Complete Amateur Builder Requesting Assistance

Hello, I am a complete rookie when I comes to building a rig and am looking to ask the community for some assistance on my potential first build (Intended for gaming).

I have selected some parts from Newegg but have absolutely no idea about the compatibility or quality of the parts.

Casing: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
PSU: hec ZEPHYR ZEPHY580MX 580W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.3 / SSI EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339034
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128521
CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
Video Card: PNY VCGGTX550TVXPB GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133431
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
Driver: SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

Wishlist added for convenience https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=20028472

I would really love any feedback, tips, or anything to help really.

Also will note I'm really not trying to make a rig that will smash the latest games but really just something I can play games on reasonable settings smoothly. Budget - $500-$600 room to go over but would prefer not to if possible.

Thanks!

Edited in wishlist, budget and item names.
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  1. Please add those to a wishlist or add the item name next to the links. It will make it better for others to help you.

    For me to help you, I need to know your budget. I am not lazy and can click through links. :P
  2. Please fill this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    I would have to guess your budget is around 600?
    Check out my $650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    Should give you WAY more performance from the CPU and GPU.
  3. Actually, azn posted a good build. No need for me to. Go with his build instead.
  4. Haha thanks azeem.
  5. You DO know more about computer building than me. My Addict status means nothing lol.
  6. Missed Azn's post while editing mine. Thanks a lot for the link!
  7. No problem man. Looks like my build is $50 above your budget. IMO well worth the extra 50 from the CPU and GPU performance you're gaining. But if you really need to close the gap, drop down to the 6850. Would recommend at least a 6870 though for current games.

    Haha thanks very much azeem. You know a lot as well though :)

    i5 2400 vs FX 8150
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=363
    Keep in mind the i5 3450 is about 5-10% better than the i5 2400
    6870 vs 550 ti
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=541
  8. I was just about to post back asking about clarification on the CPU and GPU but you already answered with those links, hehe. Thanks again.
  9. Haha no problem! Good luck!
  10. I know things, but people don't always respect my advice. :P
  11. One last question for you guys. From the Azn posted earlier do you think there is anything that could be possibly downgraded from that without killing performance? It is pushing my budget a bit.
  12. MrYumyums said:
    One last question for you guys. From the Azn posted earlier do you think there is anything that could be possibly downgraded from that without killing performance? It is pushing my budget a bit.

    "But if you really need to close the gap, drop down to the 6850." :)
  13. ^+1 lol as I stated.
  14. Yep, I was too lazy to quote you, remove all those extras, and post back. xD
  15. I was looking more into the all the parts you guys suggested and I changed my mind, I don't think I want to lower/change anything.

    Here is a wishlist with all of what I think I need on newegg. https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=20028932
  16. Your wishlist is restricted.
  17. My attempts to make it public don't seem to be working so I will have to list stuff out I guess.

    Case:
    Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129182

    Mobo:
    ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157326

    Video Card:
    HIS IceQ X H687QN1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161396

    Power Supply:
    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

    Processor:
    AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961

    Memory:
    PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178333

    Hard Drive:
    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
  18. Wait... Are you really linking the FX-8150 or was that a mislink?

    You can't use Intel boards/chipsets with an AMD chip... Also, for gaming I'd reconsider and try for the i5 3450 you'll get much more performance. Granted it's $50 more but well worth it. However if you're fine with that swap the board out with one supporting AM3+ and you'll be solid.
  19. Nvm lol.
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