HELP AMD Gaming Rig for $900

I need help building a gaming PC for $900 but I keep going over and I haven't even put a monitor in yet.
Im getting my parts on Newegg.com and I plan on buying in 2 weeks. I do not need a keyboard, mouse, speakers, and operating system. I do not plan on overclocking or cross-firing.


Specs so far:

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240


CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103960


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514


Graphics: XFX Double D FX-777A-ZDF4 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150597


RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840


Power: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049


Optical Drive: SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM (Will this come with a cable and if not what will I need?)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031


Monitor: (Pending) (Preferred if LED back-lit, 1920-1080 resolution, 5ms or below, good contrast ratio, and has 1 HDMI port


Suggestions are helpful :)
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  1. The FX 8150 doesnt game significantly better than an FX 4100

    this is good news since you can spend much more on your graphics card which is the single most important component to determine gaming performance .
    You need to decide what monitor you will use and use the resolution to determine which graphics card to buy . If its 1080p then the Radeon 7850 is a good performer .

    You would need a 500 watt psu , not 750 watt
    Recently the seasonic 520 watt has been a good price on newegg
  2. How about the 6-cores?
  3. Theres a little improvement when you go above the 4 cores , but its not worth spending money there when the graphics card is much more important to game performance .

    The other important thing to consider is that AMD will soon release its upgraded piledriver cpu's. Its worth buying an FX 4100 now and then considering upgrading to the new processors when they are available and have been benchmarked
  4. Outlander_04 said:
    The FX 8150 doesnt game significantly better than an FX 4100

    this is good news since you can spend much more on your graphics card which is the single most important component to determine gaming performance .
    You need to decide what monitor you will use and use the resolution to determine which graphics card to buy . If its 1080p then the Radeon 7850 is a good performer .

    You would need a 500 watt psu , not 750 watt
    Recently the seasonic 520 watt has been a good price on newegg



    Why is a Quad Core better @ gaming than an Octo Core? Im not very savy on the whole know how. Im learning...so could you explain this please?
  5. Quote:
    The FX8150 doesnt game significantly better than an FX4100


    Guess you answered my question.

    Hey outlander could you take a look @ my thread about my new build and maybe give me some advice?
  6. Thanks for the help
  7. Adrian_JH said:
    Why is a Quad Core better @ gaming than an Octo Core? Im not very savy on the whole know how. Im learning...so could you explain this please?



    The quad is not better , but its also not worse .
    Its happens that way because the game is a program and so far very few games are able to use as many cores as are available

    That will change over time , and already some games can use every core they can . Even so game performance is determined by the graphics card more than the processor in modern high resolution and detail games .
    Its better to have a moderate cpu and a great graphics card than it is to have a great cpu and a moderate graphics card
  8. Hmm just giving alternative ideas : if a Microcenter is within range i would think a $100 1045T,
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382798
    a simple AM3+ budget OC board like the TA970XE and u have a bang for buck machine right there ^^
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0385571
    Channel all savings to an 80+ bronze/gold PSU and a HD 7850 or better?
  9. CPU: i5-2500k 220$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072. It beat any AMD CPU by a mile for gaming.
    Case: Rosewill chalenger awsome for 50$ trust me, I've bought 4 of these for friends: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    Mobo: some mobo around 100$ from Asrock,Asus or gigabyte.
    PSU: Antec 620w (antec make good PSU): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-371-031&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

    for GPU if the hd7850 still suite your budget go for it. Otherwise the 560ti isn't bad

    Edit: If you want me to post a full build I can, Just ask.
  10. Most of the systems I've built over the last few years have been AMD. That said, recent articles and benchmarks (many right here on this site) have shown that there is no longer any price point where Intel does not outperform AMD in games.
    As you can see from http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html even an i3 beats AMD's best (extrapolate from the FX-8120).
    Second, please avoid CM. The company has been proven to be dishonest. Regardless of the quality of other products (which may be outstanding), a rational individual does not support dishonesty, as that is what allows it to thrive.
    This was discovered in competent technical reviews of unrelated products (in this case, many of their PSUs). Many companies exaggerate, or offer best-case scenarios that are unrealistic at best, but claiming protection circuits that are in fact missing is an outright lie. Here are some sample links:
    LL=Liar Label, MC=Missing Circuits

    1. LL: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/art [...] ew/1550/11
    2. MC: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/art [...] iew/1184/9
    3. LL AND MC: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/art [...] iew/1005/9
    4. LL: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/art [...] iew/1034/9
    5. LL: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/art [...] view/969/9

    ...I think that's enough. Once again, this has nothing to do with quality, but with honesty.
    So anyway, there you have it; a company which should not be supported, regardless of the quality of its other products. And get this, it gets worse. Having been called on it, they're going to pull them from the North American market and foist them off elsewhere. This per Gabriel Torres: "I had a meeting with them during Computex and, according to them, they are removing all power supplies with fake wattage from the North American market (and dumping them somewhere else)."
    Fortunately, Rosewill offers similar cases, at similar prices. Antec, Lian Li, and Silverstone also offer high quality cases for this market.
    Finally, since you do not plan on overclocking or Crossfiring, you do not need a 750W PSU; even allowing for something stronger than a HD7770, 500W or 600W will be enough. Choose a quality brand such as Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, or Enermax/LEPA.
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