice for gaming PC components

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May 30, 2012 3:46:37 PM

I have browsed around and found the components I need to build my gaming pc; however, I am new to this and need some advice on whether the build will work together, or if there are simply better (similarly priced) alternatives.

Component list:

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965 Black Edition 125W 3.40GHz C3 (Socket AM3) Processor - Retail
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Processors+-...

GPU - PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 6870 OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Car...

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970A (Socket AM3+) DDR3 PCI-Express ATX Motherboard
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards...

RAM - 8GB Exceleram Value Series LP E30141A (2x4GB) 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.5V
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM...

HDD - 1TB Western Digital WD10EALX Caviar Blue 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive - HDD
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Hard+Drives+-+I...

Case - Cooler Master 690 II Lite Dominator Black Midi Tower Chassis
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Midi+T...

PSU - 650W Corsair TX650M 80PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli...

Optical Drive - Samsung SH-D163C/BEBE SATA 16x DVD-ROM (Black) - OEM
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Optical+Drives/...

CPU fan - Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Coolers+-+Ai...
May 30, 2012 4:01:18 PM

When I built my computer I purchased a bigger PSU than I needed. It came in handy when I upgraded to dual GPU's.

Just something to think about.
May 30, 2012 4:15:31 PM

I don't intend to purchase dual GPU's anytime soon, but what PSU would you recommend? Also, is the rest of my setup viable?
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May 30, 2012 4:33:44 PM

I have the cool master 1000. I love it. no problems at all. it is expensive but worth it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

some people say get intel. I am currently rockin the AMD and am happy but depending on the charts i might change to intel my next build. This will be 2-4 years out though.
May 30, 2012 6:29:05 PM

inerax said:
I have the cool master 1000. I love it. no problems at all. it is expensive but worth it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

some people say get intel. I am currently rockin the AMD and am happy but depending on the charts i might change to intel my next build. This will be 2-4 years out though.


Indeed. I am not saying he won't be happy with an AMD (a buddy of mine is happy with his AMD Build), but I am just saying that the Intel CPUs currently edge out AMD in benchmarks, and are a good value for the money.
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