Need tips on 750-875$ Gaming PC

Hey, im going to build my first custom Pc soon, and i kinda need some tips on my build.
I would like to know if it will be compatible and if there are improvements i can make.
I made two builds but i'm not sure if they will work or if there are better parts that i should switch.
Please note that i would like to stay under 900$.

Build 1 :

Case - Cooler Master HAF X - 149.99$ (Got 40$ off with a combo for my RAM on newegg)
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Dened 3.4 GHZ Quad-Core AM3 Socket - 119.99$
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - 85.99$ (24 off with my power supply on newegg)
GPU/Videocard - HIS IceQ X H687QN1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 179.99 (10$ off on newegg)
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL - 97.99$
Power Supply - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply -74.99$ (5$ off on newegg)
OS : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 109.99$
Hard Drive - Not sure - Max 50-60$ Please
DVD/CD Reader - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - 20.99$

Any improvements i need/should make? Will this build work?

Build 2 :

The only differences with the 1st build are :

Case - Thermaltake Chaser Mk-i - 202.98$ includes my RAM (Combo on newegg)
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL - (Comboed with case)

Which is better? Any improvements to make? Will they work? Which one do you suggest i buy?
BTW Im getting all of my parts from Newegg.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Well, one thing I can say is you are spending way too much on a case for a $800 build. I know it sounds great to get $40 off with a combo deal, but that case isn't going to help your framerates.

    Maybe try a HAF 912?

    You also won't need 16gb RAM, 8gb will be plenty for your needs.

    Try this setup:

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseModel #:RC-912-KKN1Item #:N82E16811119233Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock

    -$10.00 Instant


    MSI H67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardModel #:H67A-G43 (B3)Item #:N82E16813130616Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn StockMail in Rebate Card


    -$10.00 Instant


    GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video CardModel #:GV-R785OC-2GDItem #:N82E16814125419Return Policy:VGA Standard Return PolicyIn Stock

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...Model #:CMPSU-650TXV2Item #:N82E16817139020Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn StockMail in Rebate Card


    -$30.00 Instant


    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100Model #:BX80623I32100Item #:N82E16819115078Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return PolicyIn Stock

    CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1333C9Model #:CMV8GX3M2A1333C9Item #:N82E16820233192Return Policy:Memory Standard Return PolicyIn Stock

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare DriveModel #:WD3200AAKXItem #:N82E16822136770Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock

    -$15.00 Instant


    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEMModel #:iHAS124-04Item #:N82E16827106289Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEMModel #:GFC-02050Item #:N82E16832116986Return Policy:Software Standard Return PolicyIn Stock


  2. ^+1

    Check out my $850 build here:
    Save on the motherboard and CPU with this combo:
    OR just switch to the i5 2500K.

    Honestly this'll give you WAY more performance from the CPU AND the GPU. The 6870 is weak especially the 965 you're oging to pair with it. The 7850 overclocked performs at the level of a GTX 580 while also being quieter and lower on the heat and power consumption side. Plus the 7850 is what you should have at this budget. The i5 3570K or i5 2500K mop the floor in benches with almost every AMD chip, the Bulldozer's don't even keep up.

    Your budget is really lopsided. Too much spent on the case, RAM and yeah. Large discounts on combos don't mean good deal all the time.

    Also HDD's are fairly expensive. It'll be hard to find one to what you just requested.
  3. Thanks, guys!

    Ill downgrade the case and the RAM and ill switch to Intel for the processor. Ill also upgrade the videocard

    Should i buy the parts from Amazon or Newegg? Im canadian so i use the canadian versions of the websites.

    Also, should i get the Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450 or the Intel Cor i3 2120 3.3 GHz Sandy Bridge Dual-Core HD Graphics 2000?

  4. Would go for the i5 3450 + Asrock B75M.
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