Help me with this new build computer

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti - (Planning to SLI in the future.) [...] 6814130625

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB - (Planning to add 2 more 4 gb ram in the future.) [...] 6820231314

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor (Might change in future too.) [...] 6819103727

ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (Undecided.) [...] 6813157262

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case [...] 6811119225

Already got a cooler master extreme power supply 700 watt

And hard drive sata 7200 rpm

The above item cost me about 600 already. What could I swap to make it a better computer?
Is there going to be enough 3 pin for the fan in the HAF-X computer case?
What motherboard should I pick that would support future AMD core while not too expensive?
What other computer case would you recommend me? Do i really need a computer case that expensive? Is it worth it?
My budget is about 600 dollar.
This is my first build and been watching many tutorial.
Any advice is deeply welcome.
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  1. What will the computer be used for? If it's gaming then going with an Intel cpu will make it a better gaming computer and a better video card will also make it a better gaming computer.
    With a low budget you don't get an expensive case like the HAF-X even though it's a great case it's too expensive and the money can be used on a video card.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $59.99 and free shipping.

    You can take the $110 that is saved from the case and put it with the video card money and get this card;

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $224.99 and a $25 rebate makes the final price $199.99 and free shipping.

    If you are using the computer for gaming then you can sitch to this cpu;

    Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
    $124.99 and free shipping.

    It's a dual core cpu but it has hyperthreading so it gives the performance of a four core cpu.

    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $104.99 and free shipping
  2. moornix said:

    I definitely agree with this - if you have a limited budget, getting a $200 case makes absolutely no sense. Put that money in getting the best GPU you can get - dual 550TI is not a good setup by any stretch of the imagination.
  3. The psu is from my old computer, don't see the point of changing it. What make intel better then amd? I would like more advice on computer case and cpu and mobo combination. Thank you.
  4. I guess AMD would like to know also.
    What kind of advice are you looking for on a case? For the most part if you have good air flow then a choice of a case is more of a personal prference and what you want for added features. Usb 3.0 and usb 2.0 ports in the front , the number of 5 1/2 bays and 3 1/2 bays , is it roomy inside or tight , the color of the case as well as the style.,3106-5.html

    This ios a gaming cpu Hierarchy chart and will give you an idea of where the different cpu's fall in order of top to bottom and AMD vs Intel. As you can see by the chart the Intel cpu's are for the most part better at gaming then the AMD cpu's. But as I said previously that doesn't mean that AMD cpu's can't play games , they can and a lot of people do use them to do that . The actual differences might not be that much and depending on the game will either be noticable or not. A lot of people compensate for AMD's lack of gaming performance by overclocking thier cpu. By doing that they are increasing the performance of thier AMD cpu to give them better game play performance. AMD cpu's are know for being easy to overclock but at the same time you have to be able to get rid of the extra heat that is generated by the overclock. Some people don't like to do overclocking so that's why they will go with Intel , to get that better performance without having to overclock.
    With mothrboards you want to make sure that you have two slots that will be able to have video cards in them so that if you decide to Crossfire/SLI then you have the slots available for that. So you want a board that says two Pci-e 2.0 or 3.0 and they are both either x16 or x8.
  5. which intel cpu do u recommend and with which mobo? Thanks for the reply :D ( aiming for a gaming computer with potential upgrade in the future with out changing the motherboard.) I just want a case with very good airflow.
  6. that burned my 300 already.
  7. I picked Intel Core i3-2120

    What motherboard should i get, if in the future i would upgrade my cpu?
  8. Best answer
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $104.99 and free shipping [...] 6813157279

    This is the motherboard that was in my first post and it is also the same one in the combo deal and in that combo deal you will save about $20 , if your going to go with an Intel cpu then you need an Intel socket MB to match. The motherboard does not upgrade the cpu as much as the overall computer. If you go with the MB listed then later on the thing you want to do is add another video card and this MB won't support that so you would have to get one that does and naturally that would cost more. So now lets say that later on you want to add a second video card , then you would want to get this MB now.

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    When you have a computer that is mostly used for gaming then the single most important part is the video card and when you want to upgrade and make your computer better then you add another video card.
    To upgrade the cpu what you do is overclock it.
  9. Best answer selected by eternalgrace.
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