Gaming Build: Need Advice on First Time New Build! (HELP)

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: ~600 (550-650) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching movies, Internet use

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: So this is my first build ever and I basically want this computer to game, games like World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 on high to Ultra settings. I am missing a MoBo (I don't know which one would fit best with that line up) and a Case (Still looking for a good/cool one). So if you guys can, help me out and pick out a MoBo that won't be too expensive but yet fits in with all my other components. Thank you and any tips on better deals, better upgrades for cheap or anything will be greatly appreciated! My budget for a Mother board is around 100$ I'm trying to stay in range of around 600$ for the total price of the computer.

Parts I have so far:

- ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

- Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

- Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 3OH16009U9H-8GK

- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX955WFK4DGM - OEM

- LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support - OEM

Also the Monitor I will be buying is:

- Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)

So if you guys know of any better monitors/deals then please comment bellow, Thank you :)
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  1. Are these parts ones you have already purchased, or is it a shopping list?

    For gaming, the graphics card is more important than the cpu.

    Today, Intel cpu's game better at every price point.

    Since you need a monitor and an os, there is not much left for the basic parts.

    You might start with this $500 build from tom's:,3216.html

    A more robust $650 build was done earlier:,3159.html

    The two charts posted here are for the best cpu and gpu to be used for gaming and the cpu and gpu that you have chosen will most likly not play your games on high or ultra. You'll at the very least have to go with an Intel cpu to have some sort of chance of getting any closer to the settings that you want to play at.
  3. geofelt said:
    Are these parts ones you have already purchased, or is it a shopping list?

    These are parts that are on my shopping list, so nothing is set in stone yet.
  4. get an second gen i3 if on a budget, oh well atleast he wasnt going to get a bulldozer for gaming if he was going amd
  5. I would say you should go with the Asus M5A78L-M LX Plus, Im running it on my Phenom 955 Black Edition (125 watts) and it runs flawlessly with the new bios update which is very easy to do. It costs about 60-70 dollars with shipping and taxes. I would suggest investing in an adequate cooler for the Phenom. Most phenoms I have owned run a bit hotter compared to the rest of Amd's cpus. The motherboard will fit with everything, it will be a perfect fit if you do not plan adding more ram sticks or crossfiring your card.

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