First gaming / performance build - Opinions & Recommendations? Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: July 2, 2012 7:47 PM in Systems Share Nikki2012 July 2, 2012 6:27:47 PM Hello everyone. This is my first diy build and I wanted opinions and recommendations based on the components I've picked out. In total this rig looks to come in around $1000 when finished. Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3 AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single 12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... More about : gaming performance build opinions recommendations g-unit1111 July 2, 2012 6:39:52 PM Don't include MS Office in your budget - get Open Office, it's free. What's the budget and what's the primary use? I wouldn't go AMD right now - go with Intel, faster and better CPUs overall. Nikki2012 July 2, 2012 6:46:17 PM Its a gaming rig for the most part. I'd like to keep the budget under $1000 if I can. Related resources First gaming PC build (~$2000): Opinions and parts help - Forum Finalising first gaming build for £800. Opinions . - Forum First custom build , mostly for gaming , opinions ? - Forum First New Build . I need your opinions and help - Forum Thoughts and opinions of First Gaming Build . - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer g-unit1111 July 2, 2012 6:58:39 PM Nikki2012 said:Its a gaming rig for the most part. I'd like to keep the budget under $1000 if I can. Then definitely lose the MS Office license - it's not a required part of a gaming system. Get Open Office as it's free and has all the programs that MS Office has. Here's what a $1K build I recommend looks like: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg) Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.99 @ NCIX US) Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H) Total: $999.84 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) Nikki2012 July 2, 2012 7:47:27 PM Thank you for the recommendations. I'll take a look at the components you linked. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : Forumhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] rts-stores Forumhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] rts-stores ForumI need opinions on my first build for gaming ForumFirst build in 5 years, opinions .. ForumFirst Gaming Build - Parts Sanity Check / Opinions ForumFirst build ! Full list of components AND peripherals. Opinions /Advice? ForumPerformance build sub $4000 opinions wanted. ForumFirst Gaming PC, opinions please. ForumFirst build ..excited just looking for opinions ForumFirst gaming pc build , need some opinions ForumNeed opinions and assistance on my first Gaming System. ForumFirst Ever Gaming Build - Tips/Suggestions/ Opinions , Please! ForumFirst PC Build , Opinions /Suggestions? ForumPlease review new day trading system with 6 monitors ForumLooking to build strictly gaming pc More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !